Larry “Horse” Leonard Patten, the son of Duane J. and Marlis J. (Herbst) Patten, was born on July 19, 1957, in Harlan, Iowa. He attended the Harlan Community Schools. On May 11, 1974, Horse married Tami Ann Holzer in Lohraville, Iowa. They remained very close friends. In 1977, Larry entered the United States Marine Corps; he served his country for three years.
For several years, Horse worked around the United States as a foreman for underground cable construction and road construction crews. Most recently, he worked for Cogdill Farm Supply in Panama, Iowa.
Horse enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially like to spend time with his dog, Lucas.
Larry L. Patten died on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at Myrtue Medical Center in Harlan, Iowa, at the age of 51 years, 3 months, and 17 days.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, and one sister-in-law, Sandy Patten. He is survived by three daughters, Billie Jo (Steve) Thompson of Harlan, Iowa, Lisa Patten of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Diane (Brian) Baxter of Harlan, Iowa; his mother, Marlis Patten of Harlan, Iowa; four brothers, Steven Patten of Harlan, Iowa, Garry Patten of Magnolia, Texas, Ronald (Gena) Patten of Conroe, Texas, and Danny (Faye) Patten of Earling, Iowa; one sister, Jane (Dennis) Olson of Des Moines, Iowa; his former wife, Tami Patten of Harlan, Iowa; ten grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Military rites were held on Saturday, November 8, 2008, at Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa. The Shelby County VFW Post #941 and Helmer Reyelt AL Post #150 were in charge of the ceremony. Richard Carl was the trumpeter. Honorary casket bearers were Steven Patten, Garry Patten, Ronald Patten, Brian Baxter, Danny Patten, and Dennis Olson, The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at www.burmeisterjohannsen.com.