Donald Noah

Donald Lee Noah

Sunday, September 28th, 1930 - Monday, August 24th, 2020
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Longtime St. Joseph resident Donald Lee Noah passed away on August 24, 2020 at the age of 89. To his children and grandchildren, he left a legacy of love for family, hard work, red hair, appreciation for the outdoors, and extensive knowledge of fishing and hunting.

Don was born in Grand Rapids, MI on September 28, 1930, the eldest child of Mary and Leo Noah. He graduated from Wayland High School and went on to attend The University of Michigan under an ROTC scholarship. Financing college was challenging and he earned money playing bridge in tournaments across the state with his grandfather as his partner. He was a member of the DKE fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Engineering. Don was a life-long University of Michigan fan and boasted that several of his children and grandchildren were U of M alumni also.

While at U of M, Don met the love of his life, Alice Richmond. They celebrated 50 years of marriage before she passed away in 2004. Don served in the Navy as a commissioned officer on the USS Randall. He didn’t see any combat, but did see a lot of ports in the world. After his discharge, Don and Alice moved to her hometown of St. Joseph where they raised four children and several beagles.

Don worked as a plastic engineer for Hughes Plastics and then for Whirlpool Corporation for over 20 years. He was frugal and money savvy and made it his goal to retire at age 57. After retirement, Don and Alice traveled the country with their camping trailer and spent winters in South Padre Island, TX. He always had a fishing pole ready at every stop. After Alice’s passing, Don moved to the family cabin near Baldwin, MI. There he loved watching the birds, catching bluegills, and hosting family gatherings.

Don is survived by his children, Ruthanne Erbach (John), Mary Alice Brunner (Ed), Nancy Noah (Dan Ernst), and Donald Noah (Kathy); grandchildren, Katie Greer (Jason), Dave Erbach, Laura Brunner (Andrew Danielsky), Jim Brunner (Tara), Drake Dowell, and Mollie Dowell (fiancé, Matt Ursin); great grandchildren, Noah and Ava; sister, Pat Horning (Jim); brother, Bob Noah; and nephews and cousins.

Cremation has taken place. A private scattering of ashes will take place at a later date.
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Don Lee Yeske

Posted at 09:27pm
Ruthann, Mary Alice, Nancy and Don,
We have many fond memories with your parents and with you kids.
Your parents were so gracious with letting us use their cottage. Our kids and our grandkids still mention fun memories of the cottage and lake.
We won’t forget the trips we took together - especially the time in Colorado with the skunk !
Our trip together through Canada was one of our favorites with your parents.
Joining your parents in Padre Island is another fond memory - especially the quick trips we took to Mexico for cheap booze !
Your Dad’s fishing “ instructions “ taught Mick even more than he thought he knew about fishing !, and those times will be missed ...
Please know we will think of you often and that we hold ( and also Keith, Beth and Jan ) a special part in our hearts for your parents and all of you.
We send or love,
Lee and Mick, Keith, Beth and Jan.

Carole Kuschel Linton

Posted at 10:34am
Ruth Anne, Mary Alice, Nancy Lee (the red haired girls with two names) and Donald, I will never forget the wonderful times that I had when our families got together camping on your property near Baldwin. I don't know if you remember our dads taking us fishing in that freshly stocked stream (I'm not sure that it was totally legal)or floating in the lake on that foam mountain. Oh what fun, we are blessed to have such wonderful memories. I am so sorry for your loss, your dad was a kind generous man.

Allen Metz

Posted at 10:12am
Our family has missed the Noah's since Alice passed away and Don no longer stayed at the "middle" home in Sodus (between the North and South). They were the best neighbors - always friendly and polite. We would pass them often walking along the road enjoying nature. My wife and I walk the road now and she'll say, "I've turned into Mrs. Noah!" Don would always point out that the tree facing his place was going to topple into the creek - the roots are badly eroded; I often would like to tell him it's still standing but I don't know for how much longer! Good memories! I'm sure you have many too!

Nancy and Chris Noah

Posted at 10:46am
Condolences to the family of Don Noah. He lived a long life with lots of adventures, lots of good memories and happy times with you all.
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Stan Bennett

Posted at 08:28am
I met Don when I hired in at Hughes Plasitcs in St. Joe in 1961, my first job just out of high school. I pursued a career in plastics as well, though changed career some 20 years later in life. Don was a truly nice guy in management. He and my father in law Ed Warren were engineers together at Whirlpool. Rest in peace. My condolences to the family

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