Michael P. “Red” Patnode
Michael P. “Red” Patnode, 64, of Saranac Lake, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Born in Saranac Lake on June 8, 1954, he was the son of Robert and Adelaide (Prue) Patnode.
Red was a lifelong resident of the area and had been employed by the New York State Department of Transportation for many years until his retirement. Following his retirement he drove bus for Franklin County Transportation for several years. Red is a charter member of the Paul Smiths Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department, past member of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and the St. Regis Falls Volunteer Fire Department.
He is a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War from 1971to 1974.
Red was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He especially loved his animals.
He is survived by several aunts and uncles including Roland Patnode of Saranac Lake and Mildred Patnode of Onchiota, many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends including Colleen Reed Hough of Saranac Lake He was preceded in death by his father and mother.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A graveside service and celebration of life will take place in the spring in Mt. View Cemetery in Gabriels.
Friends wishing to remember Red Patnode may make memorial contributions to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook atfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.