James S. Green

James S. Green

James Stephen Green, age 91 , of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away on Friday, October 16th,  2020,  at Dubuque Specialty Care, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Jim’s life, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with Father Steve Rosonke officiating.  Family and friends of Jim’s are invited to gather one hour prior to the service at the church. Everyone is requested to wear masks and social distance – as best we can.  Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery immediately following the service. Where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Jim’s family.

Jim was born on February 15, 1929, in Cascade, IA, one of nine children to Stephen and Mildred (Herard) Green. He married Dorothea M. Hamel on August 28th, 1951, at St. Patrick’s Church.  They were blessed with 64 wonderful years together before Dorothea was sadly called home ahead of him on May 5, 2016.

Jim attended Loras Academy and graduated from St. Columbkille’s School in 1947.  Jim proudly served as a member of the Army National Guard and was a true patriot who loved his country and flying the American Flag daily.  His 3 favorite days of the year were Veterans Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and his Birthday.

Jim’s claim to fame was owning and operating Green Auto Supply on Central Avenue for 34 years. It was a family owned and operated business which he took great pride in. Knowing that all of his customers knew him as the guy that would not stop until he got them the part they needed, no matter what.


“Love you dad “– “Love you too -sweetie”


Those left to cherish the memories of Jim include,

his children;

Patrick and Mary Sue Green,

Kathy Green,

and Julie and Mike Sullivan;


his grandchildren,

Theresa (Donny) Stephens, Adam Green, Ellen Green, Ryan (Ashley) Hardine, Joseph (Lindsay) Hardine, Megan (fiancé Michael Falkner) Sullivan, Matthew Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan, and Emily (Keith) Charles;


his great-grandchildren,

Ava June Hardine, Calvin Green, Morgan Johnson and Madison Johnson;


his in-laws,

Thomas (Jeanne) Hamel, William (Sharon) Hamel, and William Habel;


along with many nieces, nephews, and extended family, including Richard Esser, Evie (Jerry) Miller, Mary Lou Green.


Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his mother and father in-law, Joseph (Bertha) Hamel; his siblings, Leo J. ”Jay” (Rosie), Clarence “Shorty” (Lorraine), Milt “Moose, Jarlath “Lefty”, Thomas (Shirley),

Mary Habel, Kay (Pat) Petitgout, and Monica Ann; his in-laws, Joanne (Arnold) Kilburg and Shirley Hamel Ford; his nieces, Kelly Habel and Peggy Merfeld; his nephews, Chris Green and Thomas Green; and his extended dear family member, Barbara Esser.


We would like to thank Dubuque Specialty Care for taking care of dad thru this pandemic. They became his adopted family. Feeding, supporting, and humoring him thru these long days…he was their favorite “Dead Dog”. We also would like to thank Dr. Mark Runde and his staff, especially Julie, for their care for dad thru his many medical journeys.  Also, a very special thank you to the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque, who guided us thru dad’s final phase of life.


In honor of Jim’s life and legacy, memorials may be given to The Veterans Freedom Center of Dubuque, or the family.


Online condolences may be left for Jim’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


St. Anthony's Catholic Church
1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
November 7th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Anthony's Catholic Church
1870 St. Ambrose Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
November 7th, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Burial with Military Honors

Mount Calvary Cemetery
1111 Davis Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
November 7th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

8 comments on “James S. Green
  1. Pamela Leytem says:

    I am one who came to care for Mr Green at DBQ Specialty Care and I am one of many there who fell in love with him ❤️ And his many sayings lol but my favorite I will miss was my “hi honey, ok honey” Jim was so special to my dietary department and especially to one cook he adored. If Adam made it, Jim would eat it!! He loved Adam and vise versa and that will be missed but never ever forgotten. God bless you Mr Green and what an honor it has been for our paths to cross. May the otherside have lots of ice cream and Irish music and all the love you can handle. You were and still are loved by us at DBQ Specialty ❤️ And you have the best family that supported and loved us through a very difficult time and hard time and for that we are forever grateful. ❤️

  2. Rick Petitgout says:

    Uncle Jim is and was one of a kind. His passion for family and his Irish Heritage were his heart and soul. It was always enjoyable to sit and chat with him. My only regret was not being able to spend more time but I also embraced the times we had together. Rest easy Jim you will be missed.

  3. Barb Grass-Miller says:

    So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Going to Green’s was one of my favorite trips with my dad. Jim always made you feel welcome and was very helpful and kind. God bless you.

  4. Sr. Bernadine Curoe, SVM says:

    Sr. Bernadine Curoe, SVM, wishes to give her sincere sympathy to Jim Green, his children, and all family members. Sisters of the Visitation extend their sympathy as well. Prayers and blessings.

  5. Ann & Jeff Liddle says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Jims passing.
    He was always the nicest guy, and I remember
    him always working at Green Auto.

    Our sympathy to all the family.
    Ann & Jeff

  6. Chrissi McClain says:

    So sorry for your loss. I used to love going to Green Auto with my Dad. I remember Jim as being a really nice guy. I know my dad respected his knowledge and help as well there.

  7. Bob DeMeester says:

    My Christian Sympathy to your family.

    I have such fond memories of coming to Dubuque as a young engineer and finding Green Auto for all my auto fix-it needs. Jim was always helpful on offering tips for the repair.

    Green Auto became my go-to place until your family sold it. I got to know Pat, Kathy, and Julie as they worked in the store, too, who continued to treat me as a valued customer and friend. What a wonderful family! You have a lot to be proud of.

  8. Joel Heer says:

    I am sorry I did not have the opportunity to come to the services for Mr. Green. There are quite a few connections between the Green family and my own. Personally, I was a regular customer at Green Auto Supply ever since my first car, a 1966 Chevrolet Biscayne. I remember he was disappointed when I bought a used Toyota, tho! He was always so helpful, telling me how to gap the plugs for my Chevy 283, etc,etc. Daughter Kathy was in my class through St. Anthony grade school and Wahlert, I’m sorry I did not get a chance to see her Saturday, always such a nice person. I hope our paths cross around town again. My parents also knew Milt and family, Shorty, Lefty, etc; there was generally a story surrounding a mention of their names….I just wanted to express my condolences, and from my family, and for my parents, who are undoubtedly among those welcoming him into Heaven. It was a wonderful obituary, one to save…

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