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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. Douglas Beard on June 24, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    I will remember my brother as a faithful servant of Jehovah who dearly loved his family

  2. Vivian Greenwood Wentworth on June 25, 2020 at 1:58 am

    We will miss you Uncle until we meet again 🙏💔

  3. Lorilyn Coggins on June 25, 2020 at 8:54 am

    Rest In Peace, Uncle Joe. You were an inspiration in your steadfast devotion.

  4. Kenyon and Holly Hall on June 25, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Wishing the family comfort in these rough times we live in. (May the God who gives us hope fill you with all joy and peace by your trusting in him, so that you may abound in hope with power of the holy spirit. Romans 15:13) With sincere condolences. The Hall Family.

  5. Claudia Kortman on June 25, 2020 at 9:21 am

    I remember brother Joe Greenwood fondly from working at the Muskegon KOA together. And playing canasta with him and Martella. I really enjoyed talking to him about Jehovah’s beautiful future for us. Rest In Peace!

  6. Roger and Dianna Stephens on June 25, 2020 at 9:21 am

    So very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful hope we have to be united with Joe, and all those we love in Jehovah’s new world. Our prayers are with you. We love you.

  7. Helen Raya on June 25, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I am so sorry for your loss Martella I know Jehovah loves you and will help you. You are in my prayers
    Love Helen Raya

  8. Ronald and Eunice Rondeau on June 25, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Many fond memories of a very caring, generous and knowledgeable man.. Malachi 3:16,18

  9. Ernie & Tonette Torres on June 25, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the Greenwood family. May Jehovah, the God of all comfort give you strength and comfort you this difficult time. Psalms 94;19

  10. Forrest Locke on June 25, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Your fight here is over. you are sleeping now, but in Jehovah’s memory. Joe we love you and your family. We all take comfort knowing we will see you in the future. Martella, I know you will find comfort in the scriptures

  11. Joshua LaFond on June 25, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Brother Greenwood always showed in interest in me as a young person. He showed in interest in the things I enjoyed and always impressed on me that a life in full time service to Jehovah was the best way one can live. I will miss you my brother, and look forward to seeing you in the new world.

  12. Aleta Thompson on June 25, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    I will miss Joe very much, he was very fun to go out in service with. When and if you needed counsel he was very kind and direct. What you would want in a father….My love and prayers to the whole family during this time of sorrow as we await the end of this system…❤😍😘

  13. Greg phelps on June 26, 2020 at 12:59 am

    T was a real pleasure knowing joe. I have thought about him many times. Until we meet again in gods new system.

  14. Charles Wetzel on June 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss Martella and look forward to seeing Joe in the resurrection on a cleansed earth according to Rev 21:3 and 4. We are remembering you and your family in our prayers. Love you.

  15. Phyllis Rozof on June 26, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss, Aunt Martella. It is a comfort to know that Uncle Joe is resting in God’s loving care.

  16. 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.

  17. 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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