Lawrence D Green, Sr. was born in Pemberton, W. Virginia on July 7, 1936. He was raised by his mother in Philadelphia. At 17, he joined the United States Air Force and served four years as an airplane mechanic. While stationed at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, he met his wife, Freda DeBoer. They were married in 1958 and had two sons, Lawrence Jr. “Butch” and Charles “Chuckie” Green. He and Freda made their home in Ripon, CA where he worked as a mechanic for DeBoer Trucking.
Larry and family members created New Highway Carriers, a trucking company based in Ripon. During this time, Larry and Freda also bought an almond ranch off of Carrolton Road. Larry soon discovered his love for golf and decided to move out of Ripon and live next to the golf course in Oakdale, CA. He and his wife enjoyed countless games of golf and made lifelong friends at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
Larry affectionately became known as Papa to not only his grandchildren and their friends, but also to his friends. His kind and generous spirit was well known among the community. He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren and teaching them his love of waterskiing, fishing and golf. Larry and Freda enjoyed traveling to places like Mexico and Australia. In Larry’s later years he frequented Kerr Park with his beloved dog, Daisy.
Larry is survived by his wife, Freda and his four grandchildren, Zachary (Sarah), Melissa (Jody), Veronica and Amber (Derek) and seven great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his two sons, Butch and Chuckie Green. Larry was a generous man and always made donations to charitable organizations. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Larry’s favorite charities: St. Jude’s or Shriners.
Services will be held for Larry and Deegan Ripon Memorial Chapel on Thursday, August 29 at 1:00 PM with a reception to follow at Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
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