KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Homer Patchin, a 107-year-old World War II veteran, was laid to rest on Wednesday morning in Kansas City. His only daughter, Donna Schrieber, said her father led a full life.
“He was friendly; he would talk to anyone,” she said.
Patchin served in the Navy during WWII, but almost didn’t make the cut. Born in 1905, Patchin at 37 was too old too enlist. However, his sister made some changes to his birth date in the family Bible, so Patchin thought he was two years younger.
“She wanted to be the younger, so she put her age younger, so that’s what made daddy two years younger,” Schrieber said.
Patchin was a gunner on a warship. One time at sea a kamikaze pilot rammed his plane into the side of Patchin’s ship.
“He had so many stories to tell, and it was wonderful for him to be in the Navy,” Schrieber said.
Patchin’s wife passed away 20 years ago, but family members say he flirted with all the women at the nursing home and was in good health until the past year. Patchin was also known for having a deep love for his family.
Family members believe at the time of Patchin’s death, he was the oldest American World War II veteran.
He leaves behind a legacy, including one daughter, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.