In Memory of

Pierce Green

March 19, 1922 - January 27, 2017
Lester Pierce Green was born on March 19, 1922 in Cherokee, the son of Lester and Lillian (Pierce) Green. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1941. He attended Illinois Central Trade School in Waterloo, Iowa from 1941 - 1942. In October, 1942, Pierce joined the United States Marines. He was trained as a Marine Paratrooper and served in the South Pacific during WWII. After returning from the war, he attended Morningside College for two years. From 1946 - 1950, Pierce operated Mobil Service Station in Cherokee. He married Idella Johnson on June 19, 1947 in Cherokee. From 1950 - 1959, he owned and operated the Standard Oil Station in Cherokee. In 1959, Pierce and his brother, Don purchased the Culligan Soft Water business in Cherokee. He owned and operated the business until retirement in 1985. Pierce served on the Cherokee Adult Education Board. He also served on the Cherokee School Board for 9 years. He was a member of the Iowa Water Association, Kiwanis, American Legion, VFW, and the Marine Paratrooper Survivors Organization. Pierce was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Pierce was a mechanic and he was a genius at fixing things. He collected tools and materials that sometimes seemed esoteric until they were used to repair this leaky pipe or that balky appliance. He ran track as a youth and for many years enjoyed that sport at the Drake Relays. He loved picnics along the river south of Cherokee and at Martins Access and he brought the frisbee to Cherokee in 1959, long before that item became popular. He was a stern taskmaster in his businesses, always committed to providing the best service possible to his customers but, on his own time, he was the most congenial and gregarious person, never meeting a stranger he didn't like. He regaled friends and family with stories that, more often than not, began somewhere in the middle and challenged the listener to figure out where he was headed. He loved golf and was a fixture at the Cherokee Country Club, not only on the links but also insuring the pool remained perfectly pristine for club members. Pierce was a lifetime Cherokean and never wanted to live anywhere else. He was proud of his community and, while he traveled all over the country, he always returned home to the family and town he loved. Pierce was preceded in death by his wife, Idella in 2004, his parents, Lester and Lillian Green, and one sister, Virginia Crocker. Pierce is survived by his son, Tom Green and his wife, Nancy, of West Des Moines; daughter, Susan Julius and her husband, Alan, of Cherokee; grandchildren: Emily Shuberg and her husband, Ben of Cherokee; David Julius and his wife, Megan of Aurelia; Great Grandchildren: Adeline, Abram, and Clara Shuberg and Amelia Julius; brother, Don Green and his wife, Delores of Cherokee; sister-in-law, Edith Ullmann of Johnstown, CO. and many nieces and nephews. Pierce was committed to the trades and provided many opportunities to a variety of young people in his businesses. He also expressed this commitment through his service on the Cherokee School Board. Recognizing this commitment, a Scholarship in Career and Technical Education is being established in Pierce's name. Memorials will be directed to this Scholarship.
A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Father Dan Guenther
A public gathering will be held from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2017, with the family present from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7:00 p.m. scripture service Friday at the funeral home.
Oak Hill Cemetery At a later date.


Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My condolences to the Pierce Green family. I had the honor of being one of those individuals that Pierce gave a opportunity to. To this day, a lot of the work ethic that Pierce instilled on me, is with me today! Pierce again THANKS! I will miss you as a boss, father figure, and friend!”
- Roger Thornley
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I first met Pierce at the funeral of my father-in-law, Dr. Richard Barta, in 2001, and immediately felt a connection with him. His bright smile and genuinely warm personality was more than comforting at such a sad time. In the days that followed I had the opportunity to get to know him better and can honestly say that he is one individual I wish I had been able to befriend many years before. He was just one of those individuals who had a magnetic personality and drew you to him. My heart goes out to Tom and Susan and their extended family.”
- Samuel Totten
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- diane k thomas
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My name is Doris Green my husband was Norman Green his father was Scott Green. I would like to send condolences on behalf of my family.
I so much enjoyed the picture Christmas cards he send to me every year I still have it hung up on my kitchen door where I look at it quite often.
I married into a great Green family.
Please accept my condolences.
- Doris J Green
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of the passing of Pierce. I have not seen him for awhile. May God bless all of you. He will be missed by all who knew him. LeRoy & Judy Schoon”
- Judy Schoon
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Pierce's passing. What a great man he was. We enjoyed our visits with him and the Beck and he was always there for a smile and a hug. He will be missed by everyone.”
- Patsy and Jerome Day
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We so enjoyed getting to know Pierce and Della over the years. They were prominent in my earliest memories of friends of my parents, Tom and Avis Grundman. As a child I enjoyed walking to their home after school for flute lessons with Della. We especially enjoyed re-connecting with Pierce recently at Careage Hills. He was always a gentleman, ALWAYS had a SMILE on his face, and was always ready for a laugh! I am sure my parents, sisters and the rest of my family agree with our sentiments. He will be sorely missed!

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family,
Jane (Grundman), John, Jack, and Tom Fischer”
- Jane Grundman Fischer
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about Pierce sure enjoyed visiting with him on Sundays at the nursing home .He will be deeply missed .Thoughts and prayers to you all”
- Amy Strahmann
Monday, January 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to lose such a wonderful man. God will surely welcome him in heaven with open arms. I always enjoyed visiting with Pierce whenever I might see him. Don't believe I ever saw him grumpy. My sympathies to the entire family.”
- Dawn Ruehle
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Tom and Susan
sorry to hear about your father!! What a great guy to know and respect while growing up. He and Della are back together. ”
- Steve Conley
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for your loss. We've known Pierce for too many years to mention. Always such a nice person with a good sense of humor. You all have our sympathy. God Bless”
- Dale & Helen Sturgeon
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“We were just talking about my "workout partner" today when we were at the National WW 2 museum. Pierce was such a neat guy and you will miss him greatly, but your hearts will be at peace with all of the good memories.”
- Tom and Corrine Lundell
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