Joseph Vincent Green was born to the late Bernard and Susanna Dunn Kain Green on Jan. 26, 1925, at home in Grand Mound. He was raised in Grand Mound and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He married Betty Farmer Hart on Aug. 4, 1951; later, he married Joan Elliott on July 16, 1982, who predeceased him Jan. 12, 2016. Joseph owned Green’s Jewelry in Oxford Junction until the early 60s. He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 24 years, retiring in 1980.
Many may have known him as the man who made $1 bill rings and gave them away wherever his travels took him. A lover of stories, riddles and jokes, he derived great pleasure in making people laugh and smile.
Surviving are four children, Ramona Sue (Stephen) Henn of Whitehouse, Ohio, Kathleen (Michael) Green of Houston, Texas, Joseph Nystrom of Oak Harbor, Ohio, and Todd (Sara) Green of Rochester, Minnesota; two stepdaughters, Chris (Dennis) Glover and Coe (Dennis) Molumby; a stepson, Gregory Hart; 15 grandchildren, Sarah (Michael) Gillespie, Emily (Nick) Porter, Jamie (Lisa) Green, Ericka (Robert) Hodge, David Green, Michael (Stephanie Chalmers Cronin) Green, Shaun (Lori) Nystrom, Beau (Johanna) Nystrom, Ryan Nystrom, Tiffany Nystrom, Justin (Andrea) Nystrom, Jessica (Cory Bober) Nystrom, Leah Green, Troy Green and Caden Green; 23 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Grace Kinney of Grand Mound, Frances Burke of DeWitt, and Sister Ida Mae Green, OSF of Tinley Park, Illinois; a brother, Frank Green of Fort Myers, Florida; and in-laws, Monica Green, Arlene Green, Janice (Bob) Carson and John (Cheryl) Elliott.
Also predeceasing Joe were a son, Bernard W. Nystrom; a grandson, Adam Green; two brothers, Howard Green and Harold Green; a half-brother, Leo Green; and in-laws Robert Burke, Clarence Kinney and Dora Green.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, June 28,and at Schultz Funeral Home in Grand Mound from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday. A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Saints Philip and James Catholic Church in Grand Mound, with the Rev. Fr. Francis Odoom officiating. Burial and military rites will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be designated to the Salvation Army.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Green, Michael Green, Justin Nystrom, Troy Green, Stephen Henn and Seth Green.
Condolences may be expressed, and a photo tribute viewed at schultzfuneralhomes.com.