|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1912|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 16, 2003|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Arnie Rishoi Green, 2154 Westminster Avenue, died April 16, 2003, at his home following a short illness.
Mr. Green was born July 17, 1912 in Brookings, SD one of 16 children born to Peter and Trine Christensen Green. The Green family successfully engaged in dairy farming more than half a century.
Arnie Green graduated from Brook-ings High School, and for a short time with his brother, Robert, and assistance from other brothers, Hans, El-mer and Fred, operated several service stations. At the outbreak of World War II Arnie enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was first assigned in Salt lake City to a temporary outpost the Army had set up in the old Fremont Elementary school on Second West. Later, he was stationed in Kansas, and then saw combat in Belgium, Germany and at Bastogne.
Mr. Green married Sylvia Sophie Drazich in 1943, a well-known fashion buyer at the Auerbach Co. a famous Salt Lake City landmark department store, at Fourth South and State St. Mrs. Green died in 1983. After World War II Mr. Green returned to Salt Lake City, and became foreman at the Salt Lake City Traffic and Engineering, Paint and Sign Department. Arnie was affectionately known by the city as "Mr. Paint." He and his workers, more than 40 years, were a familiar sight, especially early Sunday mornings, working to achieve an orderly beauty for the city. Mr. Green was cited many times for his work achievements. Commissioners praised his skill at work and his courtesy and efficiency in getting the job done. His idea was to save the city money by recycling signs instead of buying new metal. Among the commissioners who honored him on a regular basis was Jess A. Agraz. Also more than 40 years Arnie Green was a volunteer at Dilworth Public School and for his assistance in cleaning up the grounds, Mr. Green received various awards.
Mr. Green was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Am-erican Legion, the Elks Club and the Footprinter Association. He was an avid golfer and an ardent traveler.
Mr. Green is survived by a sister-in-law, Dr. Dolly Drazich Svobodny, Manhasset, NY, his principal care giver; brothers-in-law, Nicholas, Michael Drazich, Los Angeles, CA; nieces and nephews, Chris (Bud) Jensen, Richland, WA, Sherwood Jensen, McLean, VA, Herbert Berndt, Wenatchee, WA, Demares LeCouris, Daniel Linn, Vancouver, WA, Harold Jensen, Robert Walker, Ipswich, MA, John Jensen, Valerie Foster, Kathryn Loban, all of Brookings, SD, Barbara Peterson, Spearfish, SD, Donna Drea, Sargeant Bluff, IA, Michael Green, Madison, SD, Bernita Krumm, Kansas City, MO, Jane Davis, Fort Collins, CO, James Matson, Riverton, WY, Charles Matson, Mt. Home, ID.
In the more than 60 years that Arnie Green lived in Salt Lake City, he developed and fostered many friend-ships. Arnie's kindness and his concern for others won him many friends who sustained him, cherished him, cared for him and prayed for him. Arnie brought a large measure of happiness and comfort into their lives. He in turn, prospered from their good will and kind hearts. There are many friends and colleagues who will miss Arnie; notably they are Lou and Kay, Vera and Frank, Dini and Marcelo, Helen, Audrey, Arthur (Kirby), Dan and Jean, John and Shirley, Eli, Bob, Dan and Norma, Steve, Jim, Mary, Frank and Dorothy, Betty and Lewis, Mike and Ruby, Zorka, Maureen and Lowell, Val and Jack, Dotty and Larry.
The family is especially grateful to Dr. Robert Miller and to Angela for their outstanding care and devotion, prominent elements in Arnie's existence.
Services Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple. Graveside service and burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: Rita & Lee Gordon
Record added: May 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69923294
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