William Lester "Bill" Greenfield, 89
Friday, August 06, 2004
William Lester "Bill" Greenfield, 89, formerly of the Roberts area, died Wednesday, June 30, in Salem, Ore.
He was born Oct. 24, 1914, at Three Lakes in the town of Warren, St. Croix County, the son of Lester and Margaret (McGaughey) Greenfield. His paternal great-grandparents, James and Mary (Henry) Runions, County Derry, Ireland, homesteaded in the Three Lakes area in 1861 and were among the earliest pioneers in the town of Warren and St. Croix County. Their daughter, Margaret, with her husband, Clark Greenfield, expanded the family farm which William's father and mother later operated.
He received his eight years of elementary education in the Three Lakes one-room school and graduated from Roberts High School in 1934.
In 1938 he married Irma Daily, the daughter of Guy and Pearl Daily. They operated the Consolidated Lumber Yard on Main Street in Roberts for several years prior to moving in 1941 to Portland, Ore., where William was involved in building material sales. Irma died in 1985 and he later married Garnet.
William was a passionate and caring gentleman who deeply loved his family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was extremely proud of his Irish heritage. He never forgot his Wisconsin roots, and he and his family made many trips from Portland to visit relatives and friends in the area.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Irma; a son, Lt. Guy Greenfield, who was killed in the Vietnam War; a daughter, Margaret Ann Greenfield, who died April 16; his sisters, Betty Greenfield, Mary and Imelda; three brothers-in-law, Niles, Bob and James.
Survivors are his wife, Garnet; a daughter, Mary Kay; a son, Kevin; a stepdaughter, Patti; a sister, Patricia; and several grandchildren. Surviving in the Roberts area are cousins Richard and Don and Dora Marie and Barbara.
Memorial services for William and his daughter, Margaret Ann, were Thursday, July 8, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Portland with Father Stephen E. Bossi, CSP, officiating.
Memorials are preferred to the Hazel Mackin Community Library in Roberts.
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