John Patras

John Thomas Patras was born near Chambers, NE, on July 9, 1931.  He was the fifth of six children born to Amos and Elsie (Kramer) Patras. John’s mother died when he was three years old, and his father had a lifelong illness. Amos was a loving father, but his health kept him from caring for his six children. As a result, the family was divided up by the state and placed in the foster system. John and his younger brother Ray lived in a series of foster situations. At 12 years old, John and Ray moved to a boys’ home in Diller, NE. At Diller High School, he met Elaine, and after dating 5 years, they married in 1952. They had two children, P...


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