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James (Pat) Head

November 14, 1938 — November 18, 2016

James Patrick ‘Pat’ Head was born November 14th, 1938 at his home located in Hawesville, Kentucky. He was the son of William ‘Bill’ and Carmel ‘Carm’ (Johnson) Head. Pat passed away comfortably and peacefully November 18th, 2016 at Penrose Hospital located in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of seventy-eight after living a full life.
Pat was baptized in the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church located in Philpot, Kentucky and celebrated the sacraments of Reconciliation, the Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage and the Anointing of the Sick throughout his life. In 1939 he relocated with his parents to Iowa. Pat graduated in 1956 from Dow City Community Schools. After graduation he attended an airline school located in the Chicago area.
On February 27th, 1960, Pat was united in marriage to Marilyn Malone at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church located in Dow City, Iowa. Pat started out as an employee at an agriculture elevator and as a farmer. Soon, he transitioned to the energy business where he enjoyed a long and prosperous career. Most of his time was spent working with propane. Pat started at the bottom and worked his way up. He filled cylinders, set tanks, delivered gas, and managed plants, districts, regions & transport operations. During retirement he worked part-time as a shuttle driver for a vehicle dealership. His career enabled him to experience much of the United States. In addition to Iowa and Kentucky, Pat lived in Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The couple was blessed with six children, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and two step grandchildren. They were also very close to David and Julie Hassa of Havre, Montana (and their children, Devon and Jaycelyn).
Pat enjoyed traveling, gardening, woodworking, watching NASCAR races and spending time with his family (most especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren). His favorite place to vacation was Hawaii. Pat made furniture, finished basements and garages, built decks and sheds, and enjoyed various other woodworking projects. He attended or participated in various events in support of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pat was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Loyal Order of Moose.
Preceding Pat in death were his father, William Ray Head; a brother, William Sylvester Head; one infant daughter, Julie Kay Head; and one infant grandson, Benjamin Kenneth Weyand. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn of Peyton, Colorado; his mother Carmel Head of Dunlap, Iowa; two daughters Gail Weyand and her husband Ken of Peyton, Colorado, and Janet Hirlinger and her husband Ted of Harrison, Ohio; three sons Jeffrey and his wife Jennifer of Saint Michael, Minnesota, Steven and his wife Kymberly of Ramona, California, and Russell and his wife Beverly of Rosemount, Minnesota; two sisters, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ McKnight and her husband Roger of Coweta, Oklahoma, and Noel Lahr and her husband Butch of Grove, Oklahoma; one brother, Thomas ‘Tom’ and his wife Pat of Dow City, Iowa; four granddaughters, Laura Jo (Hirlinger), Lauren, Lindsay and Olivia; five grandsons, Charles (Weyand), Christian, Theo (Hirlinger), William ‘Billy’ and Zachary; one step granddaughter, Hannah; one step grandson, Richard; one great granddaughter, Abigail ‘Abi’ (Weyand); three great grandsons Colin, Ethan and Jacob; and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care of Penrose Hospital located at 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906.

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