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Jack Morris Greene was born September 17th, 1933 to Orville E. Greene and Opal (Clay) Greene at home in St. Charles, Iowa where his parents farmed.
Jack worked on the family farm until he graduated from Shannon City High School. After high school he worked for the Union County Engineering Dept. on the Survey crew for 2 years.
He married Lila Dell Keller on June 6th, 1954. Together they moved to Corning, Iowa where he began his career with the telephone company. His starting pay was $1.05/hour. On the weekends Jack would work at the movie theater running the projector. Jack worked for the telephone company for 38 years; 5 of those years were on the construction of telephone lines. After that he installed phones and repaired phones. Jack took a home study course in the International Correspondence school and received a diploma in 1960. He installed and maintained central office equipment and Key systems and PBX systems.
Jack attended 20 different schools where he studied telephone equipment receiving diplomas for each course. Jack was promoted to District Administrator where he oversaw the construction and maintenance of 12 towns. He was also responsible for overseeing the business office, working with a quarter million-dollar budget. He supervised all central office installations and maintenance along with the EPABX installation.
After retirement Jack & Lila moved to Florida where Jack helped Lila in her ministry of the Lord, Jesus Christ. They became the healing hands that God used to reconcile and mend churches that had been broken. They ministered in several Florida churches before moving back to Creston, Iowa in 2007. Jack continued to support and work alongside of Lila at the church.
Jack enjoyed wood working and made lots of different items in his shop. Clocks were his favorite things to make but he made grandfather clocks, cedar chest, toy chest, napkin holders, tables, benches, etc. He loved making things for his family, church family & friends. This brought him a lot of happiness. He had a very giving spirit.
Jack went home to be with his Lord on January 14th, 2021. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Lila on November 9, 2017; paternal grandparents William Henry Greene and Carrie Mae Brown Greene; maternal grandparents Swen Clay & Maude (Brown) Clay; parents Orville Greene and Opal (Clay) Greene; brother William Greene; sisters Mildred Buck & Marjorie Sickels; brothers-in-law Donald Keller, Harold Creculius, Willard White, Dick Franklin, Dale Campbell, Marvin Keller and Gene Sickels; sisters-in-law Derma Jean Campbell, Alice Keller, Darlene White, Maxine Franklin, Doris Creculius; granddaughter Lacey Layne Klaahsen; great grandson Jerrad Lorenzen; grandson-in-law Eric Reasland.
Jack is survived and lovingly remembered by his sons Nicky Greene (Denise), Rock Valley, IA, and Danny Greene (Debbie) Storm Lake, IA; daughters Linda Richie (Doug) Blackburn, MO and Sheri Plough (Rusty) Marion, IA; grandchildren Ryan Greene (Stacey) Brandon, SD, Christopher Greene, Wallisville, TX, Katie & Samantha Greene, Rock Valley, IA, Stephanie Hanna (Douglas) Milford, IA, Bradley Greene (Abbey) Ely, IA, Kyle Greene, Alta, IA, Brooke Spencer (Travis) Omaha, NE, Tabitha Reasland (Brian Sturgill) Troy, OH, Jeremy Lorenzen (Stephanie) Marshall, MO, Jackie Baker (Patrick) Nelson, MO, Corey Plough (Cassy) Marion, IA, Lindsey Katsiametis (Dino) Mission Veijo, CA, Sidnea Plough (Danny Gerber) Marion, IA, Derek Plough, Rollinsville, CO; great grandchildren Devan & Jordan Hanna, Ashley & Brayden Greene, Tanner, Izabel, Nolan and Nash Spencer, Kadin & Adyson Greene, Taya Rose Greene, Ryla Kline, Hope, Jackson and Lydia Lorenzen, Cameron Hayes, Logan Plough, Carter Reasland, Kylie, Ava, Austin and Landon Katsiametis, Sawyer and Easton Gerber; two new great grandsons expected in 2021; sisters-in-law Marilyn Greene Gallatin, TX and Leora Keller, Murray, IA; brother Dale Greene Mt. Ayr, IA; brother-in-law Roland Buck Mt. Ayr, IA; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established for the families choice.
My grandpa was an incredible man. He was a constant source of love and support throughout my life. He was a wonderful listener, and had a kind heart. My childhood is full of good memories of my time spent at grandma and grandpa's house. He loved woodworking and the time I spent alongside him is something I'll always treasure. I know I must have been in the way sometimes but he never made me feel that way. He let me pound nails and sand boards and taught me all about the various planers and clamps and saws. He built a playhouse for us grandkids in his backyard, and we spent hours playing "house" and "school" together. We picked mulberries by the bucket full, because grandpa liked to eat them with vanilla ice cream. He loved gooseberry pie, and rhubarb crisp. He liked turning dirt and working in his garden, growing tomatoes and onions to be used at mealtime, and beautiful roses that he would cut and bring inside for grandma. He gave the best hugs, and he always smelled of cedar shavings and Old Spice. He was at times my best friend, and always my biggest fan. His quiet strength was a source of hope, and he encouraged me through some of the darkest times of my life, like when my husband died. In turn, I did my best for him when he lost grandma just a couple of years later. We had a special bond. I rejoice that I know in his passing, he is not dead, but is alive in the kingdom of Heaven. He came to truly know and love Jesus in his lifetime, and I can only imagine what joy he felt when he opened his eyes in Heaven, to see his Savior. I have shed many tears this past week, selfishly grieving my loss on Earth, but my heart is glad to know that my Papa is back with grandma, to finish out their love story for eternity in a place where they are whole and young again.
Tabitha Reasland Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM
You will forever be in our hearts and our love for you will live on forever.
Sheri Plough Jan 20 2021 12:00 AM
Heaven gained a special individual yesterday, memories of Jack will live on in each and every life he touched. A man of few words with a gifted talent and loved hobby that he shared with everyone he met and knew. Our hearts are filled with sadness of loss, but the joy remains in his creations of the wood he loved and the family he and Lila created.
Doug Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM