Clyde Ellsworth Greene, 93, of Zephyrhills, Florida, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 in Traverse City. Clyde was born Dec. 4, 1924 in East Jordan the son of Leroy Greene and Louvina (McPherson) Greene.
As a young man Clyde served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. Clyde landed at Omaha Beach during the invasion of France with his unit, the 167th Engineering Combat Battalion Co. B. His unit was often attached to General George Patton's Third Army as they made their way to the Rhineland.
He was a recipient of the American Theater Ribbon, the EAME (European-African-Middle Eastern) Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, and the Victory Medal for World War II service. Clyde served on three separate fronts during World War II and was very proud of serving his country. When thanked for his service his reply was always, "I was just doing my job."
After his service Clyde worked with his brother in their construction company. He built his own home and raised five children in it. Clyde loved working with his hands; he never called a repairman to the house for anything, he would always fix it himself and often helped others when they needed things to be repaired.
Clyde loved sports and the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing trips with his brothers. This love of the outdoors was passed on to all his children, as well as the skills of outdoor living.
Though Clyde grew up attending church, he chose to be baptized on Jan. 2, 1983, to reaffirm his love and belief in Jesus Christ, at the Woodmere Church of God by Pastor Clifford Donaldson in a baptismal pool he helped to build.
Clyde is survived by his children, Pamela Louise Bergeron, Joseph Allen Greene, Tina Marie (John) Bevington, Lawrence David (Cathy) Greene and Norman Scott (Mary) Greene; his stepchildren, Teresa (Louis) Nowakowski, Kim (Rick) Reams and Daniel (Ruth) Bolles; his sisters, Margaret Bowen and Delores Malo; and his many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Katherine Greene; and his second wife, Berniece June Greene.
Cremation has taken place, and a private family burial in Mona View Cemetery in Muskegon will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be shared with Clyde's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on February 23, 2018