Wayne C. Patchett

June 22, 2023

Wayne Clifton Patchett, 91, peacefully passed away surrounded by family at Homewood Health Campus in Lebanon on Thursday afternoon, June 22, 2023. He was born near Frankfort on Easter Sunday, March 27,1932, to Berna Clifton and Carrie Heffley Patchett. He was the sixth of seven children. Wayne graduated in 1951 from Michigantown High School, joined the National Guard for a couple of years, and then the Army in November 1953.  He was discharged as Corporal 1st class in October 1955, having served in Korea and Hawaii.

He married Karen Arlene Timmons at the First Christian Church in Colfax on December 15, 1957 and began farming on the same place he was born. His lifelong love of farming and tractors began when he started riding as a toddler on his father’s lap and driving tractors by the age of eleven. When he was a young teenager, he won his first tractor driving contest at the Clinton County fair and he was hooked! Beginning in 1970 Wayne and his family enjoyed being a part of the National Tractor Pullers Association. Consistently placing near the top of the point standings and ultimately winning the coveted Indy Super Pull, Wayne and his tractor, “Black Beauty” were nationally recognized as a top competitor.

He owned and drove his own semi, primarily supplying ingredients to Purina Mills, after retiring from farming in 1986. Later he sold the trucking business and managed Diamond Car Wash for a few years.

Wayne was a member of the Mechanicsburg Christian Church, and American Legion Post 12, Frankfort.

An avid IU basketball fan, he loved his family and treasured time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Visitation and Services

Visitation for Mr. Patchett will be Saturday July 1, 2023 at the Mechanicsburg Christian Church, 650 W. Horton Road, Kirklin, Indiana 46050 from 9-11 a.m. with the service beginning at 11 a.m. at the church. Andrew Ramey will officiate. Burial with Military Rites, conducted by the Clinton County Honor Guard, will follow the service at Green Lawn Cemetery, Frankfort. Memorial donations in memory of Wayne may be made to the Mechanicsburg Christian Church.

Survived by:

Surviving Wayne are his beloved wife, Karen of 65 years; daughters Vicki Arlene (Brian) Hoffman, Becky Eileen (Dwain) Pitzer, Jamie Elaine (Richard) Norman; grandchildren Amy (Wes) Nicley, Brook (Debra) Bowman, Blake (Seagan) Wortley, JD (Aly) Hoffman, Carrie (Matt) Coyle, Sarah Hoffman. Ryan (Melodie) Pitzer, and step grandchildren Josh (Stephanie) Wortley, Cody Norman and Ashlea Norman; 13 great-grandchildren, 5 step great-grandchildren and 3 step great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded by:

Preceding Wayne in death are his parents and 6 siblings, son-in-law James Wortley, and grandson Lee Clifton Hoffman.


Leave your Condolences

15 Condolences for “Wayne C. Patchett”

  1. Beth Demaree June 27, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    Vicki my thoughts are with you and your family. Kim and I left this morning for the Beesley wedding in Colorado. So I wanted you to know my heart is with you.

    • Vicki Hoffman June 27, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you Beth!
      Have safe travels, and enjoy the wonderful celebration.

  2. Randy Jenkins June 29, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Becky and family so sorry. Randy had a lot of good laughs with your dad. In our prayers and thoughts. God Bless Randy & Becky.

  3. Debbie Dunham McCollum June 29, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    Karen, Vicki, Becky and Jamie,
    Thinking of all you at this time. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you now and in the weeks to come.

    • Becky Pitzer June 29, 2023 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you so much for reaching out, Debbie. We appreciate your prayers.

  4. Brenda Click Stevens June 29, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    Although I never actually met either Wayne or Karen, my late beloved Terry Stevens talked about both of you throughout our married life. I felt as I knew you after listening to Terry’s many farm stories he loved to share. He spoke of Karen’s cherry cheesecake he ate during lunch times while working with Wayne on the farm. Those were Terry’s happy times during his teenage years. So sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt prayers and sympathy.

  5. Melea Kercheval June 29, 2023 at 7:29 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss Karen, Vickie, Becky and Jamie and families. Wayne was a blessing to our community and church. He was a class act. You are all in my prayers.

  6. Gary & Marie Lininger June 30, 2023 at 3:43 am

    My condolences to the entire family. Wayne was a great man always with a listening ear and a great story !

    • Jamie Norman July 18, 2023 at 4:21 pm

      He loved having you both as neighbors. Richard and I really miss not seeing you both each time we are back. Please stay in touch!
      Love you both!

  7. Dick Gray June 30, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    Karen and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We had some good times tractor pulling with Black Beauty and Cool Papa. God Bless, Dick and Janet Gray

    • Jamie Norman July 18, 2023 at 4:15 pm

      I’m going to use a comment that was made to us, “Dad made his last Full Pull in this life!” Our families had a lot of good times together! Thank you so much for reaching out, Dick & Janet. We appreciate your prayers.

  8. Phil & Gloria Crum July 13, 2023 at 10:49 am

    So sorry to hear of Wayne’s passing. With sincere sympathies.

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