SAINT MARYS, Ohio – Roy Stuart Patten MD, 73, of 802 East Spring St., Saint Marys, Ohio, died Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at his residence. He was born April 28, 1933, in Arequipa, Peru, South America, to Roy S. and Evelyn (Lawrence) Patten Sr. Dr. Patten was raised and educated in England. He came to the United States in 1956, as a laboratory technician and later graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1963. After internship and residency in Baltimore, Md., he returned to Florida, where he received training in the specialties of hematology and oncology. He was a board-certified physician, operating in private practice in Bangor for many years. In 1985, he came to Mercer County, Ohio to “semi-retire,” and promptly established a clinic at Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, Ohio. He then established a full-time hematology and oncology practice in Saint Marys, Ohio. He served on the board of directors at the Drake/Mercer County Hospice, now State of the Heart Hospice, since 1987, and also served as a former chief of medical staff at the JTDM Hospital in Saint Marys. Dr. Patten was also an ordained minister, who focused on healing both body and soul of his many patients. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Matthews, whom he married May 25, 1962; a son, Dr. John Patten and wife, Naomi, of Bangor; three daughters, Julia Cross and husband, Kirk, of Costa Mesa, Calif., Cynthia Tann and husband, Douglas, of Mainville, Ohio, Wendy Wampler and husband, Carl, of Buffalo, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Patricia Lucey of Bonnybridge, Scotland; and a mother-in-law, Bernice Matthews of Rockford, Ill. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Peter Patten. Services for Dr. Patten are scheduled 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, 314 West High St., Saint Marys, Ohio, with the Rev. Doug Defoe officiating. Burial will follow at the Swamp College Cemetery, near Celina, Ohio. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, High Street. Memorial contributions may be directed to the State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at