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Joseph Richard 'Dick' Green

Joseph Richard “Dick” Green, 92, Hays, died Monday, April 30, 2012, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born June 11, 1919, in Midian to Cyril L. and Ruth (Lumpkins) Green. He was a 1937 graduate of Midian High School and a 1939 graduate of Butler County Junior College. He graduated from Wichita University with a bachelor’s degree in geology and education in 1949.

He married Shirley (Seeber) Green on June 4, 1948, in El Dorado. During World War II, he worked for Beech Aircraft in the experimental division, developing aircraft for the war. He was a petroleum geologist and co-owner of Green and Green Consulting Geologists and of Green Oil Operations.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in 1944, and was an aviation machinist serving in Seattle and in the Aleutian Islands.

He was a member of American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Kansas Geological Society, Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars and First United Methodist Church, Hays.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; five sons, Richard Green and wife, Pam, California, Mo., Larry Green and wife, Patsy, New Hope, Minn., Jerry Green and wife, Susan, Hays, Robert Green and wife, Melissa, Bethesda, Md., and Craig Green and wife, Tina, Livingston, Tenn.; a daughter, Krista Mize and husband, Len, Arvada, Colo.; three brothers, Robert Green and wife, Louise, El Dorado, Jim Green, San Antonio, and William Green, Seattle; 14 grandchildren, Daniel Green and wife, Kinsey, Hays, Ashley Whatley and husband, Steve, Dallas, Kacy Green, Houston, Karen Hester and husband, Andrew, Franklin, Tenn., Joseph, Mary and Matthew Green, all of Livingston, Andrea and David Green, both of New Hope, Susannah and Ian Green, both of Bethesda, and Alex (Angela), Laurel and John Mize, all of Arvada; a step-granddaughter, Becci Kroeger, California; three great-grandchildren, Kasdan Green, Hays, Taylor Whatley, Dallas, and Landon Mize, Arvada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Karen; his parents; a brother; and two sisters.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Hays; private family inurnment will be at a later date in Mount Allen Cemetery, Hays. Military honors by Hays VFW will follow at the church.

Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or to Heifer International in care of Hays Memorial Funeral Home, 20th and Pine.

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