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Maurice Warner Green, Jr., age 89, of Norwell, Massachusetts and formerly of Fairfield, Iowa, passed away on January 18, 2017. Warner was born August 30, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to Maurice Warner Green, Sr. and Dorothy Jean (Taft) Green. Warner grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, and spent much of his childhood at the Green Meadows family farm in Wayne Township, Michigan. The family moved to South Bend, Indiana where Warner graduated from Riley High School in 1945. Warner enrolled at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and during his freshman year, joined Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In March 1946, Warner enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was assigned to the Signal Corps, 71st Signal Service Battalion. During Warner's military service, which included the end of World War II and the occupation of Japan, he served as a Staff Sergeant stationed in the Signal Center of the Dai Ichi Building in Tokyo under General Douglas MacArthur. In August 1947, Warner was honorably discharged and continued his studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Warner graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in September 1951. Purdue University recognized his work at Indiana University and awarded him a degree. Warner attended Indiana University School of Law before entering work as an accountant and auditor.
Warner married Marilyn Joann Crandall on June 26, 1954 in Richmond, Indiana. Shortly after their marriage, Warner lived in South Bend while Marilyn pursued and completed her Master's Degree from Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan. The family continued to live in South Bend, Indiana, and Warner pursued and earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University in June 1963. He held positions in accounting and finance at Associates, O'Brien Paints, Tyler Refrigeration and Clark Equipment.
In 1969, the family moved to South Holland, Illinois where Warner was controller for Chicago Castings. In 1972, Warner accepted a position with Iowa Malleable Iron Company and the family moved to Fairfield, Iowa. Warner continued his career with Iowa Malleable until his retirement, serving as both treasurer and CEO. During retirement, Warner continued to be active in community boards, consulting and teaching. Warner was also a member of the Rotary Club, First United Methodist Church of Fairfield, Elks Club and the Fairfield Golf and Country Club. Warner was a gardener and model train enthusiast who built many model trains, and built two dollhouses for his daughters.
Warner's greatest joy was his family. Warner is survived by his wife Marilyn their four children, Dr. David Warner (Donna) Green, Dr. Thomas Crandall (Angela) Green, Melinda Taft (Dag) Hugdahl, J.D., and Dr. Carolyn Elizabeth (Gerard) Boudreault, and by his five beloved grandsons, Michael Henry Warner Green, Andrew David Green, Erik Warner Hugdahl, Gerard Maurice Boudreault, and Camille Robert Boudreault. Warner is also survived by his sister, Mary Jane (Green) Burdett and her husband Howard William Burdett Sr., and his sister-in-law Doris Green, along with eleven nieces and nephews.
Warner was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Taft Green. Funeral services and internment will be held later at South Wayne Cemetery, Wayne Township, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Field Museum of Natural History, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605 noting in memory of M. Warner Green, or to Cass County Parks, 120 N. Broadway Street, Suite 209, Cassopolis, MI 49031, with the memo directing memorials to Fred Russ Forest Park in memory of M. Warner Green. Condolences may be sent to Tom Green, 851 Springfield Avenue, Building 23, #105, Summit, New Jersey, 07901.
Published on January 24, 2017
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