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     Robert Earl Noel, Lamar Missouri, passed peacefully to our Father’s arms on July 16, 2016 after a short illness.

     Born April 23, 1931, in Bryan, TX, Bob spent his formative years in West Fork, Arkansas.  He graduated from West Fork High School and shortly thereafter he took a number of jobs including working the wheat harvest through the Plains states and a position with an electric power company.

     In 1951, with the Korean War in progress, Bob joined the Army and served in the Army Security Agency in Hokkaido Japan.  After the war, Bob returned to Northwest Arkansas where he earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Arkansas.  It was during this time that he met Anita and they married in 1955.

     Bob spent a large part of his professional career at Finley Engineering in Lamar as the head of the power department.  He retired from Finley in 1996 and opened his own practice, working of a variety of projects in Missouri, other adjoining states, and as far away as the state of Nevada.  He continued to take on engineering work up until months before he passed because he loved his craft.

     He joined Lamar United Methodist Church in 1969 and was active in church leadership, Sunday school, and various other ministries.

     His life was defined by his deep faith, his devotion to his family, a strong desire to help those less fortunate, his drive to stay fit, and an intense interest in political and social issues that affect us all.  He was also a devoted fan of Arkansas Razorback football, missing only three home games in the last 47 years.

     Bob is survived by his wife, Anita; his daughter, Allyson Noel, Rio Rancho NM; his daughter, Melissa Branson (Rick), Overland Park KS; his son, Matt Noel (Joyce), Orange CA; and five grandchildren, Adam Noel, Phoenix AS; Derek Noel, Orange CA; Rachel Branson, Eugene OR; Faith Branson, Overland Park KS; and Bethanie Burandt, Raymore, MO.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Maude Noel; his brother, Benjamin Noel Jr.; and his sister, Clara Jean Rosebeary.

     The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 pm Wednesday at Lamar United Methodist Church followed by a memorial service beginning at 2:00 pm.  A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 2:00 pm at West Fork Cemetery near Fayetteville, AR.

     The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to either About Our Kids Youth Development Services, or Lamar United Methodist Church.  Contributions may be sent to Daniel Funeral Home, 1201 Broadway, Lamar, MO  64759.



#16 Victoria TexasMichael Packard 2016-10-14 12:20
Dear Anita and Family: I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I had just gotten out of college and was really in need of a job when Bob came to Colorado. Bob took a chance on me and our friendship began. Bob was the ultimate professional engineer. One evening he took me out to dinner in Kansas and the bill was $8.00. for both of us.
Bob then told me he did not like to eat this well on a client. That one night guided me throughout my career.

I will miss him desperately Michael
#15 Lamar,moSandra Dickey 2016-07-23 20:42
Anita Allyson Melissa Matt My thoughts and prayers are with you in the. Coming days At the loss of a wonderful husband Dad and Grandpa . I know he is enjoying heaven
#14 Lamar, MoJill Divine Ramage 2016-07-20 15:24
To Anita, Allyson, Melissa, and Matt,

My heart goes out to all of you. I would always call him Daddy #2 when I would see him and we would have such a laugh about that. I saw him about a month ago and we had a great visit. Many blessings and comfort to all of you.
#13 Rogers, ARMichele and Chris O\Brien 2016-07-20 12:42
Anita, we are so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a great kind man. He was always so happy at the Razorback games come rain or shine! Bob always knew which child was sitting next to him at the football games and always made the effort to ask them what was going on in their lives. I loved his stories of his bike riding! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we know how deeply you will miss him. Love, The O'Brien Family
#12 Anderson, MoTheresa Forst Cox 2016-07-19 10:40
Allyson, I am sorry to hear about your dad. I had an occasional privilege of working for him at Finleys years ago. Then would occasionally run into him and your mom walking in the park while I was in town visiting. I always admired his drive to stay active and fit. He would always mention his children and their accomplishments, a very proud dad for sure. I will be praying for you and your family during this time. Anita, I am sorry for your loss, he was on of the good ones for sure. God bless you all
#11 Jefferson City Mo.Donald Shaw 2016-07-19 09:16
Dear Anita- I first met Bob in 1973 when he was doing some Transmission Line Design for what was then Missouri Public Service Company. For the next 40 plus years our professional paths crossed often and I relied on Bob as a source of expertise for power system design and analysis. He was always professional but more than that very personable and had a great sense of humor and took a personal interest in everyone. I will always have fond memories of the many conversations and projects we had. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace and understanding in this difficult time

Don Shaw
#10 Albertville, ALEvelyn Oates 2016-07-19 07:50
Anita, We are grieved over your great loss. So sorry we can not be with you in body but certainly are, and will be, in spirit.

With much love,
Evelyn and Family
#9 Janet and Andrew Estep 2016-07-18 16:49
May the arms of our Father wrap you all with peace and grace during this time. His intelligence and smile will be greatly missed.
#8 Jefferson City, MOAllan D Johnston 2016-07-18 12:32
Dear Anita and Family,

As a new transmission line engineer at Central Electric Power Cooperative I was blessed to meet Bob in 1991. At the time Don Shaw, my supervisor, sent me down to Finley Engineering so as to learn from Bob Noel and his design group. Bob taught me much about the design of high voltage transmission lines. Everyday as I practice my profession the spirit of Bob lives on in my engineering work. Bob also was part of my Professional Engineer's team which guided me on the path to a license as a Professional Engineer. With fondness I recall visiting you and Bob at your home when Bob would mentor me in engineering topics in his office just on the other side of your garden. He and I would always call that time our "Engineer's Winter Retreat". Bob was always my "Go To Line Design Engineer". I will miss him greatly.

God Bless Bob, you and your Family.
You are in my prayers.
Allan D. Johnston, P.E.
#7 Eldon, MOLori Pittsenbarger-Bartlett 2016-07-18 10:58
To all of Bob's Family, I am very sorry for your loss. Bob is a pretty special guy in my book! He hired me at Finley Engineering when I was a 19 yr old kid who didn't really know what she wanted to do with her life. I started out as his secretary and from there got involved with all aspects of the power line world. I made my career in power lines and now have 21 years under my belt! After leaving Finley Engineering, Bob helped me get my current job at Central Electric Power Cooperative in Jefferson City. If it wasn't for him seeing something in me way back then when he hired me, I would not be where I am today. I owe him a lot! He will be very dearly missed. He will certainly never be forgotten.

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