GREENE, John Daniel|
John Daniel Greene was called home on November 25, 2013 after succumbing to pneumonia.
John was born near Liberty, North Carolina on March 6, 1923, the third of four children born to Eli and Aileen Greene.
Mr. Greene graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he was in the ROTC program. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer. John was a decorated veteran earning the rank of Captain in the Air Force and honorably served his country in World War II and the Korean War.
He met the love of his life, Bonnie Thorpe in 1949 while undergoing pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. They were married on September 6, 1952, and after a honeymoon in San Francisco they left to start their married life in Japan, where John was stationed at Yakota Air Force Base.
In 1958, Captain Greene resigned his commission and joined the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). After a successful and distinguished career in the FAA, John retired in January 1983. Upon retirement John devoted himself to some of his favorite pastimes - golf, gardening, and family. He was renowned for his home-grown tomatoes and prided himself on the spoiling of his grandson Michael. For many years after retirement John loved to play golf at Georgetown Country Club where he spent many enjoyable hours with good friends.
Mr. Greene was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and had been residing in the Memory Care Unit of The Wesleyan at Scenic Nursing Home when he became ill with pneumonia. The Greene family wishes to express gratitude to the East Wing staff for the wonderful care given to Mr. Greene over the last few years.
John and Bonnie were devoted to each other for 65 years and his passing brings to a close a wonderful, loving partnership.
Mr. Greene is survived by his loving wife Bonnie, daughter Gloria Greene Adair, her husband Marshall, grandson Michael Adair and great-grandchildren Addison and Aiden Adair, all of Round Rock, Texas.
John will be remembered by all who knew and loved him for his keen wit, wonderful sense of humor and warm, engaging personality.
Special thanks and appreciation go to the ICU and 2nd floor nursing staff of St. David's Hospital in Georgetown. Your compassionate care helped ease John's passing and our suffering from his loss.
*Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery.
Please visit Mr. Greene's memorial page at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2013