Bill Green

William Seymour “Bill” Green, wonderful dad to Diane, Mike, Scott and Brad, went to rest with the Lord on March 20, 2018.

He was born to Everett and Marion (Newport) Green in Glenrock, WY, on August 19, 1927. The family moved to a farm outside of Millville (formerly Bucksnort), MO. Dad attended school locally and graduated from Richmond High School. He then followed his brother Mel in joining the Navy in 1945 and was aboard the USS Bairoko as a Seaman Petty Officer 3rd Class Boatsman Mate during WWII. Upon completion of his service to his country he attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO, on his GI Bill because he could. He then went to work at Wilson Meat Packers in Kansas City, Kansas, for a month as a number cruncher. Not liking that, he went to work for GM on the assembly line for a couple months, also in Kansas City, Kansas. Bored with that, he then went to work in the oil fields in Glenrock and Casper (Poison Spider) areas. He moved to Billings and went to work with Uncle Fred Golay at Continental Oil (Conoco) refinery in 1949 until retirement in 1985.

He met Mom while living with Uncle Fred and Aunt Ruth in their four-plex, where Mom lived downstairs. They were married at the English Lutheran Church on October 8, 1950.

They moved to one of three farms on which we were raised in the Shepherd community in 1955. Dad served on many boards and other civic organizations. He was a lifetime Mason from Prior Mountain Masonic Lodge #151, where he served as worshipful Master twice, and Bannack Lodge #3-7-77, and as Bethel Guardian for Job’s Daughters.

Retirement gave him the opportunity to live out a dream of breeding, raising and grooming mules to pack. He loved his pack trips with family and friends to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Absaroka Wilderness.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Esther, of 67 years, whom he lost on February 11; brother Melvin and sister Frances.

He is survived by Diane (Glen) Grote, Mike (Janie) Green, Scott (Durene) Green , Brad (Sandie) Green; sister Jeanne Clariday of Independence, MO.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Shepherd, followed by an urn burial in Shepherd Community Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will follow services at the family home. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary and Crematory will preside. A private family service will be held to spread ashes at the family ranch and cabin at a later date.

Memorials may be given to Emmanuel Lutheran Church General Fund, where they were longtime members.

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