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Ralph T. Greener

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Ralph T. Greener Born: Jan. 16, 1928; in Chicago Died: March 30, 2014 Ralph T. Greener, age 86, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at his home. He was married to Jean E. Greener of Missoula (formerly of Crystal Lake) for 58 years; she survives him. Ralph was born Jan. 16, 1928, in Chicago to Ariel and Mildred (Grosser) Greener and was raised in Chicago's (Edison Park). He was brother to Ruth (Greener) Blum of Arroyo Grande, Cali. He attended Ebinger Elementary School and Taft High School in Chicago. He graduated prep school from St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. class of 1946. He received a degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University in 1951. Upon graduation, he began a 21 year career at Home State Bank in Crystal Lake. In 1972, he joined Essex-Costello Real Estate (later becoming Coldwell Banker) and enjoyed a 28 year career as a real estate broker. Ralph and Jean were married on June 11, 1955 . They lived and raised a family in Crystal Lake for many years until 2000, retiring to family lake property in Phelps, Wis. In 2010, they moved with their son, John (Gail) Greener (both formerly of Crystal Lake). to Missoula, Montana. Ralph is also survived by a son, Scott (Jeannine) Greener of Federal Way, Wash. Ralph loved his grandchildren who called him "Aca", Mike Greener of Bozeman, Mont., Eric Greener of Anchorage, Alaska, Katie Greener of Bozeman, Mont. and Allison Greener Federal Way, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Scott Greener. Over the 40 plus years Ralph lived and worked in the Crystal Lake community he was active in the Methodist and Congregational churches; the Crystal Lake Rotary Club and the CL Lion's Club. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Shriner in Medinah Temple and a 32nd degree mason. Ralph spent many years serving on the Crystal Lake Hospital Board. He had many friends and business associates rooted in deep passion for the Crystal Lake community. Ralph was a "regular" at Andy's Restaurant for coffee for a lot of years. Ralph learned to fly when he was 16 and had an active passion for flying and aviation up until just recently. He also spent many summers boating and sailing on the lakes of Wisconsin. A memorial service is planned for 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the University Congregational Church in Missoula, Mont. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please make a donation to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren .org or call 1-800-241-4438.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Apr. 3, 2014
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