James E. Noel

GLADSTONE — James E. Noel, 87, of 912 Michigan Ave., died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2017.

James was born the son of Thomas Lee and Lorraine (Counterman) Noel on Sept. 11, 1930, in Wells, Mich. He was raised and attended schools in Wisconsin and Michigan. James enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17. He served during the Korean War from 1948-1952. He reenlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1962. Following his honorable discharge, he served in the Michigan National Guard for 22 years. He retired with an accumulation of 30 years in military service as a platoon sergeant.

James also worked for T.D. Vinette Company in ornamental steel and iron fabricating in Escanaba, also for Harnischfeger Corporation, and he was a plumber and pipefitter for Local 506 when he retired in 1991.

James was united in marriage to the former Elaine Joyce Leach on Oct. 12, 1963. He was a member of the August Mattson Post 71, American Legion in Gladstone for over 50 years. He was past commander of Chef De Gare 40/8 Voiture Local 663. He served as past president of the Men’s Dartball League, Gladstone Smear League and Gladstone Pool League.

James was an active hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed bowling, reading and going to the casino.

In addition to his parents, his daughter, Cheryl Johnson, and brother, Robert Noel, preceded James in death.

In addition to his wife, Elaine Joyce, survivors include their children, Joyce Kutha, Christine Johnson, Mike (Diane) Noel, Steve (Shelly) Noel, Bruce (Taiki) Goodman; grandchild, Robert Gallagher; great-grandchild, Laura Gallagher; sisters, Grace Waydick of Racine, Wis., Alice Noel of Oceanside, Calif.; sister-in-law, Idana Noel of Walla Walla, Wash.; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

James’ family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites conducted by the Gladstone American Legion Post 71 will follow at 3 p.m. Luncheon will follow at the Gladstone American Legion Hall. Burial will be in the spring of 2018 at the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.

Please visit skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the family.