Tim Patena was always upbeat and positive and had a great sense of humor, said his wife, Deann Patena.
“Many people mentioned how he could make anyone’s day better, just by being around,” she said.
Tim Patena, 62, of Crown Point, died Dec. 17. He had been the sales manager for NB Coatings, of Lansing, Ill. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University.
He loved classic cars and attending car shows, and loved music of all kinds. He also enjoyed playing golf, his wife said.
The couple got engaged while in Hawaii, and made a return trip for their five-year anniversary. They also returned last October for their 10th anniversary, with their daughter, Claire, and Deann Patena’s parents, who were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Deann Patena said they enjoyed many family vacations, including three trips to Disney around Halloween and several trips to Arizona.
“He was an amazing father and husband,” she said. “He spent most of his time spoiling us. He would bring me flowers on the first day of summer because that was our favorite season.”
He would make his “world famous” potato soup and chili, and make his mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce.
He doted on Claire, taking her to school and getting home shortly after she returned from school.
“It was a priority for him to help her with her homework every night, and he took her to piano lessons as they share the same love for music,” she said. “He spent a lot of time with her, teaching her all of his secrets, so she knows more how to do things than me.”
Deann Patena said her husband was always willing to help others and believed in living life to its fullest.
“People enjoyed his unique sense of humor, his original point of view and his positive attitude,” she said