George Willis Green, 89, passed away on July 2nd, 2019. He was born to Ray and Dorothy Gibbons Green in Decatur City, Iowa. He was the oldest of six children. George was raised on the farm where he learned the only way of life was to work hard and that stayed with him up to the end. He always pushed himself and never complained.
He went into the Marines in 1952 where he served in Korea until his Honorable Discharge in 1954, in 1953 he marred Donna Emerson and he welcomed her two children Terry and Bobby. In 1955, they were blessed with Debbie and in 1957, with Kim.
He worked briefly for a farm implement company, but driving a truck was his true love. He drove truck for Breneman and Sons, then bought his own truck, drove for Ace Lines, Crete Carriers, until he retired. If there was ever a “HOT” load going, the dispatchers always knew they could count on him to get it there; nothing stopped him.
In 2004, he was devoted to taking care of Donna until she passed away in December of cancer. In 2005, his granddaughter in law, Laura, played matchmaker and introduced him to Mary Pettijohn of Altoona. They were married in February of 2008. George finally retired and Mary helped him realize there was more to life then just work. They spent their short time together going to ballgames, concerts, riverboat rides, and spending three winters in Arizona. Mary passed away in July of 2013 of cancer. George then moved to Lucas to live with Kim and Marion, where he spent the rest of his life with his little dog tango “living the country life.”
He was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Dorothy Green, Wives Donna and Mary, Son Terry, daughter Bobby, brother Floyd, sisters Mary and Judy, brother in laws Darrell McDole, Marion Morris, Gordon Emerson, and Chuck Gord; also a son-in-law Marion Thompson.
He is survived by two daughters Debbie Carlton (Greg), and Kim Thompson; a daughter-in-law Pamela Clyde, sisters Flo Morris and Jo Good, grandchildren Ruby Clyde, Randy Clyde, Dawn (Dart) Brown, Paul Feehan, Mike Feehan, Kelly (Roger) Krutsinger, Cory (Kellie) Carlton, Shelli Wheeler, Shari (Pat) Farrell, Mike (Laura) Thompson, 21 great grandchildren, 22 great great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a large host of friends and his best buddy tango. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
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