Tom Greenway


October 29, 1932 - July 30, 2021


Tom Greenway, 88, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, July 30, 2021, surrounded by family in the home he was born in. A visitation will be held from 6-8:00 PM Tuesday, August 3, at Bittner Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Services will be at 10:30 AM Wednesday, August 4, at the Downtown Gym in Mt. Vernon. Burial will follow at the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Tom was born October 29th, 1932 to William and Elsie (Swancott) Greenway. He attended Beulah 24 Country School, then graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1950. He was drafted into the Korean War in 1953, stationed in the mountains of northern Japan serving as an instructor for military mountaineering and cold weather training. He married Janice Miller on March 18th, 1956 in Bonilla, SD.  They shared their life with four children on their farm northwest of Mitchell. Tom spent his lifetime on the farm operating a dairy, hog, beef, and crop operation with Janice. There was also a menagerie of other critters on the farm. 

For most of his adult life, Tom was involved in local and state boards or volunteering, doing his part to make the region a better place to live and do business.  Some of these included, the Davison County Commission and Planning and Zoning Board, James River Conservation Sub-District, MRC Rail Authority, and Mt. Vernon Fire District. Tom was a lifetime member of the Mt. Vernon American Legion, longtime 4-H Leader, and member of the Twin Rivers Old Iron Association. He was inducted into Heroes Field at Mt. Vernon in 2018. He was an avid restorer of John Deere two-cylinder tractors. Tom leaves a legacy of a family committed to volunteerism, community involvement, and the support of others.

Tom is survived by his sons, Brad (Peggy) Greenway of Mitchell and Doug (Janet) Greenway of Mitchell; daughter, Lori (Matt) Standafer of Burnsville, MN; daughter-in-law, Julie Greenway of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren: Kelly (Craig) Engelland and children, Reed, Berkeley, Reagan, and Abigail; Jenni (John Baysinger) Greenway and son, Cooper; Chad (Jenni) Greenway and daughters, Maddyn, Beckett, Blakely, and Carsyn; Mandi (Cris) Bietz and children, Nora, Josie, and Leo; Brent (Mollie) Greenway; Nik Schrank; Rebekka Schrank; Cory (Anne) Greenway and daughter, Ivy; Jason (Summer) Greenway; and Justin (Charissa) Greenway. He is also survived by his sister, Lavelle DeKramer and sister-in-law, Cherie Miller.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; parents, William and Elsie; sons, Alan and Brian (in infancy) Greenway; brothers, William Greenway and Giles Greenway; sisters, Gwendolyn Tillotson and Elsie Anthony; mother and father-in-law, Grace and Harry Miller; sisters-in-law, Lilas Greenway and Lillian Greenway; brothers-in-law, Loy Tillotson, Dale DeKramer, and Dean Miller; and many loyal farm dogs, all named ‘Buddy’.

Any memorials will be directed to causes Tom supported.



Tuesday, August 3, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Wednesday, August 4, 2021
10:30 AM
Mt. Vernon Downtown Gym
Mt. Vernon, SD


Mt. Vernon Cemetery
Mt. Vernon, SD

Posted by Roger and Charlene Miedtke on September 3, 2021
We just learned of Tom's passing today September 3, 2021, so sorry to hear as Tom has been a friend sense he purchased a crop dryer from us in 1978 near Fairmont, MN. Through the years we visited Tom and Janice many times, some of those times when my Grandson and I were passing by and he wanted to see Tom and Janice at chore time, to watch them milking in the milking parlor. Tom and Janice once visited us on their way to one of Chad's college football games. We last visited Tom just after Janice's passing and were planning to stop by the middle of September 2021 on our way to Montana. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, Tom was a great guy! !
Posted by Gary Shay on August 10, 2021
Since growing up in the mid 40s while living near the Greenway farm near Mt. Vernon, we had many youthful stories about Tom and his character. He will be surely missed by all you knew him. Best wishes to his family and for sharing Mr. Greenway with us, we will always remember.
Posted by Amos Tidus and families on August 5, 2021
Sorry for your loss .we feel privileged to have known Tom
Posted by Jane & Bob Falk on August 4, 2021
Bob met Tom back in the year when they still had 4-h exchange. Then we came out to South Dakota for our honeymoon back in September 1989. We tried to come out there every other year . We stayed in contact with his son and daughter in law Janet. We always enjoyed our time visiting with Tom always enjoyed his storyhe would share. We will always cherish all the memories ♥. We will miss him
Posted by Terry & Mary Nutter on August 4, 2021
Our condolences to the Greenway families. Tom was a special person that will be missed by all.
Posted by Barbara Croson Colvin on August 3, 2021
I met Tom Greenway 75 years ago when we were freshmen at Mt. Vernon High School in 1946, and have been good friends ever since. It was Tom who always organized class reunions and kept us all in touch until the last few years when he decided that there were too few of us left. But every now and then the phone would ring and it was Tom calling to exchange news of our joys and troubles and entertain each other with a few jokes. His approach to life was an example of befriending the friendless, spreading good cheer and speaking his truth in no uncertain terms, yet never losing sight of how to have fun. May all the Greenways give thanks for their precious Tom and long remember his goodness. .
Posted by Advanced Ag Products on August 2, 2021
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May the memories you cherish help you through the difficult days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kevin Van Beek, owner
Posted by Paul and Cheri Claggett on August 1, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the Greenway Family.
Posted by Glenn and Dani Olsen on August 1, 2021
Sorry to hear about Tom. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Christie Ruml (Descombaz) on August 1, 2021
So sorry for you loss. I remember coming to the farm and getting milk when I was younger.
Posted by Jenny Kotrba on August 1, 2021
I remember years ago going over to Tom's with my father Joe to get milk for our cats. Tom was such a nice guy. My thoughts are with you.
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on July 31, 2021
To Tom’s family. We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man, your Da, and Grandpa. it truly was a honor to know him and call him, friend. God bless you all, we know Janice was waiting to take him home.
Posted by Tammy Frost on July 31, 2021
Growing up next to the Greenway family was a wonderful experience. We were always greeted with Tom’s welcoming smile and Janice’s fantastic food. To the Greenway kids and grandkids Tom was very proud of you all and loved to share your achievements when we would talk. God bless and hang on to the memories, they truly are what get you through the tough day. Hugs to you all!
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on July 31, 2021
So sorry to all of you for this sad loss !! Tom will be missed by everyone that was blessed to know him !! Prayers to all of you in this hard time !!!!
Posted by Stan & Jean Starr on July 31, 2021
Our condolences to your family. You were great neighbors. Always enjoyed talking with Tommie about the love of his old tractors. He will certainly be missed by many.
Posted by Verald and Patty Baysinger on July 31, 2021
So sorry to hear of you loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Kevin Schulz on July 31, 2021
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Dwight & Sharlotte Miller on July 31, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to all the Greenway family. Tom will be greatly missed by many. Our "discussions" about the differences between green and red will also be missed. He was most certainly one of the good guys.
Posted by Rusty and Joyce Weinberg on July 30, 2021
So sorry to hear of Tom as we were just talking about him this evening when we went by on the road passed the House. Our deepest condolences
Posted by Barb (Miller) Cannon and Jack on July 30, 2021
So sorry to hear about Tom. He was a wonderful person. I know you will all miss him a lot.
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