Richard F. Greene, 87
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Funeral services for Richard F. Greene, 87, of Bull Shoals, Arkansas will be 11AM, Monday, April 29, 2013, at the First Baptist Church of Bull Shoals with Pastor Dave Hamner officiating. Visitation will be from 10AM until service time, at the church. Military Honors by the United States Marines and the Hoevel-Barnett Post #1341 VFW. Richard left this earth April 20, 2013, at 8:25AM at peace with his face glowing. Jesus had sent his Angel to take Richard's hand and take him to heaven into the arms of Jesus Christ, his Saviour. Meeting and talking to Richard, you knew he loved the Lord, was a proud Marine, and a dedicated Cubs and Bears fan.
Richard and his twin brother were born on December 3, 1925 at Highland Park, Michigan to Erwin F. and Martha Ethel Cole Greene. His parents moved to Mozart Street in Chicago. Richard's father took the boys to many Cubs games, instilling in him his life-long love of the Cubs and Bears. Richard and his friends enlisted in the Marines after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After boot camp, he was sent to Pearl Harbor and assigned to the 6th Marine Division aboard the CA-24USS Pensacola. They sailed through the South Pacific (Solomon Islands, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, Japan Battle of Midway) being torpedoed along the way, losing many men and officers. The last battle was at Iwo Jima. After being discharged, in 1945, he returned to Chicago, where he married Harriet McDowell and had three children before Harriet passed away from cancer. Richard married Judy Keys (Tullis) and in 1987 in Princeton, Wisconsin. They retired to Bull Shoals, Arkansas, where he played he piano at nursing homes and the organ for church. He loved fishing on the lake and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Greene of Bull Shoals, AR; son, Thomas (Susan) Greene of LaValle, WI; two daughters, Donna Joy (Neil) Dolgner of Marshfield, WI and Mary (Jerry) Dahlke of Kelso, WA; one step-son, Reverend Billy (Nancy) Keys of Appleton, WI; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and good friends George and Virginia Davis, Kevin Weigler, and Kathy Sweeney. His first wife, brother and parents preceded him in death.
Memorials may be made to the Bull Shoals Food Pantry or Hospice of the Ozarks.
Arrangements by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Bull Shoals, Arkansas. Please visit our online guestbook/obituary at kirbyandfamily.com.
Published in Baxter Bulletin from Apr. 24 to Apr. 27, 2013