A memorial service celebrating the life of George James “Jim” Greathouse, 89, New Albany, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Floyds Knobs. He died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services.
He was born Jan. 22, 1925 in Rupert, Idaho, to Hugh Greathouse and Margaret Blessing Greathouse. He was the oldest of five children and grew up in Port Washington, Wis. He was a 1942 graduate of Port Washington High School and soon enlisted in the Navy. During the war, he proudly served his country on the LST during the invasion of Sicily, Italy and in Southern France.
After serving his country he attended the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. While there he met and married Lucy May Chappell, his beloved wife of 63 years. They raised three children together, James Allen “Jay” Greathouse and his wife, Liz O’Garvey, Hawaii, Janet Kay Greathosue, New Mexico, and John Robert Greathosue and his wife, Brenda, Indiana. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by two grandchildren, Margaret Greathosue Burns, Chicago, and Allen Greathouse Burns, New Mexico; a sister, Carol Duff, North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Hugh Jr. “Pete”, Allen and John Jacob Greathouse.
He was a lifetime member of New Albany Elks Lodge 270 and served two terms as its exalted ruler. He was also president of the New Albany Kiwanis Club from 1977 to 1978.
He bequeathed his body to the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Memorial contributions may by made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Hwy. 150, Floyds Knobs, or a favorite charity.