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Willie Pink Green, veteran, churchman, repairman

May 12, 1922 – Oct. 20, 1914

NIAGARA FALLS – Willie Pink Green, a decorated veteran of World War II, active churchman and owner of a Niagara Falls repair service, died last Monday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, after a lengthy illness. He was 92.

Mr. Green was born in Jacksonville, Ala., and served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II. His commendations included the Bronze Star and Soldier’s Medal.

After the war, he married Ethelyn V. Howard, and the couple moved to Niagara Falls. They were married for 61 years before Mrs. Green died.

Mr. Green was employed at several local industries, including Vanadium, Autolite, Great Lakes Carbon, Hooker Chemical and Olin Mathieson before he retired in 1985.

He continued to work part time after retirement, delivering prescriptions for local pharmacies and earning a certification in small appliance repair. He ran Green’s Repair Service for 15 years and also was a co-owner of Aughtman Green Landscaping Service.

Mr. Green, who read the Bible daily, joined Pioneer Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1984 and served there as head deacon, elder and stewardship leader. He was instrumental in founding the church’s food pantry and soup kitchen, and volunteered countless hours to maintain the building and grounds of the church.

He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, and was known for his skills as a barbecue chef, particularly for his sauce.

Surviving are three sons, Bernard, Larry and Kenneth; five daughters, Demetria Sikes, Ramona Sims, Kimberly Carter, Florence Williams and Doris Green; a sister, Vera Wood; 25 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at noon today in St. John’s AME Church, 917 Garden Ave.