OBITUARY

Donald H. Greenhalge

June 3, 1930February 2, 2019

Donald Howard Greenhalge, 88, of Longmont, Colorado passed away peacefully on February 2, of pancreatic cancer at home with his wife Joelean by his side. Don was born on June 3, 1930 to Wendell Howard & Eva Estelle (Nowlen) Greenhalge in Milliken, Colorado. He lived on the family farm until age 5 when his father died. His mother insisted they move to Denver, Colorado to be near her brothers. He grew up in Denver and graduated from East High School. After a few odd jobs, he joined the U.S. Air National Guard in 1950. A few months after he joined, they were activated. He served part of his time at Rapid City Air Force Base working in early warning radar and the next part in Kansas City, Missouri with the ADC Communication Organization. He was discharged in 1953 and served the rest of his four year term at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. He then went to work for Sturgeon Electric Company where he would work for the next 44 years as a Journeyman, Foreman, and Project Manager. He married Alice Joelean Earley, on June 26, 1955. To that union was born a daughter Debra Jo, and sons Scott Howard and Stanley Dee. Don was an active member of the Columbine Lions Service Club for 30 years and collected eyeglasses and delivered magnifying readers to those in need. He and Joelean enjoyed square dancing with the Hix and Chix for 30 years. They were Arizona snowbirds for thirteen years going to Mesa to square dance and golf. Don was a member of First United Methodist Church (Heart of Longmont) since 1978, participating on many committees, and actively working on remodels and handyman days. He also assisted in Habitat for Humanity build days. He was also a member and starter for the Senior Golfers at Sunset Golf Course in Longmont. His hobbies included wood working, an avid coin and stamp collector, helping anyone in need and being a staunch supporter of all Colorado sports teams, but was especially fond of the Denver Broncos. He attended numerous Super Bowls and was so excited to be part of the first win! Don is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joelean, his children Scott and Lynn; Stan and Heather; and one grandson Greg. There is a large extended family left to miss him as well. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Charles and Ken, his daughter Debra, and son-in-law Pat Hansen. Don and his Nowlen family are descendents of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins who traveled on the Mayflower voyager in 1620 and settled in Plymouth Colony on Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts. John was the youngest signer of the Mayflower Compact and last survivor of the Pilgrim band at age 89. Don’s grandson Greg is the 13th generation of the Alden family. A memorial service will be held at the Heart of Longmont United Methodist Church, 350-11th Ave. on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. with a light reception to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart of Longmont UMC in Don’s name. Cremation entrusted to Howe Mortuary and Crematory. Visit www.howemortuary.com to share condolences and memories.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, February 9, 2019
REMEMBERING

Donald H. Greenhalge

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Gordon Yoder

February 9, 2019

Don and Joelean have been good friends for many years; we will certainly miss Don. I have known Don thru church and Lions Club. For the past few weeks I have noticed that Don continued to work on Lions club projects (assistance with glasses, pickup up of used glasses, low vision readers) even though his cancer had been diagnosed as in-operable, and his time was very limited. The limited time remaining for Don was spent serving others; just says a lot about Don.

Gordon Yoder

Neal Wegener

February 7, 2019

Don and Joelean were a huge part of our lives growing up, as they, our parents, and two other couples who knew each other from Trinity United Methodist Church in the 1950's got together faithfully, every month, for nearly 50 years. The wonderful meals, Don's good humor and laughter, their wonderful family -- all memories I will always treasure. Don was a great friend to my dad -- they always had much to talk about in the electrical profession!! I will greatly miss Don. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate a life so well lived -- and your dad's new life with our Savior.

LaaVern Johnson

February 6, 2019

I have known Don & Joleen for years, as well has mother, the Nowlens; they have all been super church members. They square danced wih us at the Red Rock Ramblers in Lyons, Colorado, for many years, and enjoyed dancing with the Hix 'n Chix in Longmont, and in Arizona, where you can dance 14 times a week. Sad to hear of his passing. My brother, Byron McConnell, worked for the Sturgeon Electric and knew Don and sons. With Sympathy. LaVern Johnson 303 823 5925

Robert Askey

February 6, 2019


Now I can no longer talk TO Don Greenhalge; I can only talk ABOUT him and share my grief at losing him to this life.

Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes the water is overwhelming. All we can do is try to learn to swim.

We will miss this man so much every day.

Bob Askey


Allan Trumpler

February 6, 2019

I am indeed sad to hear of Don’s passing. Several years ago I was honored to be included in a Friday Senior Golf foursome by my neighbor, Ned Swaby, which included Jack Moss and Don. I was the “youngster,” and certainly the “amateur” of the group. On Don’s 86th birthday, he shot a birdie on 9, but graciously told me that Joline had had a hole-in-one there on her 80th. Ever the gentleman, he had to defer to her! RIP, Don! I hope there’s a great course in heaven!

Dave & Heidi Thomas

February 5, 2019

Exactly one year (to the day) before we lost Don, we shared a train trip to Glenwood Springs together as a family. Celebrating Mel and Greta Lea's 60th Anniversary would not have been complete without Don and Joelene. Wonderful memories of everyone being happy and healthy, with so much family Love shared.

Margaret Waggoner

February 5, 2019

I'm so sorry for the loss of Don. He was friendly and very nice and very funny at the Senior Golf. He will be missed that's for sure. With deepest Sympathy Micky Waggoner

Karri Smith

February 4, 2019

Don & Jo enjoying a round of golf at Sunset Golf Course. 2017 Longmont Senior Golf Association Crazy Hat Day

Karri Smith

February 4, 2019

Don will be missed at the Longmont Senior Golf Association! He was a dedicated volunteer ambassador and member of our golf league for many years. The attached photo is of me and Don the last day of the 2017 LSGA league: Crazy Hat Day. It was the last day he played with our group and he brought Jo along to enjoy the round with him.
Karri Smith
Longmont Senior Center - Program Assistant
LSGA Coordinator

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