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Adam David Patterson

November 8, 1985 ~ May 29, 2022 (age 36)


Adam David Patterson, 36, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at his mother’s home.

He was born on November 8, 1985, in Punxsutawney the son of Kenneth Alan Pearce and Tammy Jean (Patterson) Hawk.

Adam graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School and immediately enlisted in the United States Army. During his time in the Army, he received the rank of Sergeant and did two tours in Iraq.  Adam excelled in the military, he was one of the youngest men to make Sergeant.  He received the Army Commendation medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Infantryman Badge.  As a result of his Army service, he suffered dearly from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  His family would like people to know that twenty-two Iraqi & Afghanistan Veterans take their own life every day.

He loved his family, especially his mother and brother Brandon.  They were his go to people when things got bad for him.  He loved Gobs and always had his mom bake him some whenever she had the time.  He enjoyed riding his dirt bike and four wheeling with Brandon and Dakotah.  He had a very kind heart and would not hurt a fly, he humanely caught mice on sticky traps and set them free outside, he poked holes in his mom’s June Bug bags to let them escape.  He loved his mom’s dog Cleo as well.

In addition to his parents, Adam is survived by his stepmother, Wendy (Burge) Pearce, his stepfather, Don Hawk, and his mother’s companion, John Kaylor Jr.; three brothers: Michael Patterson and his companion Amanda Ecelberger of Hamilton, Brandon Pearce and his companion Dakotah Jackson of Glen Campbell, Scott Shields of West Virginia; three sisters: Chantal Pearce and fiancé Steven of Punxsutawney, Shelby Pearce and fiancé Corey Burke of Mahaffey and Kenesha (Pearce) Lewis and her husband Andrew of Harrisburg; a step sister, Andrea Hayden and her husband Andy; his maternal grandmother, Kathy Patterson of Punxsutawney, aunt Sabrina (Pearce) Manners of Plumville; two uncles, Jamie Shank and Joshua Pearce, both of Punxsutawney; two cousins, Bud Wright of Rossiter and Jennifer Shaffer Wright; numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Robert “Bob” Pearce and Kathy Pearce; great grandparents, George and Peg Rumsey and Gerald and Vivian Wright; cousin Cherish Wright; uncles, Jerry Conrad, Bobbie Pearce and Charles “Chuck” Patterson; niece, Sophia Pearce.

Friends will be received from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.  A funeral service will held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Fry Cemetery, Banks Township, Indiana County.

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