Robert Glenn Green, 96, of Morenci, Mich., died April 18, 2020, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio, a victim of the COVID-19 coronavirus. For the past year he had lived at an assisted living facility in Sylvania.
Bob was born Oct. 3, 1923, in Tecumseh, Mich., to F. Russell and Minnie (Lowry) Green. The family moved to Clinton, Mich., where Russell served as editor of the Clinton Local newspaper, then lived for a short time in Swanton, Ohio, for newspaper work before moving to Morenci in 1929 where Russell became editor of the Morenci Observer.
Bob graduated from Morenci High School in 1941. He earned all-county honors as center on the football team and served as editor of the school newspaper. He attended Michigan State College, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. He was in training to become a B-17 bombardier in New Mexico with the Army Air Force when the war ended, and then returned to Michigan State to earn a degree in journalism.
He met Jacqueline Barret on a blind date and they married June 19, 1948 in Highland Park, Mich.
His first job was at the Port Huron Times Herald newspaper, but in 1949 he returned to Morenci to become owner of the family newspaper. He continued to serve as editor of the paper until he sold it to his son, David, in 1985.
Bob was a member of Morenci's First Congregational Church, a charter member of the Morenci Kiwanis Club and a member of the Michigan Press Association. He served as a member of the Morenci Area Hospital Board of Directors, vice-president of the Stair Public Library Board of Trustees and was appointed to a term on the Morenci city council. He also took a turn directing Morenci's United Way campaign.
Bob pursued a variety of interests in his life including oil painting, cross country skiing and racing a sailboat. A true Renaissance man, he spent time as a wine maker, cigar connoisseur, inveterate walker, horseradish maker, stationary bicyclist, avian feeder and commercial printer.
Bob will be remembered for his sense of humor. Whether it was performing as a magician on the stage of Stair Auditorium, entering Stair Gymnasium on stilts during a charity basketball game, or dressing in a variety of costumes for events, he was eager to cause laughter, especially from his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jackie; sons David (and Colleen Leddy), Daniel (and Liz Rambus) and Thomas (and Ginny Gadbois Green); a son-in-law, Richard Ball; grandchildren Lisa (and Travis) Schmid, Megan (and Seth) Murphy, Janell (and Paul) Troutman, Benjamin (and Sarah) Green, Rosanna (and Taylor) Ballinger, Madelyn (and Travis Heeren) Green, Erin (and Jack McFarland) Green and Kerry (and Mart Viirand) Green; great-grandchildren Caroline and Elizabeth Ballinger, Ryland, Holden and Barret Green, and Evelyn Murphy; niece Janice Sanders and nephew Bruce Westcott.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Westcott; and a daughter, Diane Ball.
No funeral services are planned during the pandemic. A memorial stone will be erected at Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorial donations are suggested to Stair District Library or Morenci’s First Congregational Church.