George E. “Buddy” Patch Jr.

August 12, 1949 ‒ January 01, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

George E. “Buddy” Patch Jr., age 70 of Delaware passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

He was born on August 12, 1949 in Columbus to the late George E. “Bud” Sr. and Helen (Jackson) Patch. A graduate of Dublin High School in 1967, he worked as a self-employed dump truck driver throughout central Ohio. He also had helped on his father’s farm.

Active with both FFA and 4-H, he was a member of IORM Elk Tribe 112 of Hyatts. He loved life and had a passion for old Ford hot-rods and Harley motorcycles. Friendly and ornery to his core, he never met a stranger. With his zest for life, he was one you wanted at every party, his charm lit up the room.

Buddy was a gifted story teller, usually true stories and if not, the joke was on you. Considered a grill master, he worked hard at every endeavor, saw things through to the finish, and never gave up. Both liked and loved, he always made things better.  He treasured spending time with his family who will follow his words of advice that everything will be “ok”.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years Melissa (Leddy); children: Scott (Linda) Patch of Dublin, Sherri and Sophia Patch both of Delaware; grandchildren: Jesse, Crystal, and Mattie Patch, and sister, Teresa “Terry” (Jim) Perry of Leesburg, FL.

He was preceded in death by sisters: Linda Brenning and Virginia “Ginny” Smiley.

Friends may call Monday 5 – 8 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 where services will follow 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday with Pastor Gene Phelps officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Memories and condolences may be expressed at

  • Sorry to hear this. I knew Buddy from dump trucking. He was a colorful character for sure. My condolences to the family. RIP Driver.

  • Buddy will be missed. Many stories will live on forever. He loved life and he loved his wife and family so very much.

  • My heart as heavy as it is i am sure it is just a small shadow to what the family is feeling my thought and prayers are surely with you
    As we get older and the thought of leaving our love ones we could only hope that we touch peoples lives in such a positive way that Buddy has done what a wonderful man and i am sure the family has a ton of good memories
    Bill Hall

  • Every memory if have in my childhood is a good one with Buddy. He was one of the funniest people I have ever known and a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed.

  • Like a brother to me, we made many memories growing up that I will cherish forever. I know you will keep those in heaven in stitches with your Stories and Great sense of Humor. You will be missed by many, Forgotten by None.

    Sending Many Thoughts & Prayers to your family & those who hold you dear to there hearts during this time of Loss & Grief .
    May we all Celebrate your Life as you would have Celebrated knowing that you are now at Peace with the Lord. You will forever be in my Heart old Friend. Much Love

  • Melissa and children:

    I am saddened to hear of Buddy’s passing. I have many fond memories as cousins growing up together. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Dean (Sue) Duffey

  • Rest in Peace my good friend. I will miss you’re wisdom and you’re humor. My condolences to the family.

  • I remember growing up with Buddy. He was always well like and it was well deserved. Wishing for the best to Melissa and the rest of the family. Take care and God Bless and protect his loving family.

  • My condolences and love for the whole family. I’ll remember all the times that we just grinned and shook our heads at his dad. The conversations and banter will be with me till I join them both.

  • Words cannot express how much I will miss the great times we had around school and throughout the years. You were truly my friend and I’m going to miss you throughout the rest of my life.
    My condolences to your family.

  • Dear Buddy I’m sure gonna miss you .you made me laugh so much your heart was full of joy you loved your family so much told us stories that will always be remembered to the patch family my condolences to you . RIP my dear friend

  • Man oh man, what a guy you were Buddy Patch!!You could always make about anyone laugh! You will be missed! My condolences to the family!

  • The world has lost a bright and shining light. Buddy made a lasting impression on my children as they grew up and he had a belly laugh that was contagious. He was kind and compassionate during my dark days. My heart aches for his family and everyone who knew him. He will surely be missed.
    Much love,

  • Much love to you and your family, Melissa. He sure was one of a kind. Funny, kind and said it just like it is. We sure miss him at the yard.