Gordon Green

Dec. 7, 1927-Sept. 27, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. — A small family gathering for Gordon Green was held in his honor in Oro Valley, Arizona where he and his wife, Viola Grace Wilson Green (originally from Cottonwood) have made their home for 30 years.

He passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona.

Gordon Eugene Green was born Dec. 7, 1927, in Rock Valley, Iowa, to Glen Ray Green and Emma Louise Schmeiser Green.

Gordon spent most of his childhood years in Marshall. He was the little brother to two sisters, Vivian Green Traxinger and Shirley Green Schneider, both of whom have predeceased him.

Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946, serving at Fort Bragg and Tokyo, Japan. Upon discharge he continued his education at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1951. He married Viola in 1952 and they headed to Alaska to embark on a new adventure and the start of his life-long career.

Gordon and Viola settled in Anchorage and had two children: Douglas Gordon Green and Teresa Ann Green. While in Alaska, they enjoyed living close to their six grandchildren and had many wonderful holidays and family times together.

During their retirement years Gordon and Viola split their time between Anchorage; Waikoloa, Hawaii; Tucson, Arizona; and their cabin at Kenai Lake. They eventually made their permanent home in the foothills of the Catalinas, Oro Valley, Arizona.

Gordon is survived by his wife Viola; two children: Douglas Gordon Green (Lynne Watson Green) of Eagle River Alaska, and Teresa Ann Green Gifford (Ted Leslie Gifford) of Green Bay, Wisconsin; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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