MASSBACH—William Elden Green Sr., 71, of Massbach, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, in his home.
A private family funeral service will be held in his honor, with burial taking place at Albreicht Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to share in Bill's life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Bill was born Dec. 4, 1948, in Savanna, the son of Lyle and Lorena (Johnson) Green Sr. On Nov. 12, 1965, he married Donna Mae Sipe in Savanna.
He made a career of the railroad, working for Milwaukee and River Point Railroads for 30 years. He retired in 2008.
Bill loved to 'coon, rabbit, and squirrel hunt. He loved it so much, that even when, in his later years, he was put on oxygen, he'd load his tank onto the lawn mower and drive out into the woods, rifle in hand, looking for a squirrel.
Simply put, Bill just loved the outdoors. He'd spend countless hours mowing the lawn, cutting wood, and of course, playing horseshoes with his brothers. He especially enjoyed tending to his oversized garden with his beloved Donna working at his side. Every year they grew enough potatoes and vegetables to feed not just the neighbors but the whole countryside.
But most of all, Bill loved his family. That focus of that love began with his wife, Donna, and spread to his children and grandchildren, and all the members of his very large extended family.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Donna; son, William Green Jr., of Savanna; daughter, Lisa (Tony) Kinder, of Savanna; four grandchildren, Kristin (Mike) Hart of Sterling, Patricia Green, of Oklahoma, Katelyn (Jeremiah) Kaberlein of Springfield, Mo., and Stacie Herrington, of Savanna; three great-grandchildren, Addison Hart, Eleanor Hart and Jorden Green; mother, Lorena Green, of Savanna; four brothers, Lyle (Mary) Green of Elizabeth, Enoch (Ramona) Green of Elizabeth, Tony (Vicki) Green of Savanna, and Randy (Jennifer) Green, of Elizabeth; two sisters, Bonnie Howard, of Mount Carroll and Laurie (Jim) Kehl of Massbach; sisters-in-law, Bernice Johnson, Harriet Olson and Linda (Pete) Southerland; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Green Sr.; sister, Lyla; brothers, Larry, Russell, Danny, Earl, Doug, Ray, and Andrew Green; sister-in-law, Debra Green; and nephew, Brian Green.