Patrick “Pat” McCormick of Crawfordsville passed away at home. He was 70.

Pat loved to tinker and invent. He was a free-thinking “outside-the-box” type of guy that encouraged his family to do the same. He was a member of the Elks, Masonic Lodge and Vietnam Veteran’s Association. He served his country in Vietnam in the U.S. Army. After coming home, he started work at the McCormick-Metsker Agency and sold real estate. He opened the McCormick Companies, doing electrical, heating and air, and alarms. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix.

Born Feb. 11, 1949, at Crawfordsville, he was the son of Ralph McCormick and Jessie Bass McCormick Metsker Grimes. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School, class of 1967.

Surviving family includes: son Ryan “Pete” McCormick (Cindy); daughter Kristen “Ciss” Romanovich (Chip); three granddaughters, Elyse, Emily and Olivia Romanovich; mother Jessie Grimes; three brothers, Mike McCormick (Nancy), Tim McCormick (Cindy) and Tom McCormick (Nita); step-brother Laine Metsker (Sherry); and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph McCormick; two step-fathers, Bill Metsker and Burley Grimes; and step-brother Alan C. Metsker.

A memorial gathering will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Burkhart Funeral Home, 201 W. Wabash Ave., with services starting at 7 p.m. led by his brother, Tom McCormick. Casual attire is welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707-3392. 

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