James “Jim” A. Green, 63, of Scranton, ND, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at the St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck.
Posted Jan. 11, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial for Jim was Thursday, January 3, 2013, at the St. Isadores Catholic Church, rural Ralph, SD. Fr. David Morman celebrated the Mass with burial following in the Vessy Cemetery, rural Ralph. There was a Rosary and Scripture Service on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel. Visitaion for Jim was Wednesday, January 2, 2012, at the Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Home Chapel.
Jim was born June 22, 1949, in Belle Fourche, SD, to W.A. and Lucille Green of Ralph, SD.
Jim started school at Norbeck Country School, graduated high school in Scranton, ND, and went on to college in Wahpeton, ND for Diesel Engineering. Upon completing college, he returned to take over the family place.
Jim was married to Betty Kumley on April 6, 1975. They would later divorce in 1997. To this union, 10 children were born. Heather, Joshua, Chentil, Alicia, Joseph, Megan, Rachael, Jedidiah, Elizabeth, and Betty Lou.
Jim worked his ranch as the kids grew up, more times than not with a child or two as his helpers. They raised cows, pigs, and Jim’s favorite, sheep. Many memories were created in the barns during calving and lambing.
When his older children were young, Jim was involved in supporting and chaperoning the Happy-Go-Lucky 4H club, especially the Shooting Sports and livestock showmanship activities.
He passed on a wealth of knowledge to his children. When he had a spare minute or two, he enjoyed woodworking as well. Jim’s all-time favorite thing to do was visit, which made him a perfect person to fill the job of flagger on the road construction crews.
He spent many a summer standing on Highway 85 and other roads with a stop sign, driving everyone in a hurry crazy. As soon as he had you stopped, you knew you were in for a good long chat. Especially if you happened to be a pretty girl.
Another of Jim’s loves was reading. His collection of “mush” books was the envy of any true fan. He would spend his winters at his ranch with his books, his cartons of cigarettes, his tea, a six pack of MGD, and of course – the telephone. He was up for a phone call at any time of the day or night, often having late night chats with anyone that called in.
Jim loved to sit in the kitchen in the early mornings and watch the deer that came in to the yard to graze. Jim also loved children of all ages. He truly enjoyed his grandchildren, even going as far as babysitting his first grandchild, Talia, or “T-bird” as he called her, as well as his other grandchildren a time or two.
As his health started to decline, he began to spend winters with his children, first staying at Chentil’s, then going to Baker with Josh, and finally to Scranton with Joe. During his years in Baker, he was a regular at Sakelaris Kitchen where he made many friends while sitting drinking tea and giving the waitresses a hard time. He also spent many an hour sitting out in his car smoking his cigars, watching the traffic go by, and chatting with anyone that walked by. Many people walked that way just to stop and visit.
Jim had been battling pneumonia for the last few months and succumbed to it on Dec 30, 2012, with his family around, even getting to see his daughters from Texas one last time Jim’s death will leave a huge hole in all of our lives. Who will Joe call when he has a few minutes at work? Who will Josh bounce ideas off about the ranch? Who will Jed call “old man?” His daughters will forever miss his standard greeting of “Hello, little daughter.” We will always have our memories, for which we will always be grateful.
Jim is survived by his 10 children and their families. Heather (Dave) Eldridge of New Underwood, SD; Josh (Janet) Green of Baker, MT; Chentil (Oscar) Griggs of Rhame, ND; Alicia Chinburg of Fargo, ND; Joe (Val) Green of Scranton, ND; Megan (Colton) Belmore of Ellendale, ND; Rachael (JR Trevino) Green of Laredo, TX; Jed (Andrea Maychrzak) of Bowman, ND ; Elizabeth Green and Betty Lou Green of Laredo, TX.
He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren: Talia Green; Cristofer and Cristyl Green; Katie, Emily, and Henry Griggs; Jacob Green; Josiah Chinburg; Eli and Ian Trevino. He is also survived by two brothers, Mike (Jody) Green of Scranton, ND and Tom (Paula) Green of Eugene, Oregon, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Lucille Green, a sister, Phyllis Green, and a brother, Eli Green.
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Service in charge of the arrangements.