WESTVILLE – Frank E. “Skeeter” Green, a life-long area resident, community leader and dairy farmer, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, Jan. 6, 2020, at his winter residence in Mesa, Ariz., with his wife, Margaret, by his side. He was 91.
Born Aug. 22, 1928, at Bassett Hospital, he was a son of Ambrose C. and Mildred Ottaway Green. After graduating from Milford High School, Class of 1945, he attended Cornell University, earning a two-year degree in agriculture.
On Sept. 3, 1949, Frank married Margaret Donnelly, a native of Binghamton, in a ceremony in Westville. Skeeter and Maggie settled on his family’s dairy farm, Oak Hill, where they raised their family.
For many years, he was a faithful and dedicated member of the Westville United Methodist Church, where he tended to many of the church’s needs, including playing the organ for Sunday worship services. He was also an active member and Past Master of Cherry Valley Lodge No. 334, Free and Accepted Masons, a member of the Otsego County Republican Committee, school board president for Middlefield School District No. 2, Westville, served as a member on the ASC (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation) Board, served on the Wilber National Bank (Community Bank) board of directors, and was vice president of the Westville Cemetery Association.
He was a man of many talents, including building a lovely home on Arnold Lake – “the camp” – where the Greens summered with their many Arnold Lake friends. He also built three cedar strip canoes and an experimental single engine airplane.
Wintering in Mesa with Maggie, Skeeter was an avid pool player, volunteered on various projects for Habitat for Humanity, and for many years led the weekly hiking group.
Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Margaret “Maggie” Green, of Westville and Mesa, Ariz.; sons, Craig Green (Stephanie) of Hopkinton, N.H., Kevin Green (Cindy) of Rutland, Vt., and Keith Green (Stephanie) of Omaha, Neb.; granddaughter, Kaci Green Nason (Josh); step-grandson, Walter Teer (Jill); and four great grandchildren, Matthew, Thomas, Damon and Karlie. He is further survived by a brother, Ward Green (Carol) of Westville, and a sister, Janis G. Thorn of Manchester, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Donald Kent Thorn, and a cherished nephew, Thomas Bobnick.
A funeral service will be offered later this spring at the Westville United Methodist Church, followed by burial in the Westville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Westville United Methodist Church, c/o Donna-Gene Francis, Treasurer, 1024 State Highway 166, Cooperstown, NY 13326 and the Westville Cemetery Association, c/o Donna-Gene Francis, Treasurer, 1024 State Highway 166, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.