Ralph William Greenlee, Jr

Ralph William Greenlee, Jr

Ralph William Greenlee Jr. died February 28. He was 85.

Greenlee was born in Denver, Colorado on May 5, 1933, the only child of Ralph Sr. and Marian. They moved to the Midwest shortly thereafter, eventually settling in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Buchtel High School and attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he was awarded a degree in architecture in 1956. 

He moved to California to start his career in 1958 and met Betty, his wife of more than 59 years. They resided in San Jose for more than a decade, until the family moved to an old farmhouse on a walnut and almond orchard in Gilroy in 1972. In 1977, he took a role in construction management at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he stayed until retiring in 1993.

In retirement, he traveled the world with Betty, enjoyed spending time with his family, going to Giants games. He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church, where he spearheaded major architectural renovations. He was also passionate about trains, loved photography and was an avid sports fan.

Always generous of spirit, patient, loyal and quick-witted, he will be sorely missed by his family, his church and the community.

He is survived by his wife Betty, his children Ray and wife Raylene, Ruth Micheletti and husband Brian, Stuart and wife Ginger, and eight grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held April 6 at 1 p.m. at the Sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore.