Ronald Leslie Green, 79, milkman, supervisor

December 06, 2004

Ronald Leslie Green, a milkman and supervisor for a quarter century at Koontz Creamery who spent his post-retirement years driving cars throughout the East Coast, died Wednesday of heart disease at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Finksburg resident was 79.

Mr. Green was born in Darlington. A child of the Depression, he had an eighth-grade education.

During World War II, Mr. Green served in the merchant marine aboard ships mostly in the English Channel from 1943 to 1945.

He married Ruth Schmidt in January 1947.

Mr. Green worked at a variety of jobs until settling with Koontz Creamery, where he worked for 25 years as a milkman and then as a supervisor. He retired in 1977.

He then worked as a salesman for Sun Electric Corp. in Beltsville for five years, said his eldest daughter, Patricia A. Nottingham of Ocean City. "He never fully retired," she said.

Until a few days before his death, Mr. Green was still driving cars for the Jeff Barnes Chevrolet dealership in Sykesville. He was assigned to exchange cars with other dealers on the East Coast, although he once drove as far as Little Rock, Ark., his daughter said.

Mrs. Nottingham said that her father also kept busy around his house, which is adorned with wooden shelves, cabinets and tables he made.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Deer Park United Methodist Church, 2205 Sykesville Road, Smallwood.

Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Deborah Lynn Kendall of Waterbury, Conn.; two sons, Ronald Edward Green of Longmont, Colo., and Robert Leslie Green of Finksburg; a brother, Harry F. Green of Westminster; a sister, Irene Lash of Catonsville; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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