On Valentine Day, February 14, some were all smiles while some were a bit more somber as they laid their loved one to rest. Many walked through the doors of First Church of God on Collingwood Blvd. to celebrate the life of IRVING ARTHUR GREEN, A Tuskegee Airmen. Mr. Green was described as being a special child, the oldest of two children. He spent all of his early growing up years in Toledo, attending Gunckel Elementary and Scott High School.
Mr. Green’s legacy began when he was drafted into the Army in 1943 at the age of 18, where his life as an Airmen began. He would go on to serve in World War II with the 477 Bomber Squadron as a Mechanic Engineer and Crew Chief. Friends reported that nothing made him more proud than to be able to serve his country and certainly become a Tuskegee Airman. It was sure that Irving was destined to be a great mechanic, as he grew up working on cars with his uncle. His training afforded him the luxury of working on B25 MITCHELLS and P47 THUNDERBOLTS. His tenure in the Army was during a time of a racially divided America, but he did not see or let the divide stop him from achieving his purpose. He was destined to prove that African American possessed the where with all to “fly planes as well”. Certainly his goal was accomplished. He flew planes.
Mr. Green was honorably discharged from the service of the United States of America at Camp Atterbury, Indiana in 1946. His life was filled with the heart of serving. He worked locally at Doehler Jarvis of Toledo and retired from Chrysler after 30 plus years and went on to continue to give back to his community. He volunteered at the J. Frank Troy Senior Center for many years. His life will always be remembered for his love, devotion, and service to the United States of America, his family, and definitely his community. He married the love of his life , Lydia Marie Williams in 1953; she preceded him in death, along with his parents, sister, sons, and a daughter.
Mr. Irving Arthur Green, we celebrate the life and service that you gave to our country. Your love and commitment to serve will never go unnoticed or recognized by those who love you and you will forever remain in their hearts.
A service of celebration included such songs as Soon and Very Soon, My Soul has been Anchored, and When We All Get To Heaven. Bishop Robert A. Culp was the host and Officiant and the Eulogy was provided by Minister Milo Green of the New Testament Apostolic Church, Kokomo, In. Thank you MR. IRVING ARTHUR GREEN!