Robert "Bob" Foster Greene
CENTERVILLE, Iowa — Robert "Bob" Foster Greene, 85, of Centerville, Iowa passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Golden Age Care Center in Centerville.
He was born May 21, 1928 on the Golden Age Manor land in Centerville, Iowa to Wylo and Agnes (Barrier) Greene. Bob was raised in a family of hard workers. He spent countless hours milking cows both before and after school on his family's dairy. Bob also worked with his father and grandfather in the family gardens.
Bob graduated from Centerville High School with the class of 1945. He married Fonda Mae Andrews May 21, 1949 in Centerville. During this period of time Bob was employed with Vern Mott Construction. On the same day in 1952 he and his brother, Ladd left for basic training in California with the United States Army. Bob served his country faithfully in Germany during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from the Army on February 10, 1960.
Following his time in the service, Bob continued to work for Mott Construction. In 1964 he relocated to Sedalia, Missouri when he accepted a position with Howard Construction as the mechanic supervisor. Bob spent the next thirty four years employed with Howard Construction until his retirement in 1998. It was at this point that he and Fonda made the decision to move back to Centerville to be near family and friends.
Upon his return, Bob became an instant pillar in the Centerville community. He engaged in numerous civic responsibilities and it should be stated, there were no volunteer opportunities too great for Bob. He served on the Centerville City Council for eight years. Furthermore, Bob was named the first ever recipient of the "citizen of the month." He was instrumental in establishing the group B.O.B. (Betterment or Bust). B.O.B. represented the core values that defined who Bob was as a person. He believed that our community could only be prosperous by maintaining a progressive mentality. Bob felt that civic involvement meant establishing activities for the youth of our populace. If kids were not active in our community, according to Bob, there would be no future for our community as a whole.
Although Bob was baptized as a Methodist in his early years, he became an official member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Centerville in 2013. It should also be noted that Bob achieved fifty years of service in the Masons. He was also an active member of the Shriners in both the Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri areas while he was a resident of Sedalia. Bob was also a long standing member of both the Centerville American Legion and the VFW.
He is survived by his sister, Marjorie Sedgwick of Ocala, Florida; sister-in-laws, Anne Greene of Centerville, Wanda Summy of Des Moines, Iowa and Betty Greene of Moline, Illinois; a niece, Denise (Gary) Howe of Centerville, Iowa; nephews, Glen (Marian) Rodgers of Ohio; Tom (Kris) Greene of Illinois; Brent Sedgwick of Arizona; Stephen (Mary) Sedgwick of Florida; niece-in-law, Harleen Greene; and many great nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Fonda Mae Greene; his parents; two brothers, Ladd and Tom Greene; a sister, Beverly Rodgers; nephew, Roger Greene; niece, Jenny Greene.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday morning, March 18, 2014 at Lange Funeral Home & Crematory in Centerville with Reverend Jeremy McElvain officiating.
A visitation will be held Monday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with the family present from 5 to 7:30 p.m. A Masonic Service will take place following the visitation at 7:30 p.m. at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial with military rites will take place in the Hilltown Cemetery, south of Moulton, Iowa.
Memorials have been established to either the B.O.B. Group (Betterment or Bust) or the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Centerville and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544.
Condolences may be left at www.langefh.com.