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Elmer Eugene Green

December 8, 1923 — September 19, 2022

McAlester

Elmer Eugene Green

 

Elmer Eugene Green died September 19, 2022, in McAlester, Oklahoma at the age of 98 years 9 months 11 days.  Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 AM, Friday, September 23, 2022, at Chaney Harkins Funeral Chapel.  Interment will follow at Arpelar Cemetery, entrusted to the care of Wadley’s Funeral Service.  

    Elmer was born December 8, 1923, in Whitesboro, Oklahoma to John and Sarah Neoma (Willis) Green.  He was raised and attended school in Talihina, Oklahoma.  Elmer was inducted into the United States Army on March 3, 1943, proudly serving his country during World War II.  He was assigned as part of the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion.  On April 28, 1945, near Wallerdorf, Germany, when a number of men were wounded, Elmer dismounted his tank destroyer and, under hostile fire, administered first aid and accomplished their evacuation.  Noticing litter bearers who were giving aid to their wounded under direct German fire, Elmer returned to his vehicle and covered them with a 50-caliber machine gun.  This act of heroism earned him a Bronze Star. During his service, he also earned a Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, and a few other decorations and citations.  Elmer was honorably discharged on November 5, 1945.  On June 30, 1947, he married Helen Ruth Wadley in Mena, Arkansas.  Together they raised 5 children, Diann, Bill, Pam, Kenneth and Randy.  Elmer worked a few different jobs over his lifetime, delivering for Holsom Bakery, Little Dixie and retiring in 1986 from CDI.  Elmer enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and whittling.  He also enjoyed tinkering with things. Elmer claimed to not be a mechanic but could be found working under the hood of a car.  Elmer was an avid OSU fan, but above all else, he was a family man.  He loved spending time with any and all of his family, and when in their presence, he never lost his infectious smile.  He was of the Baptist faith, attending Hillcrest Baptist Church of McAlester as a member and deacon.
 
    Elmer is preceded in death by his parents, John and Sarah Green; his wife, Helen Green; his infant daughter, Linda Green; grandchildren, Jerry DeWayne Bowen, Joe David Bowen, and Linda Sturgeon; his sons-in-law, Ronnie Jack Bowen, Sr. and James Westbrook; his siblings, Roy Green, Joyce Starzel, Denver Green, Melba Starzel, Wayne Green, and Larry Green.  Survivors include his daughter, Diann Bowen of Krebs; his son, Bill Green and wife, Patti of Overbrook, OK; his daughter, Pam Bonnet and Richard of McAlester; his son, Kenneth Green of McAlester; his son, Randy Green and wife, Nicole of McAlester; his grandchildren, Ronnie Bowen, Christi Beaver and husband, Jeremy, Jennifer Moody and husband, Oscar, Bryan Bonnet and wife, April, Brandon Green and wife, Destiny, Cameron Green, Chantell Green, Jordyn Cook and Hunter, Noah Cook and wife, Kristen; his numerous great and great-great grandchildren; his siblings, Laura Reid, Bobby Green, Shirley Evans and husband, Martin, Patricia Roscoe; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

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