Dr. C. Gordon Greene, 85, of Le Mars, Iowa, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Unity Point Health – St. Luke’s in Sioux City with his family by his side.
Charles Gordon Greene was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Union, the son of Charles and Grace (Duff) Greene. He attended school in Plattsmouth, where he graduated from high school. Following high school, he attended Midland University in Fremont. While in college, he met his future wife, Donna Mae Krumel.
After a year and a half in college, he enlisted in the United States Navy. While waiting to be deployed, he and Donna were united in marriage on Aug. 17, 1952, in Seattle. He was later deployed and served his country during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he used the GI Bill and returned to college at Kansas State University where he graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine.
Gordon worked as a federal veterinarian for U.S.D.A., which involved living in several different communities. In 1967, they moved to Le Mars where they resided in the same home for over 50 years. Donna Mae passed away Sept. 11, 2012.
Gordon and Donna were very committed to the First Baptist Church in Le Mars where they enjoyed the fellowship and their many friends. Gordon was also involved in public service, where he had served as the Plymouth County Sanitarian. He also had served on the Le Mars State Library Board, Le Mars City Council, and the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors. Gordon was an avid reader and during retirement years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, woodworking, and spending a week in Minnesota with his whole family for 37 years.
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Survivors include: his three children and families, Cindy (Ned) Rohwedder of Olin, Iowa, and their children, Laura (Jake) Grovesnor, Rachel (Tim) Ahrendson, Grace (Chuck) Varnum, Ruth (Danny) Houston, and Ida (Miles) Weber, Mike (Deanna) Greene of Houston and their children, Fremont (Kimberly) Greene, Rachel (Robert) DeSonier, Amelia Greene, and Abby Greene, and Janice (Ed) Engelbretson of Sioux Falls, S.D., and their children, Marybeth, Clarence, and Charles Engelbreston; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Joan Greene of Flathead Lake, Mont.; a brother-in-law: Bill (Nancy) Krumel; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Grace Greene; his wife, Donna Mae Greene; his brother, Dr. John Greene; and a granddaughter, Faith Rohwedder.
The funeral was Monday at First Baptist Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Jon Meredith officiated. Burial with military honors conducted by the Wasmer American Legion Post 241 was in Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars.
Arrangements were with the Rexwinkel-Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.