Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI


Noah Edmondson Hales

June 25, 1974July 24, 2020

Noah might not have been “the last righteous man,” but he was indeed righteous. His spirit was commanding. His tenderness made sweeter by contrast. He was good and noble and generous and loyal. He had a wit that few were quick enough to fully appreciate. He was playful, irreverent and bawdy. He had the curiosity, wonder and recklessness of a child; taking things apart, losing their pieces, and trying to put them back together again. He was rarely prompt, but always worth the wait.

He was a proud combat veteran of the U.S. Army, serving four combat deployments, three with Special Operations as an Engineer overseeing civil humanitarian projects in Southeast Asia, building roads, schools, bridges and wells and bringing medical/veterinarian/dental care to many people who had never seen a doctor before. He also served a tour in Iraq where he sustained his disabling injuries. He revered his army buddies and the brotherhood they enjoyed.

He was an artist, a craftsman and a consummate hustler. His life surely fodder for urban legends. He delighted in found objects – everything from an old plated silver tea set to a crumbling WW II leather holster. He always saw the potential in them. The magic of rebirth – shined up, repurposed, and gifted or traded away.

He loved his girls Avery and Maddie and his son Gabriel. He had so much he wanted to teach them – about birds and trees and becoming more alive by exploring the majesty of our world.

Noah Edmondson Hales was born on June 25, 1974 in Albany, New York. Noah died on July 24, 2020 in Owosso, Michigan. He is survived by his mother and father, Julie Hales-Smith and Larry (Gargi) Hales; his stepfather, Michael Smith; his sisters Asia (Hales) Ciaravino and Sage Hales-Ho; his son, Gabriel Hales; and his wife Rachelle Hales and two daughters, Avery and Madelyn Hales. Noah, we will miss you. We love you madly.


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Noah Edmondson Hales

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Deb H

August 4, 2020

I was blessed to have known Noah and will never forget his spirit. He shared how deeply he loved his family, his son, his daughters, his wife. He shared his ups and downs and even in his struggles he had a light i have never seen before. He was fought hard for others as well as for himself with the realization he needed to do better if not for himself but for his kids. I will forever miss seeing him and the energy he brought when he came to see me. My thoughts and prayers to his entire family.

Julie Sangster

July 30, 2020

I was blessed to have Noah in my life. I loved him Anyone who TRULY knew him did . I will miss him more than i can say. Oh my Noah I'll see you in the sun and the flowers. The boutique is always open.

Billie Jean Clevenger

July 28, 2020

I loved going up to Torch Lake with My sister Dana, Noah and Gabe. We had our boys a month a part and they were a wild duo together. Noah and Dana were always so patient and fun with the kids while everyone else thought the boys were crazy Especially my Mom. I cherish those memories and love to watch the old videos of all of it! You are loved Noah and will be missed!

Mike Biggs

July 28, 2020

I met Noah once for about a half hour. I think he was amazed at what I did. That’s a family joke. He really had no idea the number of people he affected. I also bet he would say it wasn’t that many. I would have to correct him on that. The kind of guy you can NEVER forget. Noah, rest easy your brothers and sisters have the watch... Never forgotten.... Always remembered. Much love for you kid... I am older... I can say that about this young man...

Brittany Roden

July 28, 2020

It pains me to be writing a memory of you, especially in a box where the maximum limit is 2000 words. There are way more than 2000 words that I can use to describe you. I appreciate the things that you did for me Noah. I appreciate our talks, drinking Smirnoff together (I’m not sure why you always Frank’s raspberry), being my protector, my handy neighbor but most importantly a friend. I remember when I first met you, you were outside walking Blue. We hit it off since then! You always had my back and everyone else’s. You put everyone before yourself. You would help anyone in need, I’ve witnessed it. You were good to so many people and that will never be forgotten.

I will miss making dinner and making sure I wrapped your plate up so you could have dinner or stopping by to make sure you ate something outside of chocolate ice cream. You were the first neighbor, I have ever grown comfortable with! I just want you to know that you will always have a place in my heart and I pray that you are resting in paradise.

Take care

Joan Greenwood

July 28, 2020

July, 2014 beach trip to Pawleys Island with the beach crew. In response to an event of amnesia , Noah said to me lovingly and direct “ please go to the ER “. I had love , respect , trust ,and admiration for Noah ,and his medical skills , I did what he said , faired well , and will always have a special place in my heart for Noah. Peace Noah ,
Love, Aunt Joan

Kim Kracko

July 28, 2020

Noah made a special knife for our son who had just become an Army Infantryman. We loved listening to his stories and hearing the history behind the knives he was making. We will treasure it, and our memories of him. We are so sorry for your loss, and praying your family.

Laszlo Szalay

July 28, 2020

I met Noah at a gun show and we were brothers instantly,
We suffered from the same injuries from TBI to seizuers and the darkness that follows. He took to me and emperor like we were family. We would talk through some of the issues we were facing and gave each other strength
I will miss our talks brother I know I that you and I will share more times together in heaven
I have my knife you gave me six years ago and carry it everyday and now I see it as having my brother with me everyday thank you for all you have done for me

I miss you brother I will see you soon
from one marine to his army brother
Semper Fi

Candice Bullard

July 28, 2020

Noah had to come back from deployment while my husband was still over in the Philippines but he brought my anniversary present back with him so that my husband could have it hand delivered and not miss our first anniversary as a married couple without someone being there for me. He always seemed larger than life and smart as a whip. His time with my husband in Charlie Co will always be remember fondly.

Lisa Little

July 28, 2020

I was homeless and Noah found me a place to live I will always be thankful I will miss him


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