Irving Russell Patterson, of Litchfield, 84, died Dec. 15 in Jupiter, Fla., where he had a winter home. He was the husband of Leonore "Lee" Waltos Patterson for 63 years.

The couple lived in Harwinton for 42 years before moving to Litchfield in 2000.

Mr. Patterson was born Oct. 27, 1928, the son of Russell Lewis Patterson and Alma Campbell Patterson. He graduated from Torrington High School and Packard Business School in New York City.

He was president and chairman of the Patterson Oil Co. for 30 years until he transferred the business to his two sons and retired in 1983.

Mr. Patterson was a director and executive committee member of the First Federal Savings & Loan of Torrington for 18 years.

He served on the board of directors of Hillside Cemetery, Torrington Chamber of Commerce, Torrington YMCA, Connecticut Petroleum Council, American Petroleum Institute and the National Skeet Shooters Association.

He served on the advisory boards of the Hartford National Bank and Rumsey Hall School in Washington.

He was an incorporator of Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and the Brooker Memorial. He served on the Harwinton Planning Commission and later on the Harwinton Finance Committee.

Mr. Patterson was a member of the Torrington Country Club for 55 years and a member of the Jonathan's Landing Golf Club for 25 years.

He was an officer and governor of the Hartford Gun Club and was an accomplished competitive skeet shooter, being the second person in the world to shoot 100 straight targets with a .410 shotgun in a registered meet. In 1968, he was runner-up of the Canadian Open Skeet Championship, shooting 594 straight with a 12-gauge shotgun.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Patterson is survived by his two sons, Barry S. Patterson, and his wife, Susan, of Harwinton; and Dirk C. Patterson, and his wife, Marla, of Litchfield; four grandchildren, Emily Nicholas, and her husband, Thomas, of Chicago; Russell Patterson, and his wife, Katie; Sam Patterson, and his wife, Kimberly; and Charles Patterson, of Harwinton; and three great-grandchildren, Anthony, Nicholas and Connor.

Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in Torrington.