William Elijah Greene
William Elijah Greene, 83, died Nov. 28, 2012, in Basin.
Bill was born Sept. 29, 1929, at the old hospital in Greybull. He was the first of four children born to William D. and Zella (Forbes) Greene. He grew up a Shell Creek and attend Greybull schools.
Bill joined the U.S. Navy, Dec. 16, 1946, and was trained as a Hospital Corpsman. He served with the Marines in the Korean War. He also was in Vietnam during that war, where he worked under the State Department at a civilian hospital in the DMZ. Bill was in the Navy for 36 ½ years and retired as a Master Chief.
Bill married Barbara Ellison Jan. 3, 1952. They were married for over 60 years and had three children. Diana Sabos of Powell, W. Thomas Greene of Salt Lake City, and Barbara Anne Greene of Basin.
Bill was a coach for various youth teams at many different duty stations. In Twenty-nine Palms, Calif., he played on a Navy Team and was nicknamed “Roadrunner Greene” for his fast run and ability to steal bases.
He was always community minded and made a difference wherever they were stationed. In Bremerton, Wash., he and his wife, Barbara, organized a group for the military housing park they lived in. This group created a youth center, playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields and cleaned up a beach for the community. In Washington, D.C., Bill, was appointed to Navy and Presidential think tanks to review, create and implement military policies.
Upon retiring to Basin, Bill continued to get involved. He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church and served as treasurer for 12 years. He belonged to the American Legion. He and Barbara were fixtures at Riverside High School home games until his illness prevented him from attending. Many young men were subject to Bill’s powerful handshake as they entered the gym.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. He is survived by his wife, three children, two brothers and granddaughters, Lesa Fellner Blaszczak, Jamie Fellner Keisel, Danielle Fellner Chapman, Janelle Greene, Kristi Greene and numerous great-grandchildren who called him “Waddie.”
Cremation has taken place. A memorial for Bill will be at 11 a.m., Dec. 27, at the First Baptist Church in Basin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Deacon Benevolent fund at the First Baptist Church in Basin.