Randolph H. Greene LUBBOCK- Randolph H. Greene passed away Friday, December 14, 2012 in Lubbock, Texas. He was born to Orus C. Greene and Tillie Burch Greene August 22, 1923 in Bluegrove, Texas but moved to Lubbock at the age of 14 and was the oldest of six children. After a long, happy and productive life Randy was blessed with a perfectly peaceful passing, drifting into the Long Winter Nap he wished for. He was a WWII veteran serving with the Army in the Combat Engineers. He was part of General MacArthur's campaign for the re-conquest of the Philippines working on the island of Morotai when an exploding landmine caused injuries to both eyes and other wounds. Randy returned home a blinded, disabled veteran, but this only marked the beginning of a career in which he has accumulated a long and remarkable series of professional, social and personal accomplishments. He was a Tech graduate with a Master in Psychology specializing in blind rehabilitation. He spent decades assisting untold numbers of people learning how to be self-sufficient, competent, productive citizens. His example was the inspiration to many of how to live fully even with a disability. He was active in numerous civic, rehabilitation and military organizations often volunteering service with local and regional groups associated in various ways serving as active member, president or on the board. In 1975, Randy was named the Texas Handicapped Person of the Year; and in 1976 he was named Veteran of the Year by the Disabled American Veterans. In 2006, he was honored at the National Convention of the Blinded Veterans Association with their highest award, the Major General Melvin J. Maas award for Lifetime Achievement. When the post office issued Braille postage Randy was part of the ceremony in Washington DC. In addition to a busy business and community life Randy took great pleasure in fishing, carpentry, gardening, music and spending time with family. He was also an avid Texas Tech and Dallas Cowboy's sports fan. Survivors are his wife of 67 years, Viola Burton Greene; three daughters, Linda and Greg Anderson of Flower Mound, Texas, Betty and Paul Pogue of Lubbock, and Sharla Masso of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, Zachary and Tyler Anderson, Tami Walters and Ike Harper, Michelle Masso and Melanie Buckberry; six great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, George and Ann Greene of Luling, Texas, and David and Paula Green of Bastrop, Texas; and two additional sisters-in-law, Wanda Greene of Littleton, Colo. and Jane Greene Round of Rock, Texas. Services will be in Resthaven's Abbey Chapel on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. Online condolences may be offered at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 17, 2012