After a long battle with cancer, Patrick Angelo Mushill passed away at home, surrounded by family on Friday, October 6, 2017, in Pickerington, Ohio. He was 54 years old.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Kay (Campbell) Mushill; his son Kyle Mushill; his daughter Maddison Mushill; his mother Mary Ann (Mushill) Branz; his brothers, Peter (Connie) and Paul (Beth) Mushill; his sisters Karen (Rod) Hartzel, Kathy (Jim) Weber and Kim (Craig) Stephens, his four nephews Andy (Melissa) Stephens, Jarrett Campbell, Conner Campbell and Carsen Campbell; his 10 nieces, Bari Baum, Kasey (Kevin) Carroll , Beth (Ben) Bozicevic, Kelly Mushill, Reilly Mushill, Mallory Mushill, Lauren (Erick) Pielert, Mary Ellen (Eric) Weber, Adrienne Weber, and Sally Stephens.; his great-nephew JT Carroll and his great-niece Lucy Carroll.
Patrick was born on January 13, 1963 in Granite City, IL to his father Paul Mushill, who predeceased him, and his mother Mary Ann Mushill.
As a child, Patrick was a wanderer. He told stories of hopping trains and navigating bridges and abandoned buildings in St. Louis. Much to the dismay of his family, especially his father, there was a lot of waiting at the dinner table for him to come home from those adventures. The great outdoors was where he often found escape; he loved exploring ponds and lakes and bringing home various reptiles. The story of bringing home a bucket of snakes was a favorite.
Patrick joined the Navy in 1983, following in his father’s and uncle’s footsteps in serving their country by way of the water. Due to his sharp mind, he qualified to serve as an ET in the nuclear reactor spaces on board submarines. He spent 10 years in the Navy, 5 years at sea on the USS Woodrow Wilson and USS Seahorse. He had many fond memories of his time in the Navy. They ranged from providing a special North Pole edition submarine tour of the Engineering spaces to Vice-President Al Gore and Congressman Bob Dornan to visiting various destination locations in the US, Scotland, England, Ireland and France. Life under the water can present unique personal challenges, but Patrick’s well known practical jokes and sense of humor brought smiles to all his shipmates. Most recently, Patrick enjoyed sharing his Navy stories with fellow veterans at the American Legion in Pickerington, OH. While stationed in Charleston, SC, Patrick met the love of his life and married Kay (Campbell) Mushill.
After leaving the Navy in early 1992, Patrick and Kay moved and settled in Farmer City, IL where Patrick had secured a position at the then Clinton Nuclear Power station. In 1996, Patrick displayed his unselfishness, and moved to Charlotte, NC, when Kay secured a promotion with Spectrum. Patrick’s professional career then moved on to Bell South where he remotely worked on phone switches located across the SE. His humble and unselfish attitude continued when Kay had another opportunity with Spectrum in Centerville (Dayton) OH, and then again in Pickerington (Columbus) Ohio. Patrick greatly valued family, and would do anything for his two children Kyle and Maddi. He grew up with a parent at home, and felt that it was integral to who he grew to be as an adult. He made the tough decision to put aside his own aspirations, and stayed at home to help his kids reach their own. Patrick made the most of his time at home with Kyle and Maddi, giving them the best of him - his love of sports, his patience, his fun-loving attitude and his love of cooking. He coached multiple seasons of baseball, hockey, soccer, basketball and softball. With his coaching, he impacted not only Kyle and Maddi, but many other children in Centerville and Pickerington Ohio.
Patrick fought an 11-year battle with ocular melanoma. The last six years were the toughest; he endured a lot of mental and physical pain without ever complaining. He was always worried about the impact his illness had on the family rather than himself. Patrick came from humble beginnings in Illinois and in his own ruff-and-tumble way grew up to have a genuine impact by traveling the world, defending his country, and teaching compassion, hard work, dedication, and other life lessons through sports to the future generation.
Patrick requested to be cremated. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 12-2 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home & Crematory, SW Chapel, 3393 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m.
A Committal Service (Military Honors) will be held on Friday, November 3 at 1:45 pm at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery located at 2900 Sheridan Road, St. Louis, MO 63125.
In addition, on Saturday, November 4 from 2 pm to 6 pm, a celebration of Patrick's life will be held at the Knight's of Columbus Hall located at 1 Columbus Plaza, Collinsville, IL 62234. Food and beverages will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
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