Winfield R. Green

Winfield R. Green
born October 25, 1915, in Dayton, Illinois
died November 10, 1987, in Wayne township, Du Page county, Illinois

Obituaries:

Winfield Green
1915-1987

Winfield “Win” Green, 72, former sportswriter for The Daily Times, died Tuesday at his home in Wayne Township, north of West Chicago.

Mr. Green was born on Oct. 25, 1915, in Dayton Township, to Alfred Ernest and Sarah E. (Olmstead) Green. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Resurrection Catholic Church, Army Trail Road and Illinois route 59, in Wayne. Burial will be in Dayton’s Pioneer Cemetery where the Ottawa American Legion Post will conduct a military service at 2:30 p.m. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Woodward Funeral Home at Illinois route 59 and Pine Street in West Chicago.

Mr. Green was a member of the Anti-Superstition Society whose members meet whenever there is a Friday the 13th.

At the time of his death, he was president of the 58-year-old public relations firm of Mayer and O’Brien on Michigan Avenue. He began his professional career as a sportswriter for The Daily Times, also worked for the Pittsburgh Press, and as a business writer for the Chicago Daily News. He was later affiliated with the Turner Advertising Agency as director of financial public relations; served as vice president of Selvage and Lee Inc., also a Chicago-based public relations firm and was senior vice president of the Financial Relations Board Inc., for 14 years. He assumed ownership of Mayer and O’Brien upon the death of Howard G. Mayer two years ago.

He served in the Army during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in New Guinea and received a battlefield commission in the Philippines.

Mr. Green had been chairman of the Wayne Township Democratic Organization since 1972 and was former vice chairman of the Du Page Democrats and a minority member of the Du Page County Board of Review. He co-founded the Sound Dollar Committee in which he had been Midwest chairman.

He is survived by his wife, CeCe; a son Matthew and a daughter, Julia.1

Winfield Green, public relations exec, war hero

Mass for Winfield “Win” Green, 72, public relations executive, war hero and newspaper veteran, will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday in Resurrection Catholic Church, Army Trail Road and Ill. Hwy. 59, in Wayne. Mr. Green, who lived on a small horse-farm in Wayne Township north of West Chicago, died Tuesday in his home. After Saturday’s mass, Ottawa American Legion Post 300 will conduct a military service at 2:30 p.m. in Dayton’s pioneer cemetery, where Mr. Green’s forebears are also buried.

Mr. Green was a member of the Anti-Superstition Society, whose members meet whenever there is a Friday the 13th to break mirrors, walk under ladders, spill salt and otherwise defy superstition. His wake will be held this Friday the 13th from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the chapel at Hwy. 59 and Pine Street in West Chicago.

At the time of his death, Mr. Green was president of the 58-year-old public relations firm of Mayer and O’Brien Inc., 333 N. Michigan Ave. Mr. Green began his professional career as a sportswriter for the Ottawa (Ill.) Daily Times. He also worked for the Pittsburgh Press and as a business writer for the Chicago Daily News. He was later affiliated with the Turner Advertising Agency as director of financial public relations; served as vice president of Selvage & Lee, Inc., also a Chicago-based public relations firm; and spent 14 years as senior vice president of the Financial Relations Board, Inc. He assumed ownership of Mayer and O’Brien upon the death of Howard G. Mayer two years ago.

An army infantryman during World War II, Mr. Green was awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in New Guinea and received a battlefield commission in the Philippines.

Mr. Green had been chairman of the Wayne Township Democratic Organization since 1972 and was former vice chairman of the Du Page Democrats. He also was in recent years a minority member of the Du Page County Board of Review. He was most proud of having been Midwest chairman of the Sound Dollar Committee, which he co-founded. The committee produced a public relations campaign that led to a balanced federal budget during President Dwight Eisenhower’s administration.

He is survived by his wife, CeCe, who formerly worked in the New York Daily News Chicago office and who succeeds him as president of Mayer and O’Brien; a son, Matthew; and a daughter, Julia.2

Winfield R Green, tombstone


1. The [Ottawa, Illinois] Daily Times, November 12, 1987
2. Chicago Tribune, November 12, 1987

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