Neil Franklin “Hap” Greet


WORLAND – Neil Franklin “Hap” Greet, 84-year-old Worland resident, died at his home on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 surrounded by his family.
He was born April 12, 1928 in Worland to Frank and Edna Greet.  He was welcomed home by older siblings, George, Marjorie and Bill. His sister, Mary, and brother, John, followed in the two years following his birth. He always said he was the oldest of the second litter of children his folks had.  His early schooling was at the Big Trails School. He spent his high school years at Mt. Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Mont. until he graduated in 1946. He did attend some college but opted to come home to help on the ranch.  He came home to Big Trails where he worked on the ranch with family raising Herefords. There were trail drives to the mountain on horseback, brandings and putting up hay for the winter, as well as all the other work that ranching entails.  He married Marie Jacobs in 1949 and their daughter, Barbara was born in June 1952. The couple later divorced.  Neil married Esther Kivett in 1956 and adopted Marvin and Margaret in late 1962. David was born in December 1968. They divorced in 1970.

Neil lived on the ranch at Crooked Creek for several more years.  He moved to Worland where he worked at the sugar factory for one campaign. He was hired by the Big Horn Canal Company as a ditch rider and later became the superintendent. He retired after nearly 25 years.  Neil and Marjorie Kumpe married in June 1976. Together they made their life in Worland and recently celebrated 36 years of marriage. After retiring from the canal company, Neil often drove Marjorie on her rural mail route until she retired in 2009. They were often seen around town or at Maggie’s for lunch. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Edna Greet; brother, William Greet; and sister, Marjorie Smith.  Neil is survived by his widow, Marjorie; daughters, Barbara Hogeland of Paso Robles, Calif. and Margaret (Nick) Flores of Worland; sons, Marvin of Grants Pass, Oregon and David of Gillette.; sister, Mary Egbert; brothers, George and John; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand nephews; step-children, Hank Kumpe, Bill (Julie) Kumpe, Naomi Simpson and Sue Kumpe; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and many other family members.

The celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Methodist Church in Ten Sleep with Pastor Regan Scherencel officiating. A private family inurnment will take place at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, Wyo. 82401.  Online condolences can be made at  Bryant Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.