George F. Greene, age 79, died at the Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Friday, November 29, 2013. George was the youngest of four children born to William D. and Zella B. (Forbes) Greene (Peavler). He married the love of his life, Donna Mae (Ziemke) Greene, on June 25, 1951.
George was known for his strong viewpoints. He loved sharing his pragmatic view of life with anyone he came into contact with. His insights and blunt advice will be missed by all but mostly by his children and grandchildren. As George’s illness progressed, the phone became his social outlet. He’d chuckle when solicitors would call, and he could fill their day with a questionable story, flirt with a soft voice, or question the product they were offering. He would then count the number of times the solicitor would call again just to say hello and check on him.
George had many deep passions in life: dancing with his wife Donna, lending a helping hand to those who needed one, and hunting and fishing with family and friends. Once, he was pictured in the Greybull Standard holding four German Brown trout, each nearly 30 inches long. When asked how he caught them, he said he was using his favorite Thomas lure. Years later, he admitted he had a little non-traditional help. He would often recall his favorite hunting experience of riding his horse, Lightning, into a herd of elk on Willet Creek with his 1894 Winchester .32 caliber. It was a productive day.
He was an accomplished flint knapper, arrowhead hunter, teller of tall tales, and a true outdoorsman at heart. He taught his grandchildren to look for broken arrowhead points 30-40 feet from an Indian fire ring because that was the general throwing range. Each of his points is a signed work of art and a cherished treasure to those who were fortunate enough to receive one.
George was an active bird watcher. Although he was hard on the neighboring peacocks, he would provide more than 40 pounds of bird seed in a given week to ensure the wild birds in his neighborhood were well fed.
George was employed as a heavy equipment operator with M&I Drilling for more than 25 years, an independent roofing contractor, and an avid trapper. Much to the chagrin of those around him, he caught nearly 500 skunks in one season.
George is survived by his three sons: Mike (Cheryl) of Shell, Wyo.; Steve (Shirley) of Billings, Mont.; and James (De Anna) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren: Nikole and her children, Dade and Izak, of Greybull, Wyo.; Trenton and his daughter, Reese, of Lone Tree, Colo.; Shadd and his daughter, Jadyn, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Shane of Greybull, Wyo.; Wendy of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Mark of Corvallis, Ore.; and Kevin of San Francisco, Calif.; brother: Kenneth (Red) Greene of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.
George is preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae (2012); granddaughter, Tereasa (1978); parents, William D. Greene (1974) and Zella Peavler (1968); step-mother, Eva (2010); brother, William (2012); sister, Lois; and in-laws, Elaine (2003) and Lee Andrews (1997) and Floyd Farr.
Cremation has taken place with a celebration of his life to be held at Grouse Creek in June 2014.