Couple was heading to family reunion

From staff reports

Wallace and Millicent Greene were on their way to a family reunion Saturday morning when their car collided with a semi truck authorities say ran a stop sign.

Now, family members will gather Friday for a joint funeral service for the Dodge Center couple who celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in January.

"They were just a very tender couple and very proud of the fact that they had been able to live together, to be married for those years," said Diann Greene, a daughter-in-law.

The couple married in January 1936, just four years after Wallace and his family moved to Dodge Center from Arkansas, arriving after a 30-day trip in a rubber-tired wagon pulled by a team of horses.


They lived and worked in the Dodge Center area the rest of their lives.

Wallace, 91, was an insurance salesman for many years and later worked as a salesman for Greene Doors and Hardware Inc. in Dodge Center -- a position he held at the time of his death. His hobbies included making miniature harnesses for display horses and hitching them to wagons he fixed.

Millicent, 89, once worked as a patient care assistant in the local nursing home and later worked in peoples' homes, taking care of the elderly.

Olmsted County sheriff's Capt. Mark Erickson said the couple, along with Wallace's brother, Clare Lewis Greene, 89, were on their way to a family reunion when their car collided with the semi at a rural county intersection Saturday morning.

The accident remains under investigation, but Erickson said the truck driver ran the stop sign and that the Greenes had the right of way.

Erickson said James Story Jones, 35, of Littleton, Colo., was southbound on Olmsted County 11 and was lost. He said Jones' wife, Alicia, was looking at a map, and he didn't see the stop sign.

Millicent Mary Greene, a backseat passenger, was killed instantly. Wallace, the driver of the car, was flown to Saint Marys Hospital and was dead on arrival. Clare Greene, a front-seat passenger, also was flown to Saint Marys. He was listed in good condition today, according to a Mayo Clinic spokeswoman.

The Rochester/Olmsted County forensic mapping unit and a commercial vehicle inspector are investigating.


A joint funeral for the couple will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Praise Fellowship Church in Dodge Center.

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