December 15, 1933 – September 10, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Ann (Lull) Greenwood; seven children, Kevin Greenwood, Patricia Greenwood, Patrick Greenwood, Thomas Greenwood, Angela (Greenwood) Wilson, Jean K. (Greenwood) Banks and Daniel Greenwood; 22 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Greenwood; and sisters, Shirley (Greenwood) Parkins and Nancy Mapes. He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, James Greenwood.
Richard Eli Greenwood was born in Monroe Township, Madison County to James Merle and Mildred (Stevens) Greenwood. After attending Winterset High School, he enlisted in the Navy and served on a destroyer during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he attended the University of Iowa where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.
He married Jean Ann Lull on Sept. 3, 1955, after returning to Winterset from the Navy. They were married in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winterset. They remained married until Richard passed away.
A talented writer and progressive politico, Richard’s eclectic career included work as a journalist, speech writer, press secretary, researcher, and union representative. He was employed by Iowa U.S. Congressman Neil Smith, Arizona U.S Senator Carl Hayden, the AFL-CIO, The Library of Congress, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He and his family lived in several different locations throughout the United States. After retirement, he and his wife, Jean, put down roots in Iowa City until his death.
Richard Eli Greenwood was laid to rest at North McDonald Cemetery (220 S. 8th Ave., Winterset). A date for Richard’s memorial service is to be announced at a later time.
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