Wedes, 84, died July 22 after a long fight with cancer, leaving behind generations of "Patches Pals" and fans across the nation.
Wedes was the featured guest at the banquet. In addition to being named a General, he received Strategies' "I Care about Kids" Award and was given a patchwork quilt sewn by the lieutenant governor's spouse Linda. Accompaning Wedes that night was his wife of 52 years, Joan.
The J.P. Patches popular show featuring a whacky cast of characters entertained children on Seattle's KIRO TV from 1958 to 1981. Wedes continued to entertain children and adults at parades, festivals and other and local events well into his early 80s, despite his illness.
"He will be missed," said Roger Flygare, adjutant general. Media coverage of General Patches' death has been extensive, including these obituaries in the Seattle Times and on KIRO TV.