New Central High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota - 1913

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New Central High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota - 1913

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John Green

From 1959 Centralian

"Sleep no more John, your school days are over." Work Program.

Born November 24, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the youngest child of James & Leonora Green.

He graduated from Minneapolis Central High School in 1959.

He attended the University of Minnesota, then transferred to Mankato State College, where he obtained a degree in Business Administration.

He served in the military as a private in the United States Army Reserve based out of Fort Snelling.

He was employed by Burroughs Corporation in Minneapolis as a sales representative. He then worked for The St Paul Companies and transferred to Detroit, Michigan as a sales representative. He was then employed by Unisys as a systems analyst.

In 1972 he formed a corporation with Tom Smeltzer and they purchased a small dry cleaning facility on McNichols Road in Detroit. That was the beginning of the business that brought him so much pleasure & pride. They cleaned & repaired safety gloves for manufacturers, primarily the auto industry.

He continued to work his "day job" until the business was generating enough income to support his family.

In the early stages of the business he formed a friendship with Max Thomas, owner of White Tower Laundry, their largest competitor. Max was a dear friend & mentor to John and, when he retired he sold White Tower to John & Tom.

With John's outgoing personality & business savvy, White Tower became the business of his dreams. He achieved success, respect and, most important for him, control of his own destiny.

He chose early retirement in order to explore other business interests and ensure more frequent visits to the golf course.

He relocated first to Arizona, then to Austin, Texas where he happily lived his remaining years with his wife Lee, the love of his life, and their dogs, Mac & George.

John passed peacefully on Thursday June 2, 2011.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James & Leonora Green and brothers, Vaughn & James Green.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lee. Also survived by his daughters, Shannah & Catherine Green, his sister Florence McKelvy, step-daughters, Aimee Korn & Suzanne Gamble, grandchildren Sam & Jacob Korn, nieces & nephews and many friends.

Published in Star Tribune on June 7, 2011