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You will call, and I will answer…  Job 14:15

Joseph Harlan Greenwood, age 88, of Greenville, Michigan, formerly of Alma, Michigan, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020.

The son of Eugene and Edith Pearl (Owen) Greenwood, he was born on August 4, 1931, in Alma, Michigan. Following his graduation from high school, he worked as an accounting clerk at North Star Gravel Company until entering the United States Army, where he served stateside during the Korean War.

After his discharge, he began as a clerk with the United States Postal Service and served many years as Postmaster at Sumner, Michigan. Joe retired as a Postal Systems Examiner at Lansing, Michigan after over 30 years of service.

On July 20, 1963, in St  Johns, Michigan, he married Martella Leigh Sturgis. Together they enjoyed nearly 57 years of marriage and raised three children.  Joe dearly loved his wife Martella. Their courtship took place by letter writing. He saved every letter she wrote him. He loved to sing and would often wake his children with song. He enjoyed doing amateur (ham) radio with his son, Jonathan.  Joe most enjoyed spending time with family and friends and teaching truths from God’s Word the Bible. He was a baptized Jehovah’s Witness and familiar with the thought at Ecclesiastes 9:5 which says, “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all.”

He recognized that throughout the Bible death is likened to sleep. Jesus Christ himself referred to death as sleep at John 11:11-14. These Bible truths helped Joseph to see that death is more or less like sleep, awaiting on Jehovah God to awaken you. He took comfort in the words of Psalms 37:11, “The meek will possess the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. ” Also, the hope at Psalms 37:29, “The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.”

Now Joseph awaits the time of resurrection to be reunited with family and friends, right here on earth.

Joseph was the youngest of seven children. He was preceded in death by his parents (Eugene and Edith), five brothers (Vachel, Howard, Gene, Roy, and George) and one sister (Florence).

Surviving are his wife, Martella Greenwood of Greenville, Michigan; their children, Jonathan (Kristine) Greenwood of Sault Saint Marie, Michigan; Joanna (Steve) Willison of Lakeview, Michigan; Suzette (Rory) Regina of Vestaburg, Michigan; grandchildren, Keith Greenwood of Wallkill, New York; Nicholas (Kaleigh) Greenwood of Greenville, Michigan; Chyna (Cillian) Darlington of Kilmurry, Ireland; Chase Regina of Vestaburg, Michigan.

The family wishes to thank everyone for their loving support. We look forward to the time when “death will be no more” Revelation 21:4, and when “those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up” Daniel 12:2.

Honoring his wishes, no service will be held. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joseph’s online guest book or to share a favorite memory visit:


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  1. Lea Anderson on June 28, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Dear Martella and Family,
    Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers right now. May Jehovah fortify you and wrap His arms around you holding you ever close. Looking forward to seeing our dear brother again soon in the new world to come.
    Love you.

  2. Katrina Larabel on June 29, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Many hugs and loving thoughts and keeping all of you in our prayers. Paradise is “just around the corner”🎵🎶🎼

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