|Ralph T. Greener|
MISSOULA, Mont. – Ralph T. Greener, 86, died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at home.
He was married to Jean E. Greener of Missoula (formerly of Phelps, Wis.) for 58 years; she survives him.
Ralph was born Jan. 16, 1928, in Chicago to Ariel and Mildred (Grosser) Greener and was raised in Chicago’s Edison Park.He was brother to Ruth (Greener) Blum of Arroyo Grande, Calif., and nephew to Irma Grosser of Chicago (Park Ridge) and Phelps, Wis.
He attended Ebinger Elementary School and Taft High School in Chicago. He graduated prep school from St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. class of 1946. He received a degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University in 1951. Upon graduation, he began a 21-year career in banking and another 28 years as a real estate broker, both in Crystal Lake, Ill.
Ralph and Jean lived and raised a family in Crystal Lake for many years until 2000, when they retired to Big Sand Lake in Phelps, Wis.
In 2010, they moved with their son, John (Gail) Greener, to Missoula, Mont., where it was like Vilas County only with mountains!
Ralph is also survived by his son, Scott (Jeannine) Greener, of Federal Way, Wash.
Ralph loved his grandchildren, who called him “Aca,” Mike Greener of Bozeman, Mont., Eric Greener of Anchorage, Alaska, Katie Greener of Bozeman, Mont. and Allison Greener, Federal Way, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his aunt and a grandson, Scott Greener.
Ralph and Jean were active members of Ely Memorial Congregational Church in Land O’ Lakes, Wis.
He was also a member of the Phelps Lions Club. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Shriner in Medinah Temple and a 32nd degree mason.
Ralph spent many hours helping to organize the Big Sand Lake Property Owners Association, which is dedicated to the preservation of the lake as a viable natural resource.
Ralph learned to fly airplanes when he was 16 and had an active passion for flying and boating up until just recently.
A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at University Congregational Church in Missoula, Mont.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please make a donation to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or call 1-800-241-4438.
|Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:40 AM|