Kenneth E. Green, 78, a longtime South Bend resident died on February 1, 2013, at his home with his wife at his side.
Ken was born on August 16, 1934, in Herrick, South Dakota to Cecil and Mathilda (Beiermann) Green. He moved to South Bend with his family in 1947. He attended school in South Bend and later joined the Air Force and served from 1953 - 1957. He married Marlene Zeitner in Eugene, Oregon on April 27, 1957. After his discharge he returned to South Bend where he and his wife raised their family. He worked for BryMar Cleaners before opening his own business, Green’s Cleaners, in South Bend.
In 1976, he went to work for the Dennis Company’s beer distributorship and was a “beer man” until he retired in 1996. After retirement he and Marlene spent many enjoyable years traveling and golfing; as well as following the activities of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ken was an active member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church since 1947, a member of the Knight of Columbus for 50+ years, a lifetime Elks member as well as a member of the Eagles and American Legion. Ken was an all around handyman often fixing things practically before they were broke. He enjoyed golfing, salmon fishing, playing cards, hunting and a cold beer; but he loved his family above everything else.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Teresa Steves; and brother, Marvin Green. He is survived by brothers, Robert Green of Washougal and Dennis Green of Menlo; and sisters, Caroline Rutherford of Lebam, Pat Heath of Raymond, Jeanette Green of Seattle and Sharon Monohon of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Ken is also survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene, at the family home; children, Toni (Clarence) Williams of South Bend, Ron (Heidi) Green of Snoqualmie, Susie (Delmar) Williams of South Bend and Cathy (Tim) Todd of Longview; grandchildren, Kelly (Ron) Johnson and Ken (Andrea) Williams of South Bend, Jen (Nate) Edwards of Bremerton, Teri Williams of Raymond, Matt Green of Port Orchard, Jordan Green of Snoqualmie, Brittney and Sara Todd of Longview. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, plus another who is on the way.
A Rosary Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8th at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Raymond with the Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 9th, with burial following. Memorials can be made to St. Lawrence Catholic Church, PO Box 31, Raymond, WA 98577 or Harbors Home Health & Hospice, 201 7th St., Hoquiam, WA 98550.