Gerald Green, 70, of Lockwood passed away suddenly on the morning of September 18, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held on September 23 at 10:00 AM at Lockwood Harvest Church.
Gerald Dean Green was born at his home in Silver Cliff, Colorado on August 31, 1947 to Wilbur and Edna Green. He grew up riding horse, fishing, and hiking in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. He worked hard and loved to help his neighbors and friends. One of Gerald’s greatest joys was going to work at Sparky’s with his dad, with whom he had a very close relationship. Being the 5th oldest in the family meant he had lots of nieces and nephews he enjoyed entertaining and playing with when they came to visit.
Gerald served his country in Vietnam starting in 1967. In February of 1968 he was shot in the shoulder and was transferred to the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Colorado. He was honorably discharged in December 1968. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. During his time recovering from his wounds he met a lovely woman from Shepherd, Montana.
He married the love of his life, Linda Green from Shepherd on September 8, 1968 in West Cliff, Colorado. Three boys were born to them, Sheridan, Justin (Robin), Shawn (Barbara) and later in life God gave them two more, William and Chance. He was never afraid to tell them he loved them and how proud he was of each one. Gerald didn’t stop at loving his own children; over 30 kids were welcomed into their home through foster care and were shown love and compassion. He always said, “You don’t have to be blood to be family”.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 49 years Linda Green; five sons: Sheridan, Justin (Robin), Shawn (Barbara), William, and Chance; a brother James Green of Longview, WA; two sisters: Velda Green and Elvira Green, both of Canon City, CO; seven grandchildren: Erica Green, Jessica Green, Monica Green, Noel Green, Dean and Hayden Green, Giovanni Fish; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his partner in crime and dear friend Tom Lawrence and wife Bonnie.
He is preceded in death by his brother Wayne Green and sister Roberta Nadler.
Gerald’s kind and giving spirit will be missed, but lives on in the lives of so many that his heart has touched.