Charles J. (Jerry) Greene, 72, a retired chief of the Washington bureau of the New York Daily News, died of cancer July 16 at a hospital in Sun City Center, Fla. A former Washington resident, he had lived in Trinity Lakes, Fla., for the past eight years.

Mr. Greene joined the Daily News as a reporter in its Washington bureau in 1945. He later wrote a thrice-weekly column and was military affairs editor of the paper. He was bureau chief for six years before retiring in 1975.

He was a 1929 graduate of Hendrix College in his native Conway, Ark. He was a reporter with the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock for five years before moving to Washington in 1935 and joining the Associated Press.

Mr. Greene became a reporter with the Chicago Daily News in Chicago in 1936 and later edited three detective magazines in New York City. He returned here in 1941 to join the Washington bureau of Time magazine.

He was a major in the Marine Corps in in World War II and was an intelligence officer in the Central Pacific. He retired from the Marine Reserves as a colonel.

He was a member of the Gridiron Club.

Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Trinity Lakes, and a stepsister, Katherine Whatley of Junaleska, N.C.