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Obituary - Dean Earl Greeno


November 20, 2018

Dean Greeno

Dean Earl Greeno was born April 15th, 1945, to Walter and Ruth (Kuble) Greeno. He grew up in the small town of Rudyard, Montana, where his family farmed wheat. An avid athlete, Dean played several sports and excelled at basketball, which he played in high school and college. While attending the University of Montana, he discovered his first love, flying airplanes. After graduating with a degree in political science, he pursued his private pilot's license at Harrod's Aviation in Billings, Montana. There he met his first wife, Dona Hicks, who remembers "he had the best smile in the world." In March of 1969, Dean began a long career as a pilot for Northwest Airlines where he flew domestically and internationally for 35 years. Dean retired as a 747 captain - respected by his colleagues as an exceptional pilot.

While at Northwest, Dean met Mary Oesterreicher, a flight attendant with the airline. They married in 1979 and moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Spokane, Washington, in 1984. In Spokane, Dean was a fixture at the local racquet club, where he balanced a busy career by playing tennis and racquetball with friends and club competitors. He also loved cars and built a beautiful classic car collection that he displayed in his "shop." Dean and Mary also spent as much time as they could at Priest Lake in northern Idaho, where they shared a cabin with friends and family for the last 30 years. They retired in the Coeur d'Alene area in 2004.

Dean passed away at home on November 12th.

He is preceded in death by his parents, infant sister, Marie, and brother, Dale.

He is survived by his wife Mary; daughters, Marney (Douglas) Zellers and Mandee (Kurt) Vigesaa; sons, Darren (Leah) Greeno and Mitchell Greeno, as well as six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Dean and his wife Mary, who suffers from late stage Alzheimer's, by donating to the Alzheimer's Association.


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