Gordon Stanley Green, recently of Augustana Care Center, Apple Valley, Minn., (formerly of Eyota, Minn.) passed away June 2, 2018.
He was born March 5, 1924, to Benjamin Seth Green and Hulda Julianna Green (nee Ranfranz). He married Shirly Mae Tschumper June 20, 1946. She passed away January 12, 2018. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and three brothers. He is survived by two children, Judith Leopold (Mike) of Apple Valley and David of Morristown; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Janice Drazkowski of Winona.
He attended Rochester public schools, graduating from high school in 1942. He enlisted in the USN October 30, 1942, and served with the Carrier Air Group 82 aboard the USS Bennington. He was in the first carrier raid on Japan proper plus the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. Their ship was severely damaged in a typhoon, so was on survivors’ leave when Japan surrendered.
Gordon enrolled at the University of Minnesota, College of pharmacy in 1946, graduating with a degree in Pharmacy in December 1950. He worked and lived with his family in Madelia and Austin, Minn., before obtaining his own drug store in Preston, Minn., where he lived and worked until he sold the store in January 1989, and then commuted back and forth to Austin, working until his retirement in 1994, and surrendering his license in 1995. He and Shirley made Rochester their home in 1997 before moving to Eyota in 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of the service. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Monday, June 18, 2018. To share special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.