Meriden- Don C. Green, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 18, 2007. He is survived by Martha (Fellman) Green his wife of 58 years. He was born December 21, 1923 in Meriden a son of the late Isaac and Gertrude (Bidwell) Green. He was head custodian at Platt High School at the time of his retirement. Don was a veteran of WWII having proudly served his country in the U.S.Navy. He was an marathon runner having run in the Boston Marathon as well as having competed in many local road races. He was a 70 year member of the First United Methodist Church of Meriden. Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Karen Barnes of Zionsville, IN and Alison Green of Meriden, one granddaughter, Kami Barnes and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers and sisters. A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 159 East Main St., Meriden. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations in Don's memory may be made to First United Methodist Church, Scholarship Fund. The Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home 48 Cook Ave., Meriden is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. How wonderful it was that Uncle Don graced us with his presence in the U.P. one last time this Sept. It was so nice to see him again and it is a great loss to all of his ‘Ruonavaara’ nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. When he visited, it wasn’t unusual to find him sitting in a comfortable chair, taking in the commotion and noise, with a little smile on his face. We sure will miss him. Auntie Martha, how fortunate you are to have had him for 58 years. We love you and wish we could be there. Karen and Alison, Mike and I understand your loss of a parent. Find comfort in the fact that he spoke of you two proudly, and you were wonderful to him. We are praying that God will give you much strength to get through this. Love from the Jukuri’s – Mike, Judy, Josie, Noah, and Ryann

  2. It is with great sorrow that I sign this guest book. As a history teacher at Platt it had been my pleasure to have Don visit several of my classes to discuss his WW II experiences. I found that my students learned far more from his personal stories than anything that I could provide via a book and/or film.He was indeed a beloved custodian and good friend who will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family as they try to deal with their loss. Peace Be With You, Ms Crane

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