Obituary for Donald R. Greene

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Donald R. Greene, 85, of Holmen, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Gundersen Health System. He was born in La Crosse on August 15, 1932 to Lester and Jessie (Gunderson) Greene.
Don graduated from Logan High School in 1950 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952. Following his time in the Air Force, Don went to work with his father at his trucking company. He owned and operated Lester C. Greene & Son Trucking Co. until his retirement in 1999. He married Jean Schultz on May 17, 1958 and they later divorced. On January 17, 1981 Don married JoAnne Mathy Smaby.
Don enjoyed taking family vacations in Florida and fishing trips to Canada. He also loved gardening, his lawn tractors and taking his grand kids on rides. Above all else Don was a family man who loved to have fun and make people laugh.
He is survived by his wife JoAnne, his daughter, Beth (Tim) Besl of La Crosse, step-son, Michael Smaby, grandchildren Jarrod and Jessica Besl, step-grandchildren, Marissa and Samantha Smaby, sisters, Marlene (Richard) Merfeld and Myrna (Terry) Swanson, nieces and nephews, Kris Glanzman, Scott Merfeld, Cindy Merfeld, Brad Swanson, Dena Swanson (Jason) Nix, and a brother-in-law, Charles (Sue) Mathy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Elaine and Jeanette Greene.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1931 Loomis Street, La Crosse. Pastor Anne M. Hokenstad will officiate and burial will be in the Burns Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of services. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be given to the donors choice. Online condolences may be given to the family at