Larry Joseph Greene, 86, peacefully passed away late Tuesday evening on July 19, 2022. A longtime resident of Camarillo, Larry was born in Salina, Kansas, to Joseph Howard Greene and Loretta Shipley Greene on April 5th 1936.
Larry graduated Beverly Rural High School and went on to attend Kansas State Agriculture Colleges (now known as Kansas State University) He graduated, in 1959, with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture and, like his father, Larry was a member of Alpha Gamma RHO Fraternity.
After college, Larry served in the United States Army 3rd Division Communications in Bamberg, Germany. After being honorably discharged from the service in Topeka, Kansas, Larry headed West to California to pursue his dreams of a floral career. In 1968, he opened Oxnard City Florist and planted roots in Ventura County.
In 1970, Larry put single life behind him when he married his love, Deonne “DeDe” Daily, daughter of a prominent farming family from the Oxnard and Camarillo area. The couple lived in Oxnard for a number of years before moving to their present home in Las Posas Estates in Camarillo. Larry continued to grow and operate their successful flower business in which Larry was a charter member of the American Institute of Floral Designers. In the year 2000, he was honored and granted a permanent lifetime membership in the international organization before his retirement in 2002.
He was a member of various social clubs and organizations including a founding member of the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club, The Oxnard Tower Club, Spanish Hills Country Club, and Las Posas Country Club. During his retirement, Larry also donated his time as a volunteer to his local church and hospital delivering hot meals to those in need.
Larry loved to travel, read books, and create in his kitchen; he spent time in the garden with his trusted puppy, Megan, and sent weekly correspondence and jokes to his many friends and family on his computer.
Larry is preceded in death by the love of his life, and partner in crime, Deonne “DeDe” Greene. He leaves behind six nieces and nephews: some in Southern California, some in Arizona. He is also survived by his brother Ron and wife, Cindy McCosh, and family in Beverly, Kansas. Ron and his son, Rodney, still own and operate the original fourth-generation family farm where Larry was raised.
What a life and legacy for a small-town farm boy from Beverly, Kansas!
Graveside service will be held Thursday, July 28th, 2022, at 1:00 PM at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 5400 Valentine Rd, Ventura, Ca 93003.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Griffin Family Funeral Chapels, 1075 E. Daily Drive, Camarillo, Ca 93010.