Michael R. Greene
Every song has a beginning and an end. How else could we appreciate it's beauty if not for the silence before and after. So it is for a human life, as well. Michael R. Greene was born on June 22, 1961 to proud parents Raymond and Minnie Greene. He grew up in Fairborn, Ohio with one older brother, Jeff Greene. The family attended Central Avenue Church of Christ regularly and instilled Michael with a love for Christ and hymns at a young age. Mike enlisted in the United States Air Force after graduating from Park Hills High School in 1979. He was inspired by his father's work with the Air Force designing airplanes and was searching for his calling in life. While with the USAF he fixed radios, a very good job for an airman who wasn't fond of heights. After being stationed in Alaska for several months, he was relocated to Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, Illinois. Little did he know that the Church of Christ he attended there would lead him to his future wife, Diana Cloyd. They were married on June 14, 1986 just before he started on his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at the University of Illinois. Upon graduation from U of I, Mike and Diana moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee where Mike first began his teaching career at Boyd Buchanan Christian School. They had their first two children there: Kayla in 1990 and Jennifer in 1992. The family, with their dog Ginger, moved to Parker City, Indiana where they lived while Mike attended Ball State University for his Master's Degree in Music Education. Shortly thereafter, they had their third child, Alexander in 1995. Mike began a successful 22-year teaching career at Winchester Community High School in 1996. Over the years he taught band, elementary music, art, and speech class, but his primary passion was always high school chorus. On February 6, 2017, Mike was suddenly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He went to his Heavenly Father on February 15, 2017 surrounded by family. Mike's legacy was the impact he had on so many of his pupils. He made it a point to find the hidden talents in his students and encourage them to grow. Every song has a beginning and an end. How else could we appreciate its beauty if not for the silence before and after. So it is for a human life, as well. Funeral services for Mike will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Winchester Community High School Fieldhouse with Pastors Mike Ballard and Danny Hines officiating. Burial will follow in Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester. Friends and relatives may call from 2-8 p.m. on Friday at the Fieldhouse and 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Fieldhouse. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the WCHS Music Dept., 700 N. Union St., Winchester, IN 47394 or to the Haitian Home for Haitian Children, P.O. Box 2007, Monroe, GA 30655-2007. Online condolences may be expressed at www.walkerswinchester.com.
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