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Thomas Greene

August 07, 1947 - January 19, 2017

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January 24, 2017
- 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour prior

Boulger Funeral Home

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Boulger Funeral Home

Thomas Greene

August 07, 1947 - January 19, 2017

Obituary

Thomas Alfred Greene, age 69, passed away peacefully at the V.A. Hospital in Fargo, assisted by the V.A. Hospice team and surrounded by family, on January 19, 2017.  Tom was born August 7, 1947 to Donald and Mary Greene of Baldwin, New York.

Tom graduated from Baldwin High School where he participated in Cross Country and was considered a great athlete.  After graduation he joined the U.S. Merchant Service before serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.  When returning from Vietnam he followed a friend to Moorhead, MN where he attended Moorhead State University.  While in college he worked at several different jobs including one as a beef lugger in West Fargo, ND. He then went on to have a long career with the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 2012.

Tom had a daughter, Darcie Greene, born to his first marriage to Marci (Zinda) Greene.  During his second marriage to Joan Walz he became a stepfather to Dakota Walz.

Tom enjoyed many activities including hunting, fishing, gardening and carpentry.  He was as handy as they come and always enjoyed taking on new projects. Tom had a zest for life and people were drawn to his dynamic personality.  He would lend a hand to anyone needing his help whether it be shingling a roof or listening to a friend in need.  He loved to have conversation and was known to be a great “story teller” even though some of those stories would change, especially the fishing ones. Tom had several nicknames and had one for everyone close to him.  He went by Big “T”, Greeno, Otto and Ollo to name a few.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Darcie Greene (Mike Humphrey), Fargo, ND, granddaughter, Myranda Greene, Fargo, ND, sisters, Margaret Sigwart  (Conrad), Jupiter, FL, Mary Gail Greene, Charleston, SC, brother Donald Greene (Jane), Roswell, GA, stepson, Dakota Walz, Lakewood, CO, his beloved puppy dog, Tuco and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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25 responses to “Thomas Greene”

  1. Rita Anderson says:

    PRAYERS TO DARCI AND FAMILY. RIP BROTHER TOM…

  2. Destiny Steele says:

    Prayers to the family. Tom will be greatly missed. RIP brother Tom.

  3. Marsha Tarlow says:

    Very sad news to learn of Tom’s passing.

  4. Jeff Burrill says:

    Greeno,
    Always enjoyed time spent with you in college and afterward.
    Also appreciate your military service.
    You shall be missed by many.
    (A special thanks to B.A. Schoen for ‘bringing’ you to the playground of Moorhead State where forever friendships were formed.)
    Jeff

  5. Mike Fosberg says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to your family.

  6. Lynnette says:

    Darci I’m so sorry honey losing your dad their is a loss that can’t ever be filled again but know you now have a guardian watching over you always – I love you please let me know if you need anything

  7. Jon Hovde says:

    Greeno was a great friend going back to the MSC Vets Club where I first met Tom. His personality was as bold as the beef he used to haul. He was as solid as a rock. He had a heart of Gold. I really enjoyed talking with him when he came to the Fargo Air Museum for a Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration with a number of other MSC Vets. It was like we were never apart, yet 35 years had past. Our deepest sympathy to all of Greeno’s family. He will be missed by all of us. Love, Jon & Darlene Hovde

  8. Shane Sager says:

    Praying for you during this tough time. Tom was a great man.

  9. Vicki Miller says:

    So sorry about Tom. We had a lot of great times back in college. He died 16 years to the day since my husband Dennis died. Dennis loved Greeno!

  10. Gene and Sharon Jacobson Rudolph says:

    RIP to a friend and fellow letter carrier. The best story teller I knew.

  11. Doug M says:

    Even though I only worked with Tom for a few years at the Fargo P.O., I will never forget him. He truly was one of a kind. He was always fun to hang around with and never said a bad word about anyone. We used to work out together at the “Y” and then stop for some “refreshment” before going home to our wives. If not for the New York accent, i would not have guessed he from from there. Just a really nice guy. He will be missed.

  12. Sandy and Dennis says:

    Darcie, Dak, Miranda and all whose lives were touched by Tom. May you find solace knowing that Tom is now being held in gentle care within the arms of our Lord and Savior. Our prayers go out to and for you during this sad time. Always remember the laughter and joy he brought to your lives and this world. May god bless you all!
    Dennis & Sandy
    FL.

  13. Terry Schwab says:

    You will be missed Otto, rest in peace Brother!

  14. Owen Moe says:

    Greeno was one of a kind. He was a good friend and a good man. I think back at the MSC Vets Club days, and remember some really fun times that always make me laugh. And that’s the way I’ll always remember him, the guy that made life a lot better.

  15. Mark Paler says:

    prayers to the family RIP TOM

  16. Tom Seifert says:

    Lots of good memories. RIP my good friend.

  17. Paul Whitney says:

    I first met Tom in 1975 in Moorhead. From health clubs to local establishments Tom’s stories would regale every walk of life. He wore many hats in his life as a veteran, beef lugger, bartender, postal worker, family man and friend. The last decade he would attend the annual Veteran’s Day program at Breckenridge High School.
    As emcee I knew what being a vet meant to him and the road wasn’t easy. Each year he would visit with speakers who were at places like Pearl Harbor, Guadacanal, D-Day, Korea, Vietnam and the war on terrorism.
    We would always get our pictures with the speakers. Most thought Tom should have told his stories also. Jose Narosky said “In war there is no such thing as an unwounded veteran.” Thanks for your service Greeno! Rest in peace old friend!

  18. Donald Mayer says:

    It was nice working with Tom and getting to know him while lugging beef together at Held Beef many years ago. Such a likable man. Thinking of you and your family and sending special thoughts and prayers.

    Donald Mayer
    Fargo ND

  19. Dan & Diane Stark says:

    RIP Greeno! What a guy you were….Your heart was made of gold & you were just a Whoot to be around wether at the post office or just hangin for a quick beer after work. You will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have had you as a coworker & friend. Ride with wings on Tom.

  20. Jessica Zinda-Crane says:

    I had not seen Tom for many years but was my uncle thru marriage. I always remembered him as a very dynamic personality and fun to be around. My memories of him are in the early days of Moorhead as I also lived there briefly in the 1970’s. My condolences go out to his extended family and especially to his daughter Darci and granddaughter Myranda.
    May you be content and one with the Universe Tom.

  21. Gail Fraser says:

    My thoughts and prayers to Tommy’s family and many friends. He was a great guy!

  22. Betty Peterson says:

    Rest in Peace Tom! I sure will miss our little talks at the window!

  23. Sally and Bob Berrell says:

    Tom was our mail carrier for many years.In 1988 our son Steve was a victim of Pan Am 103.He was 20 years old .Tom came to our door with a large bundle of cards and notes from friends.
    The tears were streaming down his face..He was a wonderful friend to our family.We sent him a Xmas card each year..Our warmest thoughts to all the family..

  24. Teresa Voigt says:

    Terry Hodgins Voigt

    Many good memories from family outing and high school. Rip

  25. helaine hagstrand says:

    We were so saddened by the news of Tom’s passing! He visited us in Vermont, (Steve and he were high school buddies!) Most recently we attended one of the Baldwin High School reunions and spent time with him. Lots of memories,
    Sincerely,
    Helaine and Steve Hagstrand

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