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Buck Greene

December 24, 2023
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Buck Greene Obituary

Buck Greene, 66, of Richland, OR, died December 24, 2023 at his home. A Celebration of Buck's Life will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2023 - 12;30 p.m. at the New Bridge Grange.  Arrangements are under the direction of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Online condolences can be shared at

Our dearly beloved Ralph Franklin Greene, 66, of Richland, Oregon, who we all love and know as “Buck Greene”, was called by our dear heavenly father on December 24, 2023..A Celebration in Memory of Buck was held on Sunday, January 21, 2023 at the New Bridge Grange.

Buck was born on December 8, 1957 at the Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon to Mr. Gordan Greene and Mrs. Betty Greene. Both were so elated that their first born together was a healthy baby boy!

Buck attended Paisley grade school 1st – 3rd. At age 8, Buck was Baptized at Trinity Episcopal Church in Sandy, Oregon where is grandfather, Paul Greene and grandmother Edith Greene became his Godparents. Buck was definitely the apple of their eye.

The Greene family moved to Redmond, Oregon when Buck was in the 4th grade. All through elementary and JR High School, Buck played baseball, basketball and football. Buck then attended Redmond High School graduating in the class of 1976.  Buck entertained the Rodeo world and rode bulls for Redmond High Rodeo Team. He also met his high school sweetheart, Donna and the two married and had Michelle just out of school.

Buck was no stranger to the word “work”!  Throughout his JR High and High School years, he mowed lawns, worked beside his dad at GOR-BET Industries, Gordy’s Drive-In, Small Sales and Repair, Cove General Store, Cove Gas and Grocery store that his parents owned and operated.   Buck was also very handy with a chainsaw and helped his dad log, build homes and do general construction work.

Growing up, Buck was taught a lot about the outdoors from his father and grandfather’s. Buck’s mom, Betty was no stranger with a rifle either! Hunting, fishing, fly fishing and camping- was a normal affair for the Greene’s.

Buck lived and breathed for the outdoors. Many stories and lots of friendships made while out in the woods hunting. Buck was an avid bow hunter; he would rather hunt and kill an elk with his bow than a rifle. He spent countless days in the Fall and Spring months bringing in salt and minerals and building his blinds in his “Sweet” spots; as he called them!

Buck really cherished taking each of his kids at a very young age either hunting or fishing with him.  He loved to experience the outdoors with them and watch their eyes light up when they caught a fish.

Buck fathered five kids- all separate mothers. Michelle was born in 1976, Nicole in 1981, Ryan in 1986, Tanner in 1992 and Hannah in 1999. He loved each and every one of them with all his heart!

In 1984, Buck moved to LaGrande and started his career with the State of Oregon, working for ODOT in Highway Maintenance Department.  He worked hard for a lot of years and after 32 years, he retired.

In the late 80’s, he also was a member of the Imbler Fire Department. There really wasn’t much Buck couldn’t do, especially with hauling and operating heavy equipment. He loved it about as much as he loved hunting and fishing….ALMOST!!! ���

Buck had a passion not too many people knew about, oh heck- who am I kidding!! EVERYONE knew that buck could grow a mean garden. His green thumb was top notch and he knew his way around canning too! His mom and dad always had a garden and grew everything you could possibly grow and can. Buck learned from the best and many of times he entered his garden growth of veggies in the county fair or his strawberry rhubarb pie that he loved so much would win a blue ribbon every time!! Hand watering his garden and talking to neighbors in the Evening was his way of relaxing!

Buck was raised with six sisters. YES, 6!!! Lydia and Lynda were his dads first two with his first wife. After he married Betty, they had Buck, Teresa, the twins- Rindy and Cindy and then came Debbie. Big family, but they were all very close and stayed active with the outdoor lifestyle.

As you all know Buck was very much a people person and never met a stranger.  Buck always greeted everyone with a Big ‘Ol smile making people that came into his life feel important.  His energy and enthusiasm was infectious, making people around him have a more positive outlook on life or challenges they faced.  As we say Goodbye to our Father, Brother, Son, Friend and Loved One, Buck would want us all to leave with smiles of having known him and that he was able to tell you a story at some point in his life about all his BIG FISH.  Happy Fishing Buck, hook a big one!!



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A Celebration Of Life
January 21, 2024

12:30 PM
New Bridge Grange

Richland, Oregon 97870


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