Posted 11 months ago
By Ashley Hinker
He was born on September 15, 1932 in Minatare, Nebraska to Victor and Lydia (Piester) Green.
Leonard grew up in the Platte River Valley, and graduated from Minatare High School in 1950. After high school he moved to Chicago for an opportunity in banking, but found he was not much of a city boy, returning to his first love of farming prior to serving in the US Army in 1953. Leonard married Norma Rowley November 20, 1955, and resumed farming in the Platte Valley with his father Vic and brother Gene Green. The three families moved to Alliance in 1958 for a larger farming opportunity and Leonard also joined Neuswanger’s, Inc. in 1967 where he served as Vice-President. Leonard and son Kent purchased the farm operation and together expanded the organization into Green Acres, Inc. Leonard was a passionate farmer and strong advocate of the sugar beet industry, serving on the Research Committee for the Nebraska Nonstock Sugar Beet Growers Association, as well as its Vice-President. His business ventures included a partnership that developed and owns the Holiday Inn Express.
Leonard’s sense of humor and joke-telling was well-known, and his lounge-chair-toilet-bowl-hay bail “Rest Area” earned Alliance a mention and photograph in the Nebraska Curiosities book. He was active in several business and civic organizations throughout the years including hosting the Travelers Protective Association annual barbecue/corn feed and membership drive, member of the First Presbyterian Church, leadership in the Black Hills Custer State Park Cabin Owners Association. Later in life he took a great interest in his German Russian heritage, joining the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.
Leonard’s greatest joy was his family. He loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed telling stories about each of them using his unique ability to imitate their distinct personalities and voices to anyone who would listen.
He is survived by his spouse of 58 years, Norma Green of Alliance; his son Kent and wife Jill of Alliance, his daughter Lynette and husband Paul Connealy of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, daughter Kim and husband Gary Jungck of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren Cody, Alison and Emily Green, Connor and Colin Connealy, Nathan, Christian and Anna Jungck and great-granddaughter Anistyn Green; sister Genevieve Nuss of Minatare, sister Vickie Wheeler of Scottsbluff; and cousin Clarence Piester of Bayard.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Lydia Green, brother Gene Green and granddaughter Lindsey Green.
Memorial services will be held Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Stephen T. Roosa officiating. A luncheon at the Westside Event Center will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Prairie Haven Hospice or the First Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com. Bates-Gould Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.