J.W. “Dub” Greer, 81 of Orrick, Mo., died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at the NorthCare Hospice House in North Kansas City, Mo.
Dub was born in Kansas City, Mo., to J.W. Vance and Freida M. Greer. He was a lifelong Ray County and Orrick resident. Dub served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Margie Irene Woods and they celebrated 58 years together before her passing in 2007.
Dub had worked for Ford Motor Company at the Claycomo assembly plant for 31 years, and retired from there in 1988. Earlier, he had been a farmer and had worked for General Motors Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kans., for four years, the Archer Daniels Midland Company dehyderator plant in Orrick and for the W.J. Small Company. Dub and Irene had co-owned several businesses in Orrick which included the Crossroads Store, The Orrick Tavern and a restaurant. They also operated a little gathering spot for the youngsters of Orrick called Teen Town.
Dub loved to garden and work in his yard. He and Irene loved to travel and camp and he enjoyed visiting and helping his family, friends and neighbors. He often put the need of others before himself and was always there for those that needed a helping hand.
Dub was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margie Irene Greer on November 12, 2007 and a son, Rodney Wayne Greer on July 18, 2007.
He is survived by a son, Jerry Greer and wife, Linda, Camden, Mo.; his daughter, Inga King and husband, Larry, Orrick, Mo.; his half sister, Billie Joyce Deal, Kearney, Mo.; brother-in-law, Jack Duncan, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; and niece Jamie Sue Carr, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; grandchildren, Jamie Henrich and husband, Eric, Jenny Stevinson and Jed Blyth, Jeremy Greer and wife, Katy, and Jodi Dugan and husband, Keith; great grandchildren, Harley Parks, Wesley Henrich, Conner Greer, Ross Greer, Tucker Greer, and Claire Dugan. Dub is also survived by his pet cat, Smokey.
The family will greet friends from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2012, with services following at 2 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Burial will follow with full military honors in South Point Cemetery near Orrick. Memorials are suggested to the South Point Cemetery Association or to The American Cancer Society.