Donald R. Patnode

December 22, 2023
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Donald Patnode Obituary

Donald R. Patnode, 89, of Deerfield MA, passed away on Dec. 22, 2023. Born in Greenfield, MA on May 18,1934 and raised in West Deerfield, he was the son of Arthur and Delia (Miner) Patnode. He attended Old Deerfield Grammar School and Deerfield High School before serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a commercial truck driver, retiring from Sandri Energy.

He was a fascinating storyteller who enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He was devoted to his family and was always happy to help friends and neighbors.

He leaves his wife of 67 years, Marilyn of Deerfield; a daughter, Helen Murphy (David) of Greenfield, MA; three grandchildren: Joshua Murphy (Rebekah) of Richmond, NH, Justine Murphy (William) of Newfane, VT, and Jenessa Murphy (Arthur) of New Salem, MA; two great-grandchildren: Tucker and Everett Murphy; a brother, Richard Patnode (Diane) of Hephzibah, GA; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and eight siblings.

A celebration of life will be held on Jan. 14 at 1:00 pm at the Greenfield Elks Lodge (3 Church St., Greenfield, MA). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Donald’s name to the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901 or  Funeral arrangements under the direction of the McCarthy Funeral Homes, John C. Davis, Director. Expressions of remembrance maybe directed to Donald’s Tribute Wall at


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