Obit: Greenwood, Michael D (1968 – 2009)

Contact: Dolores


Surnames: Greenwood, Gerou, Gaynor, De Avila, Brosseau, Johnson, O’Driscoll, Potvin, Radio, Vogel, Wilson, Steiner


----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI.) September 2, 2009


Greenwood, Michael D (10 July 1968 – 26 August 2009) With Flag


Michael D. Greenwood, 41, of Brooklyn Park, MN, died at his home Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009.


He was born July 10, 1968, in Heidelberg, West Germany, to David George and Dolores “Cathy” (Gerou) Greenwood.


Michael graduated from Grantsburg Senior High School (WI) in 1986.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1990.


He graduated from Officer Candidate School and the navy Nuclear Power School.  He served aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt during Operation Deny Flight, which enforced a no-fly zone over Iraq.  He served in the U. S. Navy from 1990 through 1995.


He was employed as a senior engineer and senior technical instructor-nuclear at the Xcel Energy Plant in Monticello, MN.


Michael was a lifelong learner and an avid reader of a variety of subjects.  He was especially interested in naval history, and he enjoyed working with military-themed models.  His family and friends will remember him for his sense of humor, kindness, intellect and love of children.


Surviving are his parents, Stan and Cathy Gaynor, Merrillan; his brother, Christopher Greenwood, La Crosse; two sisters, Erin (Ricardo) De Avila, Scottsdale, AZ, and Allison Gaynor, Chicago, IL; and his two nieces, Isabella and Lydia De Avila.


His father, David Greenwood, and his paternal and maternal grandparents preceded him in death.


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. John Steiner, followed by military honors, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Black River Falls.  Michael’s final resting place will be in St. Edward’s Cemetery in Drayton, ND.  Relatives and friends called at Torgerson’s Funeral Home (715-284-4321), Black River Falls Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and at the church Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.  There was a prayer service at the funeral home Sunday at 4 p.m.


The family prefers memorials be given to the American Heart Association for heart disease research.


Pallbearers will be: Tony Brosseau, Dean Gerou, Peter Johnson, Kevin O’Driscoll, Garrett Potvin, Roger Radio, Ben Vogel and Boyd Wilson.



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