Former Gerrish Township fire chief John William Patchin, 73, Roscommon, died March 16, 2020, in West Branch.

The family will accept friends for the burial at Gerrish Township Cemetery Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. Due to COVID-19 state restrictions, a private, family-only service will be held at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North at 10 a.m. before the burial. The church service and burial will be streamed live to the Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors’ Facebook page at

The family prefers memorial contributions be made to the Gerrish Township Fire Association or to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North.

He was born May 16, 1946, in Charlotte, the son of Harold and Marjorie (Burges) Patchin. He and Sharon Eddy were united in marrige Feb. 4, 1967, in Lansing.

In his own words, “I enjoy my service to the community as a member of the Gerrish Township Fire and EMS Department.”

Mr. Patchin had 45 years of dedicated fire service between DeWitt, Grand Ledge and Gerrish Township. He held various titles, including engineer, lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and, ultimately, chief. He was also an accomplished state-certified fire instructor, having received the 2015 Northern Regional Instructor of the Year Award.

He was also the proud president and owner of CSI Industrial Systems, and the founder of CSI Emergency Apparatus.

He enjoyed playing golf and tennis, as well as going boating and skiing. He was also an accomplished pilot, and enjoyed every aspect of aviation. He and his wife were also longtime members of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North.

Most of all, he enjoyed people, and spending time with his many friends and family members. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and siblings Judy, Maryann, Shirley and Bud.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Sharon; children, Scott (Kathleen) Patchin and Greg (Jennifer) Patchin; grandchildren, Lea (Adam) Fischer, Seth Patchin, Karly Patchin and Jack Patchin; great-granddaughter, Aurelia Belle Fischer; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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