Dennis H. Green, 72|
H. Green, 72, of West Bend joined his wife, Doris G. (nee Pearson) of 51
years, in heaven Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Kathy Hospice. He was born
July 16, 1940, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to Harold F. and Agnus (nee
Dennis is survived by his three children: Harold of Salt Lake City,
Hilary (Tim) McGuire of West Bend and Justin (Wendy) of Virginia; his
daughter-in-law Anna Green of Arvada, Colo.; seven grandchildren:
Sherina (Jerry) Gold, Dennis Green, Joshua (Rachel) Green, Hope Green,
Faith Green and Joseph Green; and two great-grandchildren: Noah Gold and
Olivia Green. He is further survived by two siblings: Gary (Jeanine)
Green and Sally (Jim) Cooley, and other relatives and friends.
Dennis started working in the Alberta oil fields at the age of 14,
earning the “driller” position by the age of 18. At the age of 17, he
said he almost froze to death in the oil fields, drilling in conditions
30 degrees below zero. Perhaps that was the impetus he needed to head
south to Golden, Colo., where he landed a job as a pipe fitter and
mechanic for the railroad and met his wife, Doris, who he married July
21, 1961. Dennis worked with his father-in-law at the railroad for 10
years and then left to join his friend from Canada who started a mining
company called Harrison Western for the next 35 years.
At Harrison Western, Dennis concentrated his efforts on the design and
construction of various hydroelectric, industrial and mining projects
culminating in 50 miles of underground tunneling. While there, he set
North American shaft-sinking records and introduced earth pressure
balance technology to the United States tunneling industry.
Dennis later shifted his efforts to address the growing need for
mine-water remediation, which culminated in numerous water treatment
techniques enabling heavy industrial mining operations to discharge
water exceeding drinking water standards. One of the more extraordinary
techniques developed uses the ionic qualities of encapsulated peat moss
to extract gold, copper, arsenic, mercury and other heavy metals.
Another technique used engineered membrane separation to selectively
remove various waste stream contaminants. While this work resulted with
the award of 21 patents, it was not until the last years of his career
when orders for water treatment systems began to materialize.
One of the first breakthroughs occurred after Dennis, in his 60s
demonstrated a pilot plant in the high mountains of Peru (13,000 feet)
at one of the worlds largest gold mine (Yanacocha Gold Mine.) Returning
with an order in hand, his next challenge was constructing the
large-scale system in Colorado, transporting it via rail, ship and air
to the mountains of Peru, then overseeing the final assembly. With the
world’s largest gold mine on the client list, mine-owners around the
world began to show interest. However, at this time, due to health
concerns Dennis had to retire.
Despite all of Dennis’ great professional accomplishment, he remained a
quiet and humble man who loved the Lord and was devoted to the welfare
of his wife and family. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 27,
2013, at Pleasant View Cemetery in Logan, Kan.
A special thank you to Dr. Muhammad Mian and the Hartford Hospital for
excellent medical care; and Lisa Perkins, Joanna Narwold, Marissa
McDonald, and Tim McGuire for the loving care and provisions which
allowed Dennis to enjoy his latter years in life.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online
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