Richard D. Green, Sr., 73, of the town of Big Bend, near Weyerhaeuser, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by family.

Richard was born on Oct. 12, 1945, to Raymond and Genevieve Green of Elroy. In 1971, he was united in marriage to his soulmate, Jennifer Green.

Richard loved God and country and served in the United States Army. He was proud of his service as a Vietnam veteran. His service required his help in unloading ships of Agent Orange, which ultimately took his life. He always said he had it easy compared to the others, but we all know nothing is easy in the military, especially in times of war.

He also served as a federal firefighter at Fort McCoy Military Base for many years. His service to others has been second to none and always a priority to him.

Deer hunting and fishing, shaking dice, playing cards, watching his grandkids, mowing his yard, cooking with his own recipes and taking UTV rides were all things that Richard enjoyed. His love for people was always obvious, down to his last minutes of life.

Richard is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jennifer Green (Hoppenrath); daughter, Kelley (Craig) Dammen of Milton; sons, Richard (Jenna) Green of Rice Lake and Joe (Michele) Green of Willard. He has seven amazing grandkids, Alexis, Libby, Caleb, Sadie, Grace, Ashlyn, and Michael, who loved him dearly and continue to make him so proud!

Richard has eight siblings, Rita (Richard) Zietlow of Friendship, Joanne (Don) Wopat of Elroy, Dennis Green of Forsyth, Mo., Wanda Dogs (Rick) of Elroy, Doug (Judy) Green of Elroy, David (Lori) Green of Elroy, Rodney Green of Elro  and Steven (Colleen) Green of Elroy. He has countless nieces, nephews and family friends who meant the world to him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roger and Larry and in-laws, Melville and Berneice Hoppenrath; brothers-in-law,John Dogs and Rickey Hoppenrath and sister-in-law Berneice Renfrow.

Graveside services will be held at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, where Full Military Rites will be accorded him. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Appleyard’s Home for Funerals in Rice Lake is in charge of the arrangements.