Jan. 16, 1927 - Nov. 8, 2019
Mr. Green was born in Crawfordsville to Virgil and Pauline [Perry] Green.
Mr. Green graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1945, where he played football, basketball, and was a state finalist in the high hurdles. He was President of National Honor Society and the Athenian Booster Club, and editor of the school newspaper his senior year. He was also an Eagle Scout.
After a brief stint in the Navy at the end of WWII, Mr. Green went to Wabash College, where he played basketball and was a 4-year starter on the football team, and was active in the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity (where he later served as chapter advisor). On May 28, 1950, the week before graduating from Wabash, he married Billie Winningham, which was undoubtedly the greatest success of his life. Mr. Green was admitted to IU Law School, but R. R. Donnelley made him a job offer he couldn’t refuse, and he worked there 40 years, eventually becoming night superintendent. He retired in 1989. Mr. Green served on the Crawfordsville City Council and the Crawfordsville School Board. Through the years he contributed considerable time fundraising for Wabash and his Phi Delt Fraternity.
Mr. Green was an avid golfer, and at his peak had a handicap of 2. He also enjoyed playing cards, both poker and competitive bridge. He was elected to the Montgomery County Basketball Hall of Fame. Mr. Green particularly liked to travel, and to follow the Little Giants’ football and basketball teams. He paid close attention to many political issues.
If you knew Pierce Green as his family did, it is likely there aren’t many people you’ve known that are more honest, humble and non-judgmental as he was. Mr. Green rarely made a negative comment about anyone but Washington politicians. He will always be a shining example to his family, and they will miss him.
Mr. Green had many good friends throughout the U.S. from his relationships from high school, Wabash College, R.R. Donnelley’s and being active in the Crawfordsville community. He was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church, and over the years served in various positions within that church.
He was preceded in death by his six siblings, Virginia, Barbara Jones, Alice Gray, Tom, Wally (Bud) and Elinor Rogers; his wonderful wife (and high school sweetheart), Billie Winningham Green.
Survivors include his four children, Sara, Bill (Kim), Bob (Taffy) and Joanna; his seven grandchildren, Virginia, Andrew, Sam, Sarah, Katie, Joe and Ben.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Burkhart Funeral Home in Crawfordsville. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery North. Family and friends may pay their respects an hour prior to service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Meals on Wheels Program, PO Box 52, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.
Online condolences may be made at www.BurkhartFH.com.