Joseph Dean Greenwood, age 75, died on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Reedsburg Area Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Joe was born to E. Dean and Loraine Greenwood, of Reedsburg and attended local schools graduating from Webb High School – Class of 1964. He was a gifted athlete and medaled three times at state wrestling tournaments. Joe later was inducted into the Reedsburg Athletic Hall of Fame for wrestling and football. Classmates spoke of him as shy and a gentle giant.
In his adult years he worked on his family farm as well as agricultural projects in Iran and Saudi Arabia, before becoming an instructor at Billings, MT, Industrial Arts education facility teaching refrigeration. Joe later moved to Fairbanks, AK, where he worked for the University of Alaska – Fairbanks in maintenance and refrigeration until his retirement.
He was a loving husband and father and is survived by his wife of 44 years: Golie; his son: Dean; his daughter: Laurie (Scott) Schuenke and his granddaughter: Brianna. Also surviving are his siblings: Betty (Henry) Chessin, Wayne (Nancy) Greenwood, Sally (Harry) Petersen and Barbara (Frank) Tucker. In addition to Rusty Doering, Mida Pearson, Jean (Woody) Wood, Kolleen Johnson as well as many extended family members.
Joe enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and his adventures at moose camp at the Melozitna River and salmon fishing at Glen Allen, Alaska. He was a kind, thoughtful and generous man. His family, friends and workmates throughout the U.S.A. and abroad will miss him greatly.
The family would like to thank all of the health care workers who took care of him especially Dr. Carlson, Dr. Nesseim, Dr. Foley and Dr. Phillips.
Psalm 23. Prayers for peace and healing. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be made to Country Casa Group Home, E8509 N. Reedsburg Road, Reedsburg, WI 53959.
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