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Hiram Lee Greenwell, 90, of Shelbina, Mo., passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Salt River Community Care in Shelbina.
Hiram was born August 7, 1931, in Shelbina, the son of George Welch and Jessie May (Taylor) Greenwell. He was united in marriage to Patricia “Patti” Berter in Quincy, Ill. on July 21, 1956. She survives.
He is also survived by four sons, Pat Greenwell (Laura), Mike Greenwell (Marcia), Bert Greenwell, and Curt Greenwell (Carrie) all of Shelbina; and six grandchildren, Mallory Beckemeyer (Wes), Mitch Greenwell, Mason Greenwell, Hillary Greenwell, Sandra Greenwell and Leah Caputo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Joan Bierly; and one brother, Carol Greenwell.
Hiram grew up south of Shelbina and graduated from Shelbina High School in 1949. While in school, he played football, basketball and baseball. He entered the University of Missouri in 1949 and was a member of the fraternity, Farmhouse. He also played collegiate level baseball and football. His senior year, the Mizzou baseball team was honored as second place in the nation. After graduating from the university in 1953, he joined the United States Army and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant and deployed to Korea. He later returned home in 1955 and worked in the family business with his parents, where they farmed row crops and raised cattle, American Saddlebred horses, and thoroughbred horses.
Hiram was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shelbina, Knights of Columbus, local bank board and a founding member of the Shelbina Arts Council. In addition, he served on the South Shelby School Board from 1968 to 1975, Hawkins Theater committee, and was a Democrat who served on Governor Joe Teasdale State Ag Advisory Council. He enjoyed singing in the church choir, participating in the Clowns & Criers group and sports. He especially loved playing golf, attending Mizzou football games and watching the St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou athletics.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 6, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shelbina, with Father Bill Peckman as the celebrant. Rosary prayer will precede the mass starting a 9 a.m., followed by visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the church. Burial, with full military honors, will be held in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Shelbina.
Memorials may be made to the Shelby County Senior Center or Neighbors Helping Neighbors.