Representative Russell Albert Patrick View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 10/5/1959
Birth Place: Hawarden, IA
Birth County: Sioux
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 52 (1947) - 56 (1955)
Home County: Sioux
Russell Albert Patrick
Sioux County

RUSSELL A. PATRICK, farmer, cattle feeder and former state representative, died October 5, 1959 at Hawarden, Iowa; born on a farm near Hawarden December 6, 1899, the son of J. A. and Ima Hastings Patrick; graduated from the local high school, attended the University of Minnesota, and was an outstanding athlete in his youth; was a veteran of World War I; married Stella McAninch in 1922, who preceded him in death; became a farm owner and engaged in extensive farm and cattle feeding operations the remainder of his life; participated in community affairs, serving as treasurer of the school board and township assessor for many years; was active in the rural electrification administration, being secretary of the Sioux Electric Cooperative association since its organization; a firm believer in local self-government, was successful Republican candidate for representative in the state legislature in 1946 and re-elected four consecutive terms, serving as chairman of the house appropriations committee, in addition to sitting on a number of other important committees; cited by the press and radio as the outstanding member of the house of representatives during the 1955 session for “his vigor, courage and desire to do the right thing despite his poor health”; retired from public life that year; was a past master of the Masonic lodge, a past noble grand of the Odd Fellows lodge, member of the American Legion, and belonged to the Methodist church; married Bernita Conway of Garner in 1953; survived by his wife and four of five children: Mrs. Charles Bickett, Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Jerry Skogman, Hawarden; Ronald Patrick, a student at Iowa State University; and Jon Patrick, Glenwood, Iowa.