Dwight Dale Greene, 62, worked at Armstrong, hockey fan, model rocket enthusiast

By on February 15, 2017

Dwight Dale Greene, 62, of Elizabethtown, passed away unexpectedly, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017.

Dale was born June 15, 1954, in Lancaster to the late D. Paul and Margaret (Garner) Greene.

He lived in Elizabethtown most of his life, graduating from Elizabethtown Area High School in 1972 and attending Elizabethtown College.

Dale was employed at Armstrong Ceiling Plant in Marietta from 1973 to 1994; Sears from 1994 to 2002; Wyeth Laboratories in 2002; and Graham Packaging in York from 2003 to the present.

He enjoyed watching hockey, especially the Hershey Bears and the Philadelphia Flyers, Penn State football; and was an avid model rocket enthusiast. He joined the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) in the 1960s; was a charter member of the Southern Pennsylvania Area Association of Rocketry No. 503 (SPAAR), founded in 1988, also serving as president for more than 15 years (only recently stepping down). He traveled across the country to seminars and competitions, becoming a nationally recognized name. He was an advocate of Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and enjoyed mentoring local high school clubs, Boy Scouts, and science clubs, including a Penn Manor team which won a TARC National competition five years ago and went on to win the International competition.

He was known as quiet and patient, but with a wry, skewed sense of humor that friends and family enjoyed.

Dale is survived by a sister: Carol, wife of Dennis Reitz, of Herndon; three brothers: Byron Greene of Aurora, Colo.; Kevin, husband of Kelly Greene; and Tim Greene, both of Elizabethtown; two nephews: Richard, husband of Sherry Greene, of Aberdeen, Md.; Isaac, husband of Kelly Greene; and a niece: Sarah, wife of Eric Miller, both of Elizabethtown.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m., at the Stradling Funeral Home, 30 N. Ninth St., Akron. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Dale’s memory may be made to Southern Pennsylvania Area Association of Rocketry No. 503 (SPAAR), c/o Larry Gerlach, 25 Brusen Drive, Lititz, PA 17543-8645.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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