GEORGE E. GREET

1914 - 2017

 

Funeral services for George Greet, 102 year old longtime Ten Sleep area rancher, who passed away Sunday evening, February 5th,  at the home of his son in Buffalo, will be held Tuesday, February 14th at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, with Pastor Richard Stenbakken officiating. Interment will be in the Ten Sleep Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Mr. GreetÕs memory may be made to the Ten Sleep Seventh Day Adventist Church or the Suzie Bowling Lawrence Hospice in Buffalo, care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com

 

George Edgar Greet was born on March 7, 1914 in Rochester, Minnesota to Frank and Edna (Pyle) Greet. He grew up on the family ranch seventeen miles south of Ten Sleep, Wyoming. GeorgeÕs first and second grades were at the Dry Farm School ten miles up the mountain from Big Trails on the Dry Farm Road. During this time he stayed with his motherÕs parents, Edgar Parker Pyle and Mary Electa (Hoback) Pyle. Grandpa Pyle made him skis to go to school, which was about two miles from the Pyle Homestead where they lived at the time. During third grade, George, his sister Marjorie, and their mother, stayed in the Atkinson bunkhouse and later in the cabin on the lower end of the Mills place giving them a place to live during the time they attended the Big Trails School. His fourth grade year he attended the Ainsworth School on the Spring Creek road where the George Greet Ranch turnoff is currently located. That school burned down the very next summer. His fifth through ninth grades were held in the Big Trails Seventh Day Adventist Church School approximately one half mile west of the Ainsworth School. George graduated with his sister, Marjorie Greet, from Campion Academy, a Seventh Day Adventist boarding academy located in Loveland, Colorado, in May of 1936. Following his graduation, George attended Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. George met Geneva Frimml, who was a teacher at the Ten Sleep Seventh Day Adventist School, at a church function. They were later married on May 18, 1938 in Ten Sleep, Wyoming. George and Geneva were married on the G.F.A. Conner property located on First Street and Chinese Elm Alley. After they were married, they lived on the Greet BrotherÕs Ranch until 1972. At this time the brothers split the ranch and George and Geneva moved up to the Ainsworth section of the Greet BrotherÕs Ranch. Geneva passed away on her ninetieth birthday, February 6th, 2007. George continued to live on their ranch until the time of his death, February 5th, 2017.

 

During his life, George served on the Big Trails school board. He was recognized with a distinguished service award from the Nowood Conservation District for his continued service from 1963 to 1988. George received the BLM Rangeland Management Stewardship Award, ÒWorking Together to Improve the RangeÓ, in 1995. He was an active, giving, and longtime member of the Big Trails and Ten Sleep Seventh Day Adventist Churches. George and Geneva opened their hearts to multiple children, community, and family members who needed a home. He was known as a man of few words, but when he spoke, people listened.

 

He is survived by one son, Tom Greet and his wife Linda of Buffalo; one daughter, Bonita Drake and her husband Fred of Ten Sleep; one brother, John Greet of Ten Sleep; one sister, Mary Egbert of Thermopolis, Wyoming; one daughter-in-law, Ruth Greet of Cheyenne; seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edna Greet of Ten Sleep; one sister, Marjorie Smith of Wheatland; two brothers, James Greet of College Place, Washington and Neil Greet of Worland; two sons, Marvin Greet of Ten Sleep and Rodney Greet of Cheyenne; one daughter, Jeannie Jeffers and her husband Jeff of Cody, Wyoming.