LEXINGTON, Ky. - Wendell Max Greer, 82, husband of 50 years to the late Dorothy 'Dottie' Eleanora Brown Greer, passed away Tues. Dec. 3, 2013 at the Hospice Care Center. Mr. Greer was born in Mexico, IN (Miami County).
Survivors are his daughter, Robin Greer; one grandson, Jonathan Greer; a daughter-in-law, Rita Greer, all of Lexington; a sister, Elaine (Edward) Metz, Ft. Wayne, IN; and numerous nieces and nephews in Indiana and Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by a son, David E. Greer; and two brothers, Emerson and David C. Greer.
The Greer family moved around in Indiana during the 1930’s and 1940’s but settled on a farm near South Whitley, IN in 1946. He was active in 4-H and the Future Farmers of America. He was awarded the Hoosier Farmer Degree in 1948. After graduating from high school, he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a Block Operator. When the Korean War broke out, he enlisted in the Navy. He served for eight years (four active) and was honorably discharged as a Petty Officer 1st Class. After discharge from the Navy, he enrolled at Valparaiso Institute of Technology and after graduation he joined the IBM Corporation as a system engineer. After different job assignments with IBM, he joined a circuits design group at IBM in New York. His specialty was Power Conversion circuit development. During this period, he worked on many Navy and Air Force projects. He transferred to IBM Lexington in 1975 and worked there until the plant was sold. He was transferred back to New York where he retired in 1992. He worked for IBM Corporation for 36 years and was an Advisory Engineer (electrical) at his retirement. He was long term member of the United Methodist Church. He was a lifelong railroad buff and was very interested in the history of railroads. He was an active model railroader and received the Master Railroad Award presented by the National Model Railroad Association. He was a member of the National Model Railroad and Bluegrass Railroad Club. He was also a volunteer driver for Meal-On-Wheels and worked on many Habitat for Humanity houses.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Sat. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. by Rev. Chris Howlett. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 pm Fri. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ky & Southern Indiana Chapter, 301 E. Main St., Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40202.
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