Merton K. Green Sr.(1923 - 2014)

Merton K. Green, Sr. (2 Aug 1923-20 Jun 2014) After noontime on Friday, June 20th, Merton K. Green, Sr.'s family wished his spirit a safe journey as he silently slipped his moorings and cleared this life's harbor on his much delayed journey home. Home to where many loved ones await him. Home to the farms, woods, fields and waterways of his youth. He honed skills of fishing, hunting and woodcraft, there. He answered the country's call to World War II. He proudly served as C/M 3, U.S. Navy, 61st Seabee Battalion - "The Old Timers." He was active 29 months across the South Pacific; present at Guadalcanal and the Philippine Liberation. Merton returned home disabled and indomitable. During the 60's he served in the CT National Guard. He was a proud member of the American Legion, VFW and DAV among many other organizations. Evelyn Deming, RN, his heart's desire awaited his return. They eloped, her from work at Hartford Hospital and he from his hospital bed in Rutland, MA. They remained inseparable for over 67 years. She survives him. After his retirement from CT State Employment and her retirement from active nursing, they traveled throughout the 49 states and Canada. His siblings Mary, Ralph/Joe, Sheldon and Charles predeceased him, leaving brother Stanley of FL and sisters, Elizabeth (Philip) Gordon of NC, Olive (David) Bineau of OH, Alice (Thomas) Loughnan of Middletown and Mabel Green of Pomfret; their sons are Richard of CO, M. Kenneth Jr. (Barbara) of Woodstock, Raymond (Vicki) of Eastford and Gary of Eastford; also "sons of choice" Ken Koper and Richard Poudrier; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and over 40 nieces and nephews. The memorial for Merton has been scheduled for August 2, 2014 at Eastford Congregational Church with the service at 3PM followed by Full Military Honors at the graveside at Grove Cemetery. A community potluck will follow at the Eastford Congregational Church hall. The Green family would like to express their gratitude to the community of Eastford, Eastford Independent Fire Company, Day Kimball Hospice and many friends and caregivers.

Published in The Hartford Courant from June 26 to June 29, 2014