Greene served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1952 when he and his brother, Ladd, left for basic training, until Feb. 10, 1960, when Greene was honorably discharged.
“Bob was very patriotic,” said Thomas “He wanted to help all veterans.”
Throughout his life Greene wanted to be involved and knew how to get things done. He was always willing to reach out to others to try to get things moving in the community.
“Some people saw Bob as kind of polarizing,” said Thomas.”But you know, even though Bob disagreed with you, he held no ill will against anyone. He could disagree with you and you could still be friends. That was one of the traits about him that I really liked is that you could disagree…and still be friends.”
Throughout his work with the BOB group and in every other groups he joined, Greene could be counted on to get things done.
“He not only liked to talk, he liked to listen,” said Daily Iowegian publisher Becky Maxwell. “He would look in all directions and would approach people that he felt should be in leadership positions to see what they thought about things.”
“Bob was pretty much I guess you might say, the backbone of the [BOB] group,” said Thomas. “He seemed to know how to always get things done. He knew everybody and he was able to get people to contribute. If we had tickets to sell, Bob sold tickets like mad. Bob was one of those, you didn’t have to wonder where you stood with him. He was very straightforward with everybody, just a do anything for you kind of guy. He was a very unique guy. It’s just difficult to put into words.”
Thomas shared one story about Greene that many people who spoke to him would have known was a passion project for the man.