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Richard M. Green, Sr.

April 13, 1938 - July 31, 2021

Richard M. Green, Sr., 83, of Middletown, DE, died peacefully at home on Saturday, July 31, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach and farmer.

 A lifelong resident of the Middletown area Richard was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 13, 1938. He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Meyer, in January 1961. Richard graduated from the University of Delaware, where he majored in Agriculture, earned 9 varsity letters in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Richard returned to Middletown High School alma mater to work for 32 years, serving as a librarian, science teacher, agriculture teacher, co-op coordinator, athletic director and coach of numerous sports including track, cross country, and baseball. As head baseball coach for 19 years, he remains the winningest coach in school history. Richard was a 9-time Blue Hen Conference Coach of the Year and 1986 Delaware State Coach of the Year. His teams won 12 conference titles and players included 4 who went on to be drafted professionally.

After his teaching career Richard remained active in baseball, serving as Assistant Coach alongside his son, John, at Howard High School of Technology, Salem Community College and St. Georges Technical High School. He was the first Delaware coach to be named both head and assistant coach of the year and was inducted into the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Delaware Association of Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 2015.

In addition to coaching, Richard was a life-long dairy farmer and in retirement became one of the most prestigious breeders of Red and White Holstein cattle in the world, winning numerous Premier Exhibitor and Breeder banners at the World Dairy Expo. He exhibited four Grand Champions of the Red and White Show at World Dairy Expo with four different cows. Richard twice had the Reserve Grand Champion, several Junior Champions, and 56 class winners that he bred or owned. Even today the “Greelea” farm prefix is in the pedigree of many of the breed’s top individuals across the world.

Richard is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marlene of Middletown, DE; four children, Richard Jr. of Geneva, Switzerland, Victor (Tracy) of Middletown, Julie (Brian) of McLean, VA and John (Meg) of Middletown; and 9 grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 am on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at St. Joseph Parish, 371 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE 19709. Face coverings will be required for all those in attendance not immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine per the Governor of Delaware. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to The Parkinson’s Foundation, by clicking here or to Compassionate Care Hospice, by clicking here.

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47 Condolences for Richard M. Green, Sr.

  • A Man of many talents and achievements. A Life well lived. Sorry for you loss Green Family.

  • John and family, we are so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful father/father-in-law, grandfather. We know his love for baseball will continue on through the work of you, John, and the Next Gen family. God bless you all.
    Rachael Knotts (William)

  • My condolences to the Green family, I will keep you in my prayers. Mr. Green was a great man, coach, & mentor. He did a lot for the M.O.T. community and he will truly be missed.

  • A great role model for me as AD and Coach. Middletown’s loss is heaven’s gain.

  • My sincere condolences to the family. Most importantly was the great character and example showed to all that crossed his path.

  • I have great memories of Mr Green during my time at Middletown. He was my FFA and Horticulture teacher. He was one of the reasons I got my degree in Agriscience Horticulture. He was the nicest, funniest teachers I had. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Fly high Mr Green

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Mr. Green you were a vital inspiration on how I conducted myself as I proceeded in life. Great Man. RIP

  • Mr Green was an amazing man, teacher and coach. Our family admired and treasured our time with him. He told us such wonderful stories about my father in law and for this , we thank him.To the Green family we offer our thoughts and prayers for a genuine kind soul. May he Rest In Peace.
    Susan & Bob Sartin and family

  • He was a great coach and cared deeply for his players!

  • Marlene and family, we are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing.
    We have such fond memories of him through the years.
    He certainly contributed a lot to our community and will surely be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
    Kenny and Nancy

  • My condolences to Marlene and family for the loss of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. May he R.I.P.

  • May You Rest In Peace, Prayers going out to the family.

  • Rest in peace my longtime friend. Our thoughts and prayers go to Marlene and the rest of the family.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. Mr Green was a Great Man. Rest In Peace. God Bless. Willie Gravatt

  • I’m sad to hear of my coach’s passing. Mr. Green was one of my mentors as I played baseball for both him and his father Jack. I have so many fond memories of “coach “. May he rest peacefully

  • RIP MR GREEN

  • My condolences to the Green Family,I worked for Richard at world dairy expo from 2005-2010,without question one of the finest gentlemen I’ve ever had the chance to know and call my friend! Godspeed to you Mr Green,you influenced me greatly,🙏🙏,sincerely Rick Pagel

  • I had Mr. Green, for all my GreenHouse classes, through 1982-1986… I was in the FFA for those years, as well… I am saddened by his loss & wish to convey my deepest condolences to all, who knew & loved him… He was an AWESOME TEACHER… I WAS GLAD TO BE TAUGHT BY HIM… REST IN PEACE, MR. GREEN… GONE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN…

  • Dear Marlene and family….I am deeply saddened to hear of Coach Green’s passing. Coach Green was like a second Dad to me and helped mold and shape me in ways I never thought possible and for that I am forever grateful. I am finding comfort in the fact that he knew how I felt about him.
    He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed by all of us who were lucky enough to have known him.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Kevin Douglas

  • So sorry for your loss he was a great man

  • Our deepest condolences to the Green family. What a genuine legendary man.

  • My condolences to John, Meg, their boys and the entire Green family.

  • Dear Marlene,
    I am so sorry for your loss of your dear husband. I pray God will comfort you and sustain you and bless you.
    Love,
    Judy Walls

  • With Deepest Sympathy and God’s Blessings to Richard’s Family and Friends……Peace…..

  • Worked with Mr Green for several years.Always a sports lover.Very dedicated to the school and students
    sincerest condolences to the family

  • I can not put into words what Mr. Green, meant to me! I along with Larry Guessford were honored to be apart of his Hall of Fame ceremony. Mr. Green was much more to me than a baseball coach! A man of integrity, honesty, caring, and treated everyone with respect. Players loved him so much that people who were not on our team with come to our practices, Mr. Green coached them as if they were apart of our team! He will not only be missed by his family, but also by the community that he loved and served for his entire life!
    Jesse Rodgers

  • God rest Richard’s soul. A very good man. Ann and I send our condolences.

  • The Brown family would like to extend our sincere condolences and prayers for Mrs. Green and the entire Green family. Mr. Green was a very kind and fun man to be around. My two boys, Mike and Adam, worked for him on the farm for many years and what amazing memories (and stories) they have of spending time with him. There was always a laugh when he would call the house and say “this is Richard Green and can I to talk to one of the Brown boys”. We will always have wonderful thoughts of him!

  • Very sorry for your loss. Prayers going out to the family. Mr. Green you will truly be missed.

  • Dear Marlene and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  • Our condolences and prayers to the Green family for your loss.

  • To the Green Family…May You have Peace during this difficult time. Mr. Green was a GREAT MAN!!! He was a True Mentor and He Cared About Everyone. I trust that the memories of his good works will remain in all of our hearts.

    Peace Be With You
    Sylvia C. Todd

  • Wonderful man and great coach will be missed

  • My condolences to the Green family. Getting drafted out of high school for his NABF team, Green Acres, was one of the most meaningful and impactful moments in my baseball career. I was honored to be part of such a talented group and to get to know the Green family as well. It didn’t stop on the diamond as I have to share one of the most fantastic small-world stories you will ever hear. Just as I was about to embark on a two-year teaching experience abroad, I ran into Coach Green at the Bridgeton tournament. He asked what I was up to and with a &[email protected]“-eating grin on my face, I told him I was headed to Cairo, Egypt. Without batting an eyelash, he stoically replied, my eldest son teaches in Cairo… Three days after I landed in the country in August 2000, none other than Rich Green Jr. walks into my classroom wearing a red Green Acres jersey!!! And he drafted me for his Cairo softball team!!! I still pinch myself to see if it was real. It was. And I got to spend some time in Egypt with Coach when he visited Rich for a family function. I thought Delaware was small but this topped the cake. I am very saddened to hear the news of his passing. He was one of the nicest men I have come across and I feel privileged to have been a part of his life. My prayers are with you and your family Coach. In sympathy, Tim Kennedy

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the Green family. Richard Green was a good man, and a great friend. He would give you the shirt off his back. I am so proud of the years I got to spend with him at Middletown. Thank goodness he always put my name in my baseball hat, I would have lost it.

  • Dear Marlene and Family,

    Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I hope that all your loving memories over the years will help you find peace and solace. His welcoming smile was always a joy to see.

    Fondly,
    Debbie Heverin

  • Sending love and prayers for the Green family

  • My condolences to the Green Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • I was so saddened to hear this news, I have the fondest memories of Mr Green from school. He was the kindest spirit and always made me feel I could do anything after a conversation. My deepest condolences to his family as the go through life without him – he was an amazing man for sure.

  • We send our deepest sympathies.

  • Dear Marlene and Family,
    During years living in Middletown, it was inspirational to see the admiration and appreciation the community had for Richard. Kevin shared many wonderful stories of his kindness and mentorship. He leaves a strong legacy as he will be remembered for his kindness and for the many young people he guided and inspired.

  • Marlene and family so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed my conversations with Mr Green. His dry sense of humor made me smile. He will be missed. Hugs and prayers to you all🙏💕💕 Rest in Peace Richard Green🙏🙏

  • Mr.Green will always be remembered for his kindness and his smile. He was a great man. We are so sorry for your loss. God comfort your hearts.👄

  • I am really sorry for your loss. I worked with Richard at Middletown HS for 2 years. He was a wonderful man. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  • Iam sorry for your loss miss Green I love and miss u for in my throughs and prays.

  • To Marlene, we send our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Richard will be missed and remembered by so many of the people he taught and coached in this community. You are in our thoughts and prayers. And may many memories comfort you and your family at this difficult time. Janet and Charlii Miller