Judge Richard G. GreenwoodIssue Date: July 12, 2018
Judge Richard G. Greenwood, 90, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 due to complications of Parkinson's disease.
Born Nov. 4, 1927, to the late Ruth and Glen Greenwood, he led a colorful, exciting life and had many friends, both here and abroad. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949, where he achieved his commission of Naval Officer and was active in sports, winning the Intercollegiate Boxing Championships for his alma mater.
After graduation, he attended the U.S. Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Fla. where he earned his wings and then went on to Key West for night flying training.
During the Korean Conflict, he was assigned to various aircraft carriers and flew 299 carrier landings, 44 of which were at night. His favorite carriers were the Coral Sea and the Leyte and favorite airplanes were the Corsair and the Sky Raider. During a mission patrolling the Mediterranean Sea, he rescued an R.A.F. pilot and crew from a remote island near Greece and was invited to the H.M.S. Eagle Carrier where he and his new friends celebrated with a bit of grog.
When his brother passed away, he resigned his active commission to return to his home state to attend Marquette University Law School and was a member of the Law Review. While at school, he joined the Naval Air Reserves in Glenview, Ill. and flew jets.
In 1958, he graduated from law school and returned to Green Bay to practice law and served as Assistant District Attorney for Brown County, later becoming Green Bay's City Attorney.
In 1967, he became eligible to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and was appointed Circuit Court Judge for Brown, Kewaunee and Door Counties in 1977 and spent over 20 years on the bench. During his tenure, he heard many cases, including the first DNA case in the State of Wisconsin.
A member of the Wisconsin Civil Jury Instruction Committee, his favorite duty was conducting wedding ceremonies, making many house calls and also had couples come to the family home to be married.
He enjoyed down hill skiing, taking his family on many ski trips and loved traveling the United States and abroad with family, especially taking European bicycle trips.
He collected stamps, was a good harmonica player, loved telling tales, convincing some people that he owned an island near Key West, had a strong Christian faith and family was important to him.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol; children, Amy (Jim) Pautzke, Julie (Tom) Tennessen, Brian Greenwood and Victoria Greenwood; four grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Greenwood.
Visitation will be held at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, 209 S. Adams St., Green Bay on Monday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Rev. Andrew Cribben, O Praem will officiate with Rev. Paul Demuth concelebrating, followed by full Military Honors concluding the services. Parking is available in the Cherry St. ramp. Burial will be in Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Proko Wall Funeral Home of Green Bay is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials can be made to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, www.usna.com or the Greater Green Bay YMCA Camping Services Annual Scholarship Fund, 235 N. Jefferson St., Green Bay, WI 54301 or www.greenbayymca.org
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