Buddy Jack Green

May 3, 2020


A memorial service for Buddy Jack Green, 90, of Coquille will be held at a later date at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Coos Bay.

Buddy was born April 10, 1930 in Huntington Park, California, the youngest of six children to Frank Herbert and Ethel Belle Rodman Green. He passed away May 3, 2020 in Coquille.

As children, Buddy and his sister, Jackie, were tight knit as they looked out for one another. Their father had disappeared in 1933. Their mother let them fend for themselves. They both worked hard and played energetically. They had many stories to tell. During WWII they collected materials for the war effort.

Buddy volunteered as a messenger with access to a bike. Buddy began building with wood and tending animals as a young boy. As an older boy, Buddy and his friends also had freedom to walk, bike, hitchhike, visit the New Pike, or camp on the beach. In middle of his senior year of high school, not yet 18, Buddy decided to join the Navy. The Navy changed Buddy’s life for the good. Some of the older guys encouraged him to get his GED degree, which he did.

Buddy worked at the Long Beach naval shipyard. He apprenticed as a boat builder. He built and rebuilt boats in the Newport area. He worked for his brother-in-law as a carpenter and learned many skills that served him well through his later career building homes in the southern California boom years and throughout his life. Buddy was a union carpenter. He always had work.

Buddy met his first wife, Gloria Sandman, at one of those jobs. The marriage ended, but Buddy and his son Ron stayed together. Buddy met and married Sylvia Horn in 1961. They moved from southern California to the mountains near Weaverville, California in 1970.They built a home from the ground up, even finding a spring for water. Buddy and a neighbor built an access bridge over Brown’s Creek to serve their hamlet.

Buddy and Sylvia loved camping. They fell in love with the Oregon Coast and moved to Bandon in 1990. Together, they once again built another home from the ground up. They RV-d full time for five years. In 2000, they moved to Lakeside and in 2013, Sylvia passed away. She and Buddy were married 53 years.

Buddy met and married Leslie Burrill in 2014 and they moved to Coquille in 2018. He was a seeker of God as a boy. His wife Sylvia and her family brought Buddy into the family of the Lord Jesus Christ. Buddy and Ron were baptized together and at the time of his death, Buddy was worshipping with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Coos Bay.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in Buddy's name be made to benefit children at local public schools, or to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

Buddy leaves behind his wife, Leslie; Ron’s wife, Peggy Green and their son, Robert; Ron’s wife, Sara Green their children, Meghann Green, Marcus Green and his wife, Amanda Green and her son Aiden Pence.

He was preceded in death by his son, Ron; his parents; his 5 siblings, one of whom was a blue baby; his wives Gloria and Sylvia.

Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at


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