- July 16, 1930 - January 6, 2014
- Allerton, Iowa
of HAROLD's Passing
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“No nephew or cousin was ever more loved.
1 of 15 | Posted by: Barbara Carter - Donahue, IA
“It was also a pleasure to see and talk to Hal when I returned to Allerton. He was such a vital member of the Allerton Alumni Association. The help...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Ben J. Taylor - Des Moines, IA
“I am so sorry for Jackie's loss.When Harold introduced Jackie at a family reunion, we were in awe of her accent. My sisters and I just looked at her...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Lucille Schlensig(Janice and Charles Carter daughter) - IA
“Hal was an amazing man that was a true joy to be around. He will be greatly missed.
4 of 15 | Posted by: Lynette Watts - Centerville, IA
“Our deepest sympathies to your family and friends.
Polk County Iowa Department of Veteran Affairs
5 of 15 | Posted by: Rebecca Buch - des moines, IA
“I always saw Hal with a smile on his face, and I know this has to be hard on Jackie and the rest of Hal's family. He was always at the church...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Carolyn Hoxton - Iowa City, IA
“I will always remember Hal as Uncle Hal. I have such great memories visiting him and Aunt Jackie while hanging out with their niece, Susan. He and...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Jennifer (Perkins) Olsen - Nevada, IA
“We will treasure the memories of all the great conversations we had with Hal at Lunsford Auto. He was a "regular" of the group of coffee drinkers we...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Galen and Lori Lunsford - IA
“RIP my friend. I will forever remember our chats at the restaurant with the rest of the fellas, especially Harold Dent. Your words of wisdom and the...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: carmen spidle - tempe, AZ
“Hal honey was one of the sweetest person I have ever known him and Jackie brought smiles everywhere they went! The world will not be the same...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mike and Lisa Reece - Cordon, IA
“I had the GREATEST respect for Hal as a person, a colleague, a service office and a fellow veteran. He always had a smile on his face and he would...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Larry Klemesrud - Osage, IA
“As a fellow Veterans Service Officer I always enjoyed visiting with Hal..He was my cousins Veterans Rep and did a wonderful job for Wayne County....Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Dave Reeves - Bloomfield, IA
“I am very sorry for your loss. Hal was a wonderful man, and I enjoyed working with him. He came to my office not too long ago and during our visit,...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Samantha Schaff - Leon, IA
“Sincere Sympathy to you in your loss. As Monroe County Veterans Affairs Director I have had the privilege of knowing Hal for several years, and...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Diane Durian - Albia, IA - Friend
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
15 of 15 | Posted by: Joella Perry - Osceola, IA
Hal was born in Corydon, IA, to Charlie Carl and Leatha Grace Beam Greenlee on July 16, 1930. He died in Allerton at his home on January 6, 2014.
Hal had an interesting and diverse life. After graduating from Allerton High School in 1948, he worked for the John Deere Company in Davenport, IA. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1984 as a Chief Master Sergeant.
His career as an Air Force meteorologist spanned the globe with assignments in England, Greenland, the Philippines, Panama Canal and all over the USA. He worked at the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in the DC area, using his meteorology background as an intelligence analyst. One of his favorite assignments was in Nevada at the infamous Area 51. He always joked that he never saw any little green men while he worked up there! He finished his military career in the Geophysics Lab in Bedford, MA, doing high altitude balloon launches, checking for ozone radiation levels at 200,000 feet.
Hal married Pat Tobin in 1953, and Rickie Lee and Joseph Dean were born to them. In 1976, Hal married Jackie Cook, and he gained two more children - Darrell and Cheryl Cook.
He and Jackie came back to Allerton in 1980 and began a very fulfilling life in Wayne County. Hal joined the Allerton Presbyterian Church in 1981, serving through the years as Elder, Deacon, Trustee and leading the team for the Men's Breakfast.
That same year, he became involved with the fledging Allertonworld Booster Club, presiding over it most of the time. He enjoyed all the community activities and acted in 15 of the 31 plays produced, many times taking leading roles. He and Ron Mastin were known as the "Carpenters Extraordinaire," building play sets from the ground up.
Hal became the "Candy Man" in 1982, developing a business installing candy machines throughout the county. For many years, he delivered Corydon's mail by foot, over a 16-mile route. He loved people and sometimes their dogs. He used to say that he gave the growling, vicious ones treats…before they look off his leg.
For 20 years, he served on the Wayne County Historical Museum board, including 13 of those as president. He was its current president at his death.
Hal was currently the Wayne County Veteran's Affairs Director, a job he held for many years and thoroughly enjoyed. He gained great pleasure in helping others. He will be sorely missed.
He is preceded in death by his parents Charlie and Leatha.
Surviving him is: his wife, Jackie; children: Rick and Lisa, Lusby, MD; Joe and Joanne, Middle River, MD; Darrell and Anne Winslow Cook, Corydon, IA; and Cheryl and Shaw Joyner, Forest Bend, TN. Grandchildren: Kim and Jeff Hemmig; Ashley Greenlee; Chelsea Greenlee and Logan Miller; Michael Greenlee; Jennifer Greenlee and Corey Long; Emily and Ty McNeely; Adam Joyner; Taylor Cook; and Mason Cook. Great-grandchildren: Zack and Zoe Hemmig; Xander Jones; and Blayre Long. Also surviving is his sister Geraldine Greenlee, as well as many cousins, extended family, and loving friends.