HOOPESTON — Paul Sidney Greene, 94, of East Lynn and Hoopeston, father of a Rankin resident, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at Anderson Funeral Home 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Larry Houseman officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston.
Mr. Greene was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Washington, Ind., to David Hershel and Consuella Venus (Morris) Greene.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Cynthia Ann (Winslow); both of his parents; and his three brothers, Morris, Ralph and Bill.
Surviving are his sister, Betty Meyer; five children, the Rev. Robert Greene of Vermont, Ill., Marilyn (Lester) Maul of Rankin David (Cheryl) Greene of Temple Terrace, Fla., Rex (Rhoda) Greene of Watseka and Susan Hoffman of Longview, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Greene and his wife were married in Fairmount, Ind., on the Winslow family farm on Oct. 12, 1947. They began their lives together in Washington, Ind., and then moved in 1949 to the family farm in East Lynn, where they raised their five children.
In the 1960s, Mr. Greene purchased a blacksmith shop in East Lynn and started Greene Welding & Hardware. When the East Lynn school closed in the 1970s, he purchased the school grounds to move his expanding business. The business designed and began to manufacture the binstairs in 1976 and has expanded the grain bin safety equipment line which is sold throughout the world.
Mr. Greene was forced into retirement at age 70 with a stroke. Reluctantly, he turned his beloved business over to his son Rex to continue his legacy.
After retirement, Mr. Greene stayed involved in the business. His primary concern was taking care of his wife, who was afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis.
Mr. Greene desired all memorial gifts to go to the Arthritis Foundation to help people who suffered like the love of his life. Donations can be made at www.arthritis.org or 1355 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 600, Atlanta GA 30309.
Throughout the years, Mr. Greene was an active member of both the East Lynn United Methodist Church and Hoopeston United Methodist Church, a volunteer fireman in East Lynn and a member of Gideons International. He loved to travel and play games. Often, one would find that he was the life of the party. His love for people shone brightly.
Mr. Greene was a problem-solver at heart and always had ideas for new solutions. He was an inventor his entire life and was always resourceful and ingenious in fixing problems. Following his stroke, his mind stayed sharp until the end.