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Charles Greenen

January 9, 1936 — May 17, 2023

Charles Greenen

Charles (“Charlie”, “Bud”) Dewenter Greenen, Jr. passed away May 17, 2023. Born January 9, 1936, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the second of eight children to Charles and Mary Louise (Turnock) Greenen. At age 12, his family moved to Monticello, Indiana where he held many jobs such as setting up bowling pins, operating basketball concessions at Ideal Beach, caddying at Tippecanoe Country Club, farming the “back 40”, and assisting with building a cottage at Parson’s Forest Lodge. They moved again after his sophomore year to Michigan City, Indiana where he attended Saint Mary's high school. During the summer of 1953, they returned to Monticello where he managed Parson’s Forest Lodge Horseback Riding Stable and worked at Landscape Garden shoppes. His senior year he attended Central Catholic high School in Toledo, Ohio.

After graduation, he joined several of his friends by enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He wanted to see the world and had turned down promotions to be stationed on different ships. After four years experiencing cruises in Far East, South America, and the Mediterranean, he was honorably discharged with FT3 rank. He attended Purdue University on the GI Bill and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1962. He was employed by Control Data Corporation, a new computer manufacturer in the field services division. A major highlight was his installation of a computer for NASA to monitor Wally Schirra’s launch.

He married Virginia (“Ginny”) Griep November 24, 1962. The next 14 years included having four children and moving often. In 1976, they landed in Monticello to manage and operate Arrowhead Campground. He was also heavily involved with the local Rotary Club.

In 1986, he changed his profession to hospital engineer. In 2002, he retired. He and Ginny lived in Noblesville until 2015 when they moved to Six Lakes Country Club retirement community in N. Ft Myers. He became very active with fellow veterans and often golfed three-times a week. He was a wonderful golfer and was known by many for his smooth swing.

In May 2019 he participated in the Honor Flight.

Charlie is survived by children Teresa (James) Schmith, Charles Greenen, III (KT), David Greenen, Deborah (Brad) Manion; four siblings, Gloria Bixler, Louise Kuron, Michael Greenen and William Greenen; grandchildren Megan (Joseph) Klien, Molly Cochran, Katie Lucchetti, Sam (Shelby) Manion, Emma Manion, Jack Manion; great-grandchild Sebastian Klien.

Preceded in death by wife Virginia "Ginny" Greenen parents Charles Dewenter Greenen, Sr and Mary Lou Turnock Greenen; sister Patricia Gajewski, brothers James Greenen and Thomas Greenen; sons in-law Gregory Allen Cochran and Ross F Lucchetti; mother in-law Patricia Schafer.

A private funeral will be held in Monticello, Indiana at Springer-Voorhis-Draper funeral home. Celebration of life to be held at Six Lakes Country Club November 11.

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