James Joseph “Beaver” Green, 76, of Mt. Olive, died Friday, June 12, 2020, at 5:42 a.m. at Cedar Hurst in Edwardsville.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul II Catholic Church in Mt. Olive. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Father Thomas Hagstrom. Burial will be held in Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield. Military rites will be performed at graveside. Becker and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Green was born Oct. 15, 1943, in Litchfield, the son of the late John and Mary (Vukelich) Green. He married Dorothy Jean Tunnell on July 20, 1976, in Carlinville, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 2003.
He attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Mt. Olive High School with the class of 1961. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which is now St. John Paul II, where he was baptized and confirmed.
A member of the United States Army for two years, he was a mail carrier for the Mt. Olive Post Office for 30 years. He was also the postmaster for several years. He was a lifetime member of Mt. Olive VFW Post #5790, the Mt. Olive JC’s, Litchfield Moose Club and a life member of Mt. Olive Turner Hall.
An avid Cardinals fan, he was also a Minnesota Vikings and University of Illinois sports fan. He was a member of the Roller Derby bowling team, Schoppies Alley’s bowling team and Turner Hall’s kittenball team.
He is survived by two sons, Bradley Michael Green and Christopher Patrick Green of Edwardsville; two brothers, Frank Green of Tucson, AZ and Charles (Harriet) Green of Rochester, MN; one sister, Cathy Houghby of Springfield; and 11 nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Bill Green.
Memorials may be made to Turner Hall in Mt. Olive.
Online condolences may be left at www.beckerandson.com.