COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Albert Edward Noyes, 99, born Oct. 19, 1913, in South Haven, Mich., joined the love of his life, Antonia Lucille (Rodman), in heaven on April 2, 2013. They were married in 1939 in Escanaba.
He was preceded in death by Toni in 2007; and his brothers, Joseph, Paul; his sister, Jean; and granddaughter, Megan.
He is survived by his sons, James Albert Noyes of Arcadia, Calif., and Ralph Richard Noyes of Post Falls, Idaho; and his brother, William Nathan Noyes of Bark River.
He and Toni entered adulthood during the Great Depression, a time of hardship that greatly influenced their lives forever more. They lived their lives with the values of that era - work ethic, thrift, honesty, family ties and Christian principles. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp near Manistique and often said it was one of the best years of his life. He lived in Indianapolis, Indiana and Chicago, Ill., working as a butcher, fish buyer on the Great Lakes, manager of a wholesale and retail fish processing plant and a sales executive for Booth Fisheries before retiring in Escanaba.
He was always active in the Catholic Church, ushering, assisting and as part of the Holy Name Society at St. Pascal in Chicago. He had a great love of music and was a self-taught musician, playing mandolin and banjo. He and Toni loved to dance in the Big Band Era. He greatly enjoyed golf and the friendly camaraderie of the game. He recorded his last birdie at age 93, and played golf until 95. He was proud of his ties to the Escanaba Country Club and the Elks Lodge. He moved to North Idaho to be near family when he and Toni required more care.
He spent his last two years at North Star Retirement in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and thoroughly enjoyed that extended family. We thank them for so much kindness, friendship and concern for Albert. The family requests no flowers or donations. Please remember him, and toast him at your next family gathering as a man who loved his family and friends, social gatherings, and who never met a green vegetable he liked nor a distilled grain beverage he did not.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Escanaba.