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Jack H. Green


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Jack H. Green

Sioux Falls - Jack H Green, 97, of Sioux Falls, passed away on August 4, 2018 at Dow Rummell Village in Sioux Falls, SD.

Funeral service will be 10:30 am August 11, 2018 at Miller Southside Chapel, 7400 S Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to: Union Gospel Mission, Feeding Sioux Falls, and The Banquet.

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jack Harding Green was born December 2, 1920 to Buford and Harriet (Watkins) Green in DeKalb, Mississippi. After his father's death, when Jack was 11, he went to work to help support his family. He went to the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) when he was 17. When World War II began, he joined the Army, serving in North Africa and Italy until late 1945, earning a Bronze Star for his heroic deeds.

While passing through Sioux Falls in 1947, Jack was unexpectedly hired at John Morrell and Co., where he worked for 33 ½ years. Jack held many positions at Morrell's. He was on the Board of Morrell Mutual Aid, Trades and Labor Organization, and he served as a union steward.

He was united in marriage with Lucille Foote on June 19, 1949 in Langford, SD and they were devoted to one another for more than 69 years, living in Sioux Falls their entire married lives. Together they were blessed with three children, Linda, Jack Jr and Jeff.

After retiring from Morrell's, Jack volunteered for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and Jail and Bail, working at Sioux Valley Hospital, and at their gift-wrapping fundraiser, "Coats For Kids" at the mall, in addition to many other programs. He then started his second career at the Kmart on South Minnesota, where he worked for 15 years until the store closed. Jack was 85 years old. He made many good friends at Kmart.

Jack never met a stranger. He enjoyed talking to anyone including renters and neighbors. He was well known for assisting others in finding work or helping them in any way he could. His generosity was well known. He would never say no if someone needed help. He had a very special relationship with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of who adored him. Two others, Shane Faber and Serenity Banks were very special to him as well.

In 1987, his Army Company, which had been searching for him for years, finally located him in Sioux Falls. After that, he attended almost every annual Army reunion until they were discontinued because he was the last member able to attend. His Army commander and army buddies were very special to him. He had wonderful friends and times at the reunions and in the later years, his children, grandchildren and some of his great-grandchildren, often joined him and Lucille in Branson, MO at the Army reunions.

Jack, a devout Christian, was a member of the First Baptist Church since the early 1960s. He served as an usher for many years, and was faithful in attending church until his health failed in his last years.

Jack was an avid traveler. It was not a question of whether the family would take a vacation, it was a question of where to go! His children have many treasured memories of the family trips to different parts of the country. Jack and Lucille travelled to all parts of the country over the years, often visiting the "South" where his family and friends resided or California where Lucille's sister and family lived. He and Lucille also traveled often to Colorado, Illinois and Nevada.

He loved playing pinochle with family and friends. Many nights were spent bidding, winning, losing and laughing. Jack was well known for his wild bids, and the entire family had fun with that!

Jack was a great storyteller. He loved to recount stories and experiences and had a phenomenal memory. He even wrote a book about it. He loved classic country music and could sit with his tablet for hours listening to his old favorites.

Most of all, Jack was an extremely compassionate, kind, dependable and strong man who was loved dearly by his family and friends and lived his life with integrity and purpose. He built a beautiful life with the love of his life, Lucille. He was an extraordinary man and will be deeply missed.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Lucille; a daughter, Linda (Doug) Neefe; two sons, Jack and Jeff Green; six grandchildren, Phil (Sarah) Neefe, Greg (Joey) Neefe, Jesse (Priscalla) Green, Katie Neefe, Anna (Kait) Hegarty and Ted Neefe; six great grandchildren, Kyle, Kennedy, Chloe, Thomas, Lucy and Terron. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, and many nieces and nephews from all parts of the country.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Virgil, James, and Herbert; and two sisters, Letha and Lela Mae.

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Published in The Argus Leader from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2018
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