KANSAS CITY, Mo. - He saw more than most of us will ever see. Homer Patchin is perhaps one of the oldest World War II veterans in the nation, but he passed away this weekend at 107 years old.
Patchin's daughter Donna Schreiber said he lived a good life.
"To me he was a wonderful friend and father. He wanted to protect me and really take care of me and mother," she said.
Patchin would also protect the rest of the country, fighting in the navy aboard the USS Montpelier ship during WWII.
Schreiber said her father had no shortage of stories to tell.
"He said there were twins on the boat. One was killed one wasn't. And watching them, you know, burying them at sea bothered him quite a bit," she said.
Patchin oftentimes scribbled dates and where he was headed in a small notebook that his daughter still keeps.
His family said Patchin passed away in his sleep Sunday.
His family jokes that his career as a jack of all trades at a brewing company in St. Joseph allowed him to live that long.
"We said that's how he lived to be 107, tasted too much beer," Schreiber said.
Theodore Roosevelt was president when Patchin was born and transportation in his day were carriages.
"He heard this noise he didn't know what it was and he and my uncle went in the house and told grandpa well there are gypsies coming down the road so grandpa got his gun and went out there well come to find out it was a horses carriage," his daughter said.
A living piece of history now gone, but his stories will live on in his three grandkids, six great grandkids and four great, great grandkids.
Patchin's funeral will be held Wednesday and the family sadi they are expecting the honor guard to be there, too.
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