William (Bill) Robert Green, 83, of Westerville died surrounded by family on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. His final month was a struggle with pancreatic cancer.
Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gayle; sons Jeff (Shelley), Doug (Patty), Mick (Lisa); and daughter Kristyn (Todd) Moury; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his siblings, Dick (Joan) and Joanne (Joe) Gurley; and his sisters-in-law, Lynn Culp, Cheryl (Hank) Radziej, and Judy Green
Bill was born to Bob and Hazel Green on May 14, 1940, in Cleveland. He was raised in Painesville, Ohio and graduated from Harvey High School in 1958. He attended Northwestern University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and played freshman baseball for the Wildcats. After graduating in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Bill was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
Bill married Gayle, his high school sweetheart, on June 22, 1963. He then spent four years as a Marine, achieving the rank of Captain, and serving a tour in Vietnam. After returning to civilian life, he worked as a professional engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation, retiring after 30 years.
Bill moved his young, growing family to Columbus in 1968. He and Gayle moved to Westerville in 2005.
Bill enjoyed and excelled at sports and physical activities his entire life. In 1952, he was the winning pitcher in the first-ever Little League game in Painesville. During his junior year in high school, he had a batting average of .724 and rushed for an 82-yard touchdown. He earned ten varsity letters. In 1998, Bill shot a hole-in-one. He volunteered as an usher at the Ohio State University football games for 20 years.
Traveling was another favorite hobby of Bill’s. He visited 49 of the 50 states as well as countries in Europe and Asia.
In addition to being a faithful, loving, and devoted husband, Bill was a dedicated father and grandfather, coaching and attending countless activities. He delighted in the cute and funny antics of his grandchildren.
Bill was a humble man and requested that there be no funeral services. The family thanks you for your prayers and support.