Edward Patrick “Pat” Ormiston, 51, returned home to eternal life Jan. 6, 2018. He was a mechanical engineer for Caterpillar.
A memorial service celebrating his life is 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Bell Ridge Christian Church, where he was a member.
Mr. Ormiston was born June 6, 1966, at LaPorte, Ind., the son of Kenneth and Joan Carman Ormiston. He married Vanessa Monsalvo Villalobo, and she survives.
He is also survived by children, Kade Patrick and Mila Jo of Oceanside, Calif., and Sean Patrick, mother Christine Bilgri, of Lena; brother, Kenneth Lee (Connie) Ormiston Jr. of Paris; and sisters, Kathleen Chambers of Redondo Beach, Calif., Nancee Ormiston (Joe Abdallah) of Los Alamos, N.M., Dawn (Alan) Homann of Charleston and Julie Alexander (Doug Cox) of Chatham.
He was preceded in death by brother, Douglas; nephews, Jesse and Benjamin; brothers-in-law, Robert Chambers and Benjamin Babbitt; and grandparents, Edward and Vivian Carman and William and Bernice Ormiston.
Mr. Ormiston graduated Crestwood Elementary in 1980 and Paris High School in 1984 where he enjoyed competing in basketball, football and track. He decided early in life to pursue his interests in mechanical engineering and attended Millikin University, Lakeland Community College and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1989. He joined Caterpillar upon graduation and remained there for the duration of his 28-year career. Much of his work for Caterpillar was performed on some of the largest, wheeled-machines in the world known as mining dump trucks.
Colleagues described him as follows: “Early in his career Pat led and mentored many other engineers in the use of advanced structural analysis and simulation techniques. As his experience grew, he took on leadership roles using these techniques to create solutions for complex engineering problems. As his vision mounted, he became a respected leader of engineering teams in machine concept and new product development. Pat always thought and worked outside-the-box. This gave him the ability to significantly improve products, create new products and sometimes work around political and corporate barriers to complete the work successfully. His design and engineering legacy can be found on multiple large mining trucks and state of the art quarry trucks. He became a visionary with off-highway industrial product development. In his humble way, he would be satisfied with these accomplishments, minimize praise, and divert credit he felt was due to his team members and peers. Pat forged life-long relationships with his co-workers and they became his second family. They have provided an immense amount of support to Pat and his family during his illness. As a friend, he was generous and generally concerned about the well being of others. He gave opportunities to others that he could have taken himself. He used his out-of-the-box thinking and vision to give ideas to people to support their interests or improve their lives. To some of his close friends it seemed more like a brotherhood.”
Mr. Ormiston enjoyed living by the motto “Work hard, play harder.” The wheel became his passion in his work and hobbies. He engineered large-wheeled dump trucks at work. Out of work he hopped on his two-wheeled bicycle for adventures around the world. He always took the opportunity to take his friends, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and children along.
Some highlights included motorcycling in the peaks of Peru, off-roading in California and Arizona, hiking in Colombia and mountain biking through the western United States, the Midwest and the Smoky Mountains, as well as, seven different countries.
He designed and built a log cabin in Sullivan, Ill., with his father and uncle, which has been enjoyed by the entire family over the years. His true joy in life was his wife and children. His wife, Vanessa, complimented his love for travel, and they made many trips to Columbia to visit her family and spent many hours with Kade and Mila enjoying time together on the beaches of California. He shared his love of biking with Kade and Mila, who learned to ride at a young age.
He and Sean shared the love of competition when it came to basketball, football and track, whether competing against one another, watching the professionals play or watching Sean play and cheering him on as his number one fan. He was passionate about technology and took on video/photography as a hobby. He loved his family and they became his subjects. He captured videos of sporting events and took portrait shots of his family. Sean’s mother Christine, continues the legacy by filming videos that allow our family to follow Sean’s sporting events.
Mr. Ormiston courageously fought a 14-month battle with melanoma, the same disease that took his brother, Doug. The family thanks the entire medical team at UCSD La Jolla for the steadfast and compassionate care they gave him. Dr. Gregory Daniels, Dr. Daniel Simpson, Dr. Alexander Khalessi and Brian Sutton, PA, were instrumental in caring for him and his family during this time.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pat Ormiston Memorial Education Fund for his three children (Sean 16, Kade 4 and Mila 3) at First Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 880, Paris, IL 61944-7558, or the D.O. IT Fund, in care of the Edgar County Community Foundation, 404 E Court Street, Paris, IL 61944. The D.O. IT Fund was created in honor of Pat’s brother, Doug, in 2001 and provides financial support annually of up to $500 each for about 25 to 35 Edgar County residents being treated for cancer.
“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life, I ride a bike to add life to my days.”