George D. Green
George Duane Green, of Rifle, Colo., died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, at his rural Rifle home. He was 79.He was born July 18, 1923, in a log cabin on Antlers Lane to William Duane “John W.” and Hazel (DeLong) Green. He was raised on the family ranch and attended Rifle public schools. In March, 1945, he entered the United States Army and served during World War II.He married Ardis A. Hoaglund on July 15, 1950, at her parents’ home in Rulison.Mr. Green was a passionate rancher. He loved the outdoors and was very mechanically inclined. He enjoyed inventing products, and one of his inventions was patented.He also worked driving uranium ore from mines on the Uncompahgre Plateau.Last Christmas, he gave himself a wood lathe and enjoyed his time spent doing woodwork and metal craft. He also loved to write poetry and share it with family and friends.Mr. Green was a member of the First Christian Church of Rifle, a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Rifle and a member of Rifle Masonic Lodge No. 129, AF&AM.He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ardis Green, of Rifle; daughter and son-in-law Amy and Harold Downer, of Richland, Wash.; sons and daughters-in-law Darrell and Judy Green and Dr. John and Christa Green, all of Rifle; nine grandchildren, Chris, Jeff and Mark Downey, Morgan, Zach, Seth and Amanda Green, and Brandi (Dason) Rapp and Jenner (T.J.) Salvatore; and many nieces and nephews.At the time of his death he was anxiously awaiting the birth of his first great-grandchild. He was an honorary “Granddad” to many others.Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the First Christian Church, 306 E. 3rd St. in Rifle.Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Rifle or the Rifle Fire Protection District in care of Meeker Mortuary, P.O. Box 1048, Meeker, CO 81641.Meeker Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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