David Russell Greener Sr.

December 1, 1940September 5, 2020
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David R. Greener Sr., husband of Adeline Christine Greener, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 5, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family. David was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 1, 1940. He was the son of Albert Phillip and Helen Catherine Hubbell.

Dave Greener was a successful businessman at an early age. He was the youngest Shell owner in his time at the age of 22. He followed in his father’s footsteps of being a mechanic and owning a Shell station. He also served in the Army and was known for his cooking. He met his wife in Detroit and later moved his family to Holland, Michigan to start his legacy. He owned a Shell station on River and Douglas for over 20 years. He became involved in selling cars and eventually opened up his own auto center. Greener’s Auto Center is still a successful business run by his son, David Greener Jr. and his daughter, Susan Greener-Grotenhuis.

In his spare time, he fell in love with Grand Valley University Football and became their equipment manager. He whipped those boys in to shape and traveled with them to 11 championship games. He loved cheering from the sidelines and supporting the players and coaches. David was also an avid woodworker. One of Dave’s biggest claim to fame is the “Greener on the Grill” at Railside Golf Club. He provided a feast for all the golfers on Friday nights displaying his cooking talent on the grill.

He is survived by his wife, Adeline C. Greener of Byron Center, MI; his son, David R. Greener Jr. and his wife, Gina, of Holland, Michigan and their children David R. Greener III, Dacia Breuker and her husband, Jeremy; his daughters Susan Grotenhuis and her husband, Kraig, of West Olive, Michigan and their children Ashley and Tyler; Tammy Arado and her husband, Chad, of Lebanon, New Hampshire and their children Mason and Nolan. He is also survived by his siblings Jerry, Bruce, Bill, and Pam; and 17 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his oldest brother, Ron Greener.

A time to visit with Dave's family will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Cook Funeral Home, 2067 84th St. SW, Byron Center. The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guestbook at

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


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Linda Becksfort-Rycenga

September 15, 2020

Addy, Dave, Susan and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I will remember that smile of his always! May God wrap you in comfort and peace as you navigate this tough road.
Love and Hugs,
Linda Becksfort Rycenga

We live in Arizona now and will be unable to attend visitation or funeral. Please know we’re praying for you.

Barry & Julie Winfree

September 14, 2020

We both knew Dave through our neighbors Gale and Gordon. He was a great guy with a wonderful personality. He will be sorely missed all!

Mike & Michelle Warvel

September 13, 2020

I (we) are so sad to learn of Daves passing. He was such a great sweet man. I will dearly miss him coming in for haircuts. My heart aches for all of you. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.


September 13, 2020

We enjoyed Dave at Railside. He was always ready to joke and laugh. He was a lover of life. He was the type of person that was fun to be around. We will miss your smiling face and enthusiastic personality. Thee are not many that would arrange a basket of eggs to be put under Renee's chair because he thought her laugh sounded like a cackling hen. He provides some good memories. Lee and Renee Lynam

Steve Greener

September 12, 2020

Dave was the person that would take a crumby day into a day filled with laughter, sometimes his barbaric voice would echo in the room but you knew who was talking. In my youth I saw him maybe once or twice a year but as I got older and I moved to Montana Uncle Dave and I rarely chatted. I moved around and married but it would be until my father’s retirement party I showed up as he did as well. His hand enveloped mine, but still his strength and voice was there at my table. I may have grown a few feet but I’ve also grown with words from him, his jokes keep me laughing when at work and settle in the evening. Love you Uncle Dave, keep cooking up there, I’ll be at your table and asking what’s on the griddle today.

GV Chain Crew

September 11, 2020

Dave was fun to be around and always took time to chat with us. He was a good friend with our Dad as they traveled to many championship games and enjoyed many laughs.

May you rest in peace big Dave! God bless to the entire family as you grieve and enjoy memories.

Romans 8:18


September 11, 2020

Dave was such a great friend to me. I was blessed with the opportunity to go back to college and become part of the Grand Valley family and work with Dave for the football team. What a great time to become part of that family.
From the very first day I met Dave I knew we were going to be life long friends. He was more than just a friend he was family and I looked up to him as a father figure.
He was always so proud of his family and bragged about them with good reason. Dave was always there for me as he bailed me out of trouble on more than one occasion. I came to work after class one day and told Dave I was having an issue with my car. After explaining the problem he knew right away what was wrong. He said bring it to my shop tomorrow and I will have it fixed. Unfortunately, I did not even make it home that night because my car caught fire. I immediately called Dave and said Dave I have some good news.and some bad news. The good news is I don't have to bring my car into the shop, but I need a ride home which was an hour and thirty minutes away. With out hesitation he came a picked me up and took me home.
I love you and I will miss you, but I will see you again.

GOD Bless you and your family.

Nanette Gann

September 11, 2020

Dave and family,
We have known you and your Dad for many years!
Please know that you are all in our prayers!
Dennis & Nanette Gann

Zina Smits

September 10, 2020

Sorry to hear of your loss. What a wondrous legacy of love the two of you started as witnessed by the beautiful family you created! May the precious memories you shared sustain you until you meet again.
God Bless, Zina Smits

Dawn Zwiers

September 10, 2020

Addie, Dave, Sue & Tammy,
Deepest sympathies to all of you on your loss. I'll never forget his smile when he was in the office, or the way he always joked with me when he called, even way back to the Shell station. His memories will live on forever.


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