WAPAKONETA, Ohio — Howard E. Greene, 91, was called into the presence of the Lord 9:55 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014 at his residence.
He was born December 3, 1922 in Coeburn VA, to the late Ewing "Doc" and Bessie (Durham) Greene. On June 18, 1949 he married the love of his life, Thelma S. (Wagner) Greene, who preceded him in death on September 22, 2005, after 56 years of marriage.
Howard was a graduate of Bell County High School. He is a veteran of the United States Army, serving with the 75th Infantry during WWII. Howard fought in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Bronze Star. Mr. Greene retired from Lima Register after 22 years and again from Ford Motor Company, Lima Engine Plant after 10 years. He was a member of Lima Missionary Baptist Church, Allen County Sheriff's Posse, and a 60 year member of Lima Lodge 205 Free & Accepted Masons, and Past Illustrious Master of Lima Council #20 Royal & Select Masons.
Howard and Thelma were blessed with 3 children, Howard E. "Butch" (Joyce) Greene, of Sylvania, Sharon K. McGinnis, who preceded him in death, and Marguerite Lee Kauffman, of Hamden; 5 grandchildren, Jama L. Greene-Hayes, of Toledo, Stacey J. Jenkins, of Columbia, SC, Aaron D. McGinnis, of Wapakoneta, Kerry L. (B.J.) Adams, of Lima, and Jennifer A. Kauffman of Hamden; Son-in-law, Roy Dean McGinnis, of Harrod; 13 great grandchildren; and 1 great great granddaughter; brother, Billy (Mary) Greene, of Corbin, KY; several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by 4 sisters, Faye Thompson, Joyce Coign, and Virginia Greene, and Mary Coign.
The entire Greene family would like to especially thank Howard's caregivers, Mackie, Carol C., Carol E., and Nicole S.
Funeral services will begin 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at Lima Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Terry Brock will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the V.F.W. #1275.
Friends may call from 2:00 – 4:00 & 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday March 16, 2014 at Chiles – Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Masonic services will be held at 8:00 p.m.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL., 32256 or donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com