Floyd L. Greenwood, 88, Overbrook: Jan. 10, 1930 – March 27, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Floyd L. Greenwood, 88, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook. He was born Jan. 10, 1930, at the Greenwood family farm three miles north of Carlton, Kan., the son of William Greenwood and Lida Viola (Beetch) Greenwood.

Floyd attended Rich Valley grade school in his youth, walking the 3/4-mile walk every day from his childhood home. He then attended Abilene High School, Abilene, Kan., graduating with the class of 1947. He attended Kansas University in 1947, and after his military service he attended Kansas Wesleyan University. In January 1963, Floyd enrolled in the Dallas Institute – Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in February 1964 as salutatorian of the class, and was a member of Pi Sigma Eta, an honorary mortuary fraternity.

During Floyd’s time at KU, he was a member of the Navy ROTC and the high scorer on the rifle range in the Ninth Navel District. In July of 1951, he entered the United States Army and quickly became an expert rifleman while training at Fort Riley, Kan. He then was sent to Ft. Lawton, Wash., while awaiting his overseas shipment, which came in January of 1952 to the army clerk typist school in Eta Jima, Japan. In February 1952, he was assigned to GHQ 8th Army headquarters, Tokyo, Japan, as a typist for radio and cable in the message center. In the spring and summer of 1952, he was sent to detached service to Peace Camp at Munsan Ni, Korea, north of Seoul, to type and work during the peace talks from Pan-Mun-Jom, Korea. He also pitched two no-hit softball games while there. He then became the head typist for the Eighth Army Engineers Headquarters at Paqeui, Korea, and was stationed there until he was shipped back to the states and discharged from his service to our country as a corporal.

Floyd farmed with his father before re-entering college in 1961. After graduation from mortuary school, he was a funeral director and embalmer from 1964 to 1965 for Scott-Brantley Funeral Home, in Norton, Kan. He then worked for Jones Funeral Home, in Waverly, Kan., until 1971. In 1971, Floyd and his family moved to Overbrook, where he operated his funeral home, Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, until his retirement at the age of 80 in 2010. During those years, he also assisted as a funeral director in Baldwin City and Ottawa for Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home. He also sold, set, and lettered cemetery monuments for many years.

Floyd was a member of Overbrook Rotary Club and Kansas Funeral Directors Association. He served the Overbrook community on the Overbrook City Council for two terms, as well as 40 years on the Overbrook Cemetery Board. Floyd was a past commander of the Waverly American Legion Post 119, and a 52-year member of American Legion Post 239 of Overbrook. He was an honorary lifetime member of Jayhawk Model Masters Radio Control Flying Club of Lawrence.

Floyd was a hardworking, dependable, and honest man. He was a skilled craftsman with a pleasant nature and a wonderful sense of humor. He was a master storyteller and always had a good joke to share. He took great pride in his professional work and serving the communities of Overbrook, Baldwin City, and Ottawa.

On Oct. 11, 1954, Floyd was united in marriage to Bonita Joan Gribben in Marienthal, Kan. Bonnie and Floyd celebrated their 63rd year of marriage this past October.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Bonita Greenwood, Overbrook; two daughters, Janet Arnold and her husband, Rocky, Topeka, Kan., Jo Ann Westra and her husband, Jeff, Prairie Village, Kan.; brother, Bob Greenwood and his wife, Judi, Carlton, Kan.; three granddaughters, Jessica Sisco-Peterson and her husband, Stephen, San Francisco, Calif., Evan Arnold, Kansas City, Mo., and Jenna Westra, Vail, Colo.; and a great-grandson, Conrad.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, William L. Greenwood; and son, Steven Greenwood.

Memorial funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, April 9, at Overbrook United Methodist Church, 1005 N. Maple St., Overbrook. Family will greet friends for a visitation 3-5 p.m., Sunday, April 8, at Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, 730 Western Heights Drive, Overbrook.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Overbrook Public Library and sent in care of Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 268, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences can be sent through www.lamb-roberts.com.

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