Stephen Woodrow Green

Jan 2, 2014 Staff

Stephen Woodrow Green, a 52-year resident Lander, died after a lengthy illness Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, surrounded by family at his home in Lander. He was 75 years old.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander. A reception and celebration of life will follow the service at the Lander Elks Lodge, 492 Lincoln St., Lander.

Stephen Woodrow Green was born June 12, 1938, in Meeteetse, the son of Ralph E. Green and Celeste Bird (Travis) Green.

Mr. Green spent his early years in and around Meeteetse and Cody, attending local schools and working on ranches with his parents and siblings.

He graduated from Cody High School in 1956 and enlisted in the Army Reserve in November 1956, completing his training and duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Aberdeen Proving Grounds. He then returned to Cody and married Barbara Livingston, the daughter of Glenn E. and Florence Livingston, on June 28, 1958. The two traveled to Laramie to attend the University of Wyoming.

Mr. Green graduated in May 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocational education. He then moved to Lander in August 1961 with his wife and two sons, Shane and Brian, and began teaching at Fremont County Vocational High School. He was an auto mechanics teacher at the high school for 32 years, retiring in 1994 after having two more sons, Tim and Kevin. He spent his retirement years remaining active in his many interests such as history, South Pass and education.

He was a lifelong member of the NEA and of BPOE #2317 (being a Charter Member of Lander Elks Lodge and Exalted Ruler in 1969-70). He was also an active member of the Friends of South Pass for many years.

His family said his interests included blacksmithing, archeology, gold prospecting, storytelling, family and friends. He loved spending time with his wife and family at his cabin on South Pass and running his Oregon Buttes Trading Post after his retirement. He also spent five summers working on the restoration of the South Pass City Historic Site and conducted living history exhibits in the blacksmith shop on the site. He loved showing his four boys "the country," teaching them to hunt, fish and drive in the Red Desert, Great Divide Basin and Oregon Buttes areas.

He was a master mechanic and always helped anyone who was in need. His areas of expertise and passions were wide and varied, including woodworking, painting and engineering. He helped and contributed to numerous charities throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Livingston) Green; brothers Miles and his wife Connie Green of Pocatello, Idaho, and Ralph of Lander; sons Shane and his wife Tammy (Burns) of Lander, Brian and his wife Kerrie (Carlson) of Thermopolis, Tim and his wife Jenny (Hirasawa), and Kevin of Lander; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph E. Green; mother Celeste Green of Meeteetse and Lander; and sisters Karen Green of Meeteetse and Marjorie Berg (Green) of Shoshoni.

Memorials can be made to the Lander Community Center Project in the name of Stephen and Barbara Green.

Services are under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander.

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