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James J. Patton, age 73 of New Albany, OH and Jupiter, FL, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. Jim was born in Columbus, OH on November 6, 1944 to the late Earl and Bernadine Patton. He was a graduate of Ohio University and obtained his Master of Business at Central Michigan University.
Jim began his career as an accountant and auditor for companies such as WR Grace and Stokely Van Camp. With his innate sense of business and his entrepreneurial spirit Jim founded his own company, Patton Wallcoverings, Inc. in 1974. Jim grew this business and turned it into an international wallcovering distribution and manufacturing company. Through Jim’s dedication and hard work he became a highly respected international leader in the wallcovering industry.
Jim was a gregarious, loving, generous man with an unwavering will. He lived life to the fullest. Jim never failed to say what was on his mind and he kept all of us on our toes. He was smart, witty, ornery, to the point, passionate and full of life. He was strong in his convictions and equally strong in his determination to help others. He shared his knowledge, his time and resources to help anyone in need. Although Jim loved working, his real passion was being on the water. An avid boater, he enjoyed spending his free time on the Atlantic Ocean. His favorite activity was being behind the wheel of a boat and he relished the adventures that would bring. And wine…. Jim loved wine. If you have met Jim it is certain that you have not forgotten him. He will be dearly missed by many.
In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Lydia Keller. He is survived by his wife Mariann, daughter Jean, sister Sue Litzinger, brother Bill (Dena), brother-in-law John (Tonja) Romine, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, special cousins Mary Jo (Bob) Mayhan and Becky (Rich) Mihans, many special friends and business colleagues and his dog Jake. Friends may call at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 403 East Broad St., Columbus, OH on Friday, November 2 from 4pm to 7:30pm. Prayer service begins at 7:30. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, November 3 at Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel at St Joseph’s Cemetery, 6440 South High St. Lockbourne, OH.