Their 46-year-old son was fatally shot early Tuesday morning in a carjacking in York.
"My son was a man to be respected and admired," said Jacqueline Green, his stepmother for 40 years.
Edward Green's two sons, ages 4 and 5, were his life, she said. He would make his sons lunch, and he'd laugh and joke with them.
Edward Green had worked for more than 20 years at the Roosevelt Tavern in York, Jacqueline Green said. He worked his way up from dishwasher to head chef.
He left the establishment around the time it changed ownership, and later found a new job at Cheddar's, she said.
"He was a hard-working young man," Leon Green said.
He lived with his parents in Harrisburg for about 1½ years.
Even though he would get home from work in the wee hours of the morning, Jacqueline Green said, her son would check on her and make sure she taken her medication and had plenty of water.
Edward Green decided late in the summer to leave his parents home. He felt he should be on his own because of his age, his mother said.
His family, however, was concerned about that decision because he was working an entry-level job, she said.
The family held a vigil Tuesday night in York for Edward Green.
The Greens want to thank the family who took Edward Green into their home until paramedics could arrive. He later died at the hospital.
Jacqueline Green said she would like to thank the family "with everything in my heart."
A funeral is planned for Friday in Harrisburg.
York Police are seeking 18-year-old Malcolm Bull for questioning in the fatal shooting of 46-year-old Edward Leon Green.
Bull is also wanted in a shooting on Monday. He is charged with attempted homicide and a firearms violation in the shooting of Ronald Rhoades, 24, of York.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Friends and co-workers will gather Sunday at 1 p.m. to remember Edward Leon Green, who was also known as Pee Wee.
The get-together will be at White Rose Bar & Grill, 48 N. Beaver St., York.
There is a Facebook group called Remembering Pee Wee.