Thomas William Green, 79, formerly of Mexico, MO. died Monday afternoon, September 20, 2004, at the Life Care Center of Pueblo, Colorado from complications of Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís disease. Mr. Green was an employee of A. P. Green Refractories for over 40 years at their Mexico, Philadelphia and Pueblo plants. His career included work in both the shipping and personnel departments.
Visitation and funeral services were held at Horan-McConaty Funeral Home in Lakewood, CO on Thursday evening, September 23, 2004. Interment with military honors was on Friday morning, September 24th at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
Mr. Green was born on April 14, 1925 in Mexico to Rudolph Worrell and Thelma Marion Bodkin Green. He was named after his grandfathers, Thomas Edward Bodkin and George William Green.
He graduated from Mexico Sr. High School in 1943 and from the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kingsport, NY in the summer of 1945 with a dual commission in the U. S. Naval Reserve. For the remainder of World War II, he would served aboard several Merchant Marine ships primarily involved in supplying Allied troops.
Following the war, he returned to Mexico with his Australian bride, Joan Alice Askwith of Bendigo, Australia who he married on Feb. 6, 1946. To this marriage were born two sons, Rodney Alan Green, who survives in Ashland, MO., and Denis Keith (Molly) Green of Columbia, MO. On June 14, 1952, he was married to Virginia Dale Balmer in Philadelphia, PA. They had one son, David William (Teresa) Green of Pueblo, CO.
On December 22, 1973, he married Gladys Weigel Davis in Jefferson City, MO. She
survives at their home in Pueblo. In addition to his three sons, Mr. Green is survived by
four stepsons, Gary Davis of Dothan, AL, Eric (Theresa) Davis of Jefferson City, MO, Clinton (Roxanne) Davis of Fulton, MO, and Bowen Davis of the home; two stepdaughters, Cindy (Michael) Merriam of Aurora, CO and Toni (James) Compton of Lebanon, MO. Also, surviving are four grandchildren, Scott (Renee) Green of Portland, OR, Derek (Charlotte) Green of Fairview Heights, IL, Bryan (Patti) Green of Centralia, MO, and Jeri Green of Columbia, MO; twelve step-grandchildren, Andrea Gomez of Greeley, CO, Ryan Gomez of Manhattan, NY; Gennifer Borgstedt of Pueblo, CO, Weston Ferguson of Jefferson City MO; Jennifer Davis of Bentonville, AR, Robert Davis of Harperís Ferry, WVA, Kyrah Davis of Boston, MA, Aaron Davis of Philadelphia, PA; Austin and Zachary Davis of Jefferson City, MO, Andrew and Jessica Davis of Fulton, MO; four great-granddaughters, Hallie Green of Ontario, Canada; Kylie Green of Portland, OR; Elizabeth Green of Fairview Heights, IL and Tiffany Green of Centralia, MO; four step-great granddaughters, Raena and Sydney Ferguson of Jefferson City, MO and Tyler and Katherine Davis of Harperís Ferry, WVA.
His parents and one granddaughter, Rachael Green preceded him in death. The family requests memorials be made in his name to the Alzheimerís Association or to a charity of donorís choice.
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