We write this obituary to tell everyone that our beloved father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother, uncle, and friend George Greene peacefully passed away on July 27, 2022.
Judy, his loving wife of 65 years, predeceased him in September of 2021.
George was born in Linton, Indiana on March 23, 1938. He was one of four siblings who grew up in tough economic times as many experienced in that era. He would tell often tell childhood stories about not having an indoor bath and bathing in a washtub or, when it rained, taking a shower from the rain running off the roof and walking to school in the snow with a potato in his pocket to keep his hands warm. His childhood hardships shaped him into a grateful and humble man. He was a man of many stories and joyful memories.
George and Judy had one son “Billy,” a daughter-in-law “Cathy” and two grandchildren, “Emily” and “Matthew”.
George and Judy married on June 10, 1956. They lived in Indiana for many years until they had Billy. Shortly thereafter, they uprooted and moved to Spring, Texas, where they stayed for a short time before landing in Alice, Texas, where they stayed for 32 years. During that time, George was active in local community groups and their church. Additionally, he participated with Billy in the usual rites of passage such as Boy Scouts and high school football. In 2003 they took a leap of faith and followed Billy, Cathy and the grandkids to Emporia, Kansas for two years then eventually moved back to Kyle, Texas where they would stay for the rest of their lives.
For many years, George worked at Negley Elementary school where he was known to all as “Mr. George.” In his later years, he worked as a crossing guard, which he absolutely loved. He knew all the kids by name and greeted them warmly everyday as they came and went. In 2018 George received two awards: Hays ISD Ambassador of the Year and Auxiliary Employee of the Year. He could not have been prouder to have his work and dedication recognized.
George was such a friendly, sociable man. Even as his health declined, he could be found on the front porch in his rocker talking to neighbors and sharing a cup of coffee. He never met a stranger. We believe that those who were lucky enough to hear his stories and one-liners were richer for it.
George is survived by his two brothers, Dick and Frank, and his sister Marie Rucker.
The family would like to recognize all the friends and neighbors of Plum Creek and the teachers and staff at Negley Elementary school. You all are the definition of community. Your eyes, your time, your energy, and your support has not gone unnoticed. We thank you and appreciate you more than you know. Bless you all!
George was a kind, loving and generous man. He was truly “salt of the earth.” He was loved and will be greatly missed by us all.
Many have asked about services. At this time, the family does not plan to have any formal event. We ask that you remember him fondly and have a cup of coffee with a friend. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to a charity of your choice.