OBITUARY

Robert E. Noechel

October 22, 1935April 22, 2021
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Robert E. Noechel passed from this earthly life peacefully on Thursday, April 22, 2021 into the arms of the Lord, Jesus Christ. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years D.J., children, Richard (Carol) Noechel, Beth Hoffman, and Jeffrey (Maryn) Noechel, 6 grandchildren, Josh (Kate) Hechler, Ryan Noechel, Emma Noechel, Zoe Noechel, Ellie Noechel, and Maddie Noechel, three grand dogs, numerous nephews and their families along with all earthly friends and extended families.

Robert had a long career as a Michigan Bell/AT&T Telephone repair technician. He started in the CO-OP program while a Junior in High School, ending his working career as a PBX technician, 45+ years later.

Robert was a member of the Michigan National Guard, serving as a driver of a Duce and a Half, a Mess Cook as well as a distinguished Sharpshooter after which he was honorably discharged at the rank of Specialist E-4.

He was an accomplished church pipe organist for several churches and was actively providing his music ministry for over 60 years.

He was very active in the Detroit Masonic community based out of the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit for over 60 years. He became a member of Schiller Lodge #263 F&AM, following in the family footsteps. He worked through the chairs to become Worshipful Master. He received the call to accompany his eldest brother (Leonard) to the Detroit Chapter of the Knights Templar as Templar Organist, providing many years of service music. He is also a member of various Blue lodges and Northville Royal Arch lodge.

Robert volunteered at St. Mary Hospital in Livonia. He worked for Michigan Eye Center in Canton as a courtesy shuttle driver for many years.

Robert loved gathering with family and friends in social settings. As a lifelong Detroit resident, he could tell you exactly where a building was located simply by providing him the street name and address. This skill also enabled him to know the best coffee and pie joints within the city.

Memorials in Robert's name may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church 30650 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152 (www.holycrosslivonia.org), or Angela Hospice 14100 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI 48154 (www.angelahospice.org).

Memorial funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Livonia, Michigan.

Please share a memory of Mr. Noechel, or condolences with his family at his online guest book below.

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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, June 25, 2021

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Chris Richardson

April 29, 2021

I felt deeply honored when Bob and his lodge performed a ceremony at my dad’s funeral. When I think of Bob, I think of kindness and a genuinely warm soul. You see a lot of Bob in Rich, Beth, and Jeff, a legacy of which they can all be proud.

Sister Joan Roosa

April 28, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Robert Noechel. May Bob rest in peace.

Elisabeth Johnston

April 28, 2021

Mr. Bob, as he was affectionately called/known by the Johnstons and Mac, will be missed. I fondly remember him taking his daily walks down Nola Drive to the woods/park with Daisy and Bud. Also, it was Mr. Bob who introduced us to lemon custard ice cream. Every time we have it, we think of him. Sending love and prayers to all of the Noechels.

Harold Telners

April 27, 2021

So sorry for your loss.
I did Bob's taxes for many years .
I enjoyed catching up with him every year. He was such a gentle soul with a great love of music. Prayers your family.
Harold

Dennis & Liz Bozyk

April 27, 2021

Our sincerest condolences to the family of Robert Noechel. He and all of you will be in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you comfort in the many good memories you have of him. Dennis & Liz Bozyk

Ashley Havens-martinez

April 26, 2021

Mr. Noechel was a great man. I loved working with him daily he would always find a way to make our staff laugh. He would always give me a hard time about taking his meds. He would always say they are too warm and they are the wrong color they are supposed to be minty green. He also had rhymes like me oh my I'd rather be in Ohio. He would play us some tunes on the piano and announce our bingo games every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday ( Hello beautiful and lovely people of livonia woods) I will miss this and him. My condolences to the family. I will miss your visits as well.

Richard Noechel

April 24, 2021

From the love of music you instilled in me to the love of family, your memory will live on in us all. Every time I hear a pipe organ, I think of all our memories made together. May the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand , completely well. May he pour forth his healing power on all of us left on this earth. Love you, Dad.

Jeffrey Noechel

April 24, 2021

I am, and will always be honored to call this man my father. Having a heart that loved the Lord, he had a never-ending servant’s heart; always willing roll up his sleeves, pitch in, and lend a hand. A trait you can hopefully see in myself and my older brother and sister. Having the gift of gab, he had the ability to meet a complete stranger and then have great conversation. He had a big heart and graciously opened his and my mom’s home to anyone we brought home. And he loved you all. Although his passing hurts, we celebrate this man and his life. We thank God for the time He shared Robert with us.

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