Doctor Patterson was a dental specialist in Joplin. He was a graduate of Missouri Southern State College, and lifelong Joplin resident. Doctor Patterson received his dental degree from the Iniversity of Missouri in Kansas City. He started his practice in Joplin in 1979. A memorial service for Dr. Patterson is scheduled for Thursday evening. The ceremony will take place at seven o`clock at the 1st United Methodist Church located at 501 West 4th Street. Contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the Missouri Southern Biology Department.