John Farrell Greene passed away at his home June 5, 2014. His loving wife, Lyssa, was at his side. John was 57 years young and never stopped smiling and laughing although his courageous battle with cancer took its toll. His sincere and kind demeanor will remain forever in the hearts and memories of the many friends and loved ones left behind.
John was born Nov. 25, 1956, in Pinehurst, North Carolina, to John and Mary Baughn Greene. He graduated from Union Pines High School and attended Sandhills Community College and University of Alaska. He joined the U.S. Air Force
in 1977. After training in Texas and Illinois, he served in the Philippines, Tinker AFB, the AWACS in Saudi Arabia and other places in Europe and Asia.
At the time of John's retirement in 2013, he was the transportation manager for BLM, Alaska Fire Service. He was especially proud of his military service as well as his work at AFS and the many acquaintances and associates throughout his career.
As in the souls of many adventurous young men, the far north beckoned John. He followed his heart and found his home. John spent the strength of his years among the people and places of Alaska from Dahl Creek in the Jade Mountains to Central to Fort Yukon to Galena and many points beyond and between. He often recalled with delight the experiences he had and the unimaginable characters he encountered along the way - all became fast friends of John.
Upon occasion when the time was right, John enjoyed reciting poetry, especially words reflective of a life in Alaska. The cold depths of winter and northern lights, the rebirth of spring, the mighty Yukon awakening, the crushing floes of ice, the brief hot days of summer and song birds and celebration, the beauty, the stillness, and the cool air of autumn came from his heart in remembered words of the Robert William Service poem, "The Spell of the Yukon."
Now, thinking of John, we hear another Service poem, "Carry On!" for John did "greet life with a cheer" and because of his presence, "let the world be better," and now his soul carries on. John will be dearly missed.
John was preceded in death by his father, John Greene, and his step-daughter, Barbara Chapman.
John is survived by his wife, Lyssa; step-sons, Billy, Jay, Tucker and Nick; step-daughter, Lyssa; his mother, Mary; sister, Libby Woodard, and brother, Matthew, all of Moore County, North Carolina. Also surviving are four nephews, first wife and friend, Kim Smith Greene; brother Skip Theisen, and a large extended family, most of whom are in North Carolina, and many a friend, both in Alaska and North Carolina.
A celebration of life and potluck will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Comet Club on Airport Road. If bringing flowers, please bring hanging outdoor flowers.