Robert J. "Bob" Greene of Warm Springs, Mont., died of cancer at his home on March 15, 2009.
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Bob was born on Sept. 15, 1919, in Cut Bank to Leonard L. Greene and Gertrude Elizabeth Reiner. He was the fourth of six children.
Bob was raised in Lewistown. He graduated from Fergus County High School and from The University of Montana at Missoula with a degree in zoology and was elected into the Phi Sigma National Honorary Society. While in college, Bob became a ROTC cadet major and was awarded the American Legion Distinguished Service Medal.
In 1943, he entered the army and in 1944, as a second lieutenant, was assigned to the 406th Infantry Regiment (cannon and anti-tank company) of the 102nd Division (The Ozarks). With his company, he fought throughout France and Germany, participated in occupation activities in Germany and Italy and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
While stationed in Milan, Italy, he met his wife, Kay, who was working with the Milano Red Cross Club. They were later married in Stillwater, Minn., on June 11, 1947. Shortly after, Bob went to work for the Montana Fish and Game Department, and in 1951 moved to the State Game Farm at Warm Springs, where he managed the pheasant game farm for 33 years. There he and his wife adopted and raised two daughters, Mary Lynn and Jo Ann. He and Kay remained in their beloved Warm Springs home until their deaths, nearly 60 years.
During his 38-year career, Bob was involved in many other bird raising and habitat restoration projects around Montana including the introduction of wild geese, turkeys, sage grouse and the surveying of duck populations. Bob was most noted for his work that helped transform the ACM mine waste disposal sites in the Warm Springs area into a major wetland and waterfowl production area. Robert continued his dedicated work in Fish and Game projects for many years after his retirement as a volunteer, and in 1986 traveled to Pakistan to advise in the creation of game farms there.
Bob loved the outdoors. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and building and maintaining birdhouses around the region. He was also very active in his community. He was a lifelong member of the Anaconda First Presbyterian Church, a member of the Toastmasters Club and was very active in the Deer Lodge Elks Club where he held several offices including exalted ruler and state president. Bob loved family gatherings and playing with his grandchildren. He was a great storyteller and brought fun and laughter everywhere he went.
He is survived by his daughters, Mary Lynn Fay (Jim), and Jo Ann Davis (Scott); grandchildren, Rob Davis (Torie), Sean Davis (Julie), Rosalyn, Sam and Andrew Fay; and great-grandchildren, Aspen Fay, Zack and Hunter Davis.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay, and five brothers and sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 20, at First Presbyterian Church of Anaconda. Inurnment will be conducted at Fort Harrison with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian, B.P.O.E. State Foundation, or to Pintler Hospice of Anaconda.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 18, 2009