SARANAC LAKE - Raymond H. Patnode, 79, formerly of Kiwassa Road, Saranac Lake, and more recently of the Neighborhood House in Keene Valley, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at Uihlein Living Center in Lake Placid, where he had been a resident since March.
Born in Onchiota on May 30, 1932, he was the son of Oliver and Dora (Lamora) Patnode. He married Dorothy Murphy on Sept. 23, 1962, in Black Brook. She predeceased him on Sept. 1, 1999.
Mr. Patnode is a lifelong resident of the Saranac Lake area and at the time of his retirement had been employed as the executive director for the Harrietstown Housing Authority. Prior to that he had worked for Resort Cable for 10 years and was instrumental in expanding cable service to Tupper Lake. He had also worked at Western Auto in Saranac Lake, Santa's Workshop in Wilmington and had owned and operated a motel in Wilmington for a short time. Prior to that, Raymond was partners with his twin brother Roland in Patnode Brothers TV. He is a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1952 to 1954. Following his honorable discharge from active duty, he served six years in the Army Reserve. Raymond was a past member of the Saranac Lake Lions Club and a member and past officer of the Saranac Lake Elks Club BPOE 1508.
He is survived by three sons: Edward Patnode of Saginaw, Mich., Scott Patnode of Saranac Lake and Matthew Patnode of Fargo, N.D.; his companion of more than 10 years, Dolores Commo of Saranac Lake; two brothers: Francis Patnode and his wife Violet of Glens Falls and Roland Patnode and his wife Jackie of Saranac Lake; and two sisters: Geneva Hammer and her husband Edward of Valparaiso, Ind., and Mildred Patnode of Onchiota. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Briana and Alexandria Patnode of Saranac Lake, Joel Patnode of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Alyssa Patnode of San Diego, Calif., Cameron Patnode of Lake Placid and Sobhan Patnode of Chazy; three step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, one son, Mark Patnode, and three brothers: Walton, Robert and Harold Patnode.
Calling hours will take place from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. An Elks service will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at noon Thursday, May 31, at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake, with the Rev. Mark Reilly officiating. Interment will take place in St. Matthew's Cemetery in Black Brook at the convenience of the family.
Friends wishing to remember Raymond H. Patnode may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association or the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.