OCEAN PARK - Ocean Park resident Floyd J. "John" Green, 76, died Sept. 14, 2002 in Ilwaco. The son of Alexander and Alpha (Eisenblatter) Green, he was born in Beaverton, Ore., on January 18, 1926.
He grew up in southeast Portland during the Depression years where his given name "Floyd" sparked more than a few conflicts when other kids called him "Pretty Boy Floyd." He attended Benson Polytechnic High School on a football scholarship but left in his junior year to join the war effort, working as a steamfitter in the Portland shipyards.
Mr. Green served with the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Token in the South Pacific for three years from 1943 until 1946. He was wounded in action and had many stories about his war experiences. Returning to Portland he worked as a logger in the Tillamook Burn area until an accident which nearly killed him. He then began truck driving in the Portland area, retiring from Zellerbach Paper after a 30 year career. He also owned apartments and did remodeling on the side.
In 1983 he moved to Ocean Park where he served as treasurer of the Surfside Homeowners Association. He was a member of BPOE No. 142 in Portland, FOE No. 4 of Portland and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean, clamming, dancing and his motor home. He also coached the Ilwaco High school varsity golf team for four years. Colorful and strong-willed, he was a loving husband and father who lived life to the fullest.
He and Delene Houghham were married and later divorced. On Oct. 21, 1976 he married Junia Teschner and she survives, residing at the family home. Also surviving are daughters Sue Gomes Lusk of Vancouver, Sharon Alizadeh of Roseville, Calif., and Vershell Rogers of Portland; son Dan Parks of Portland; sisters Evelyn Modesky of Cle Elum, and Mabel Griffin of Graham; and seven grandchildren. Brothers Robert and Elvin and sister Julia died earlier.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, 1 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach. A reception follows at Ocean Park Eagles Lodge. Concluding service will be Thursday, 3 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Viewing will be Tuesday, noon until 7 p.m. and Wednesday, 9 a.m. until noon at the mortuary. Memorials may be made to the organization of one's choice.