Harold E. “Buck” Noake, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Thatcher on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Buck was born May 30, 1927 to Harold E. Noake, Sr. and Cecil McKinney Noake, in Uvalde, Texas.
He earned his Associates Degree at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde Texas. Prior to earning his degree, Buck served in the U.S. Navy at Treasure Island as a swim instructor during World War II. He was a 42 year member of the American Legion and served on the Color Guard for the Swift Murphy Post 32 in Safford.
An Electrician by trade, he recently received recognition for 65 years in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Buck married Faye Havens in 1949 and together they raised three children. They moved to Clifton in 1973. Faye passed in 1974, after 25 years together. Shortly thereafter, Buck and his daughters move to the Valley. He was then married to Regina Curtis Noake in 1975 and they settled in Thatcher in 1976. They shared 34 years until her passing in 2009. Buck married Isabelle “Lou” Snyder in May 2011. As his health declined this year, Lou cared for him and was at his side when he passed.
Some of Buck’s favorite pastimes were playing BINGO at the American Legion, playing Powerball and scratching lottery tickets. He enjoyed working on his computer and researching genealogy. But most of all, he was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan.
Buck is survived by his wife, Lou Noake; children, Robby (Elaine) Noake, Karen Smith (Lynn Day), Terri (Jack) Kellum; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Stepchildren; Paul (Mary) Snyder, Cindy (Allen) Corbin and Leta (Kenneth) Gruebel .
Besides wives Faye and Regina, he is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Cecil and his sister, Peggy Milam.
A viewing will be held, Friday, September 25, 2015 at Caldwell Funeral Chapel from 6-8 p.m. Services will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Thatcher LDS Stake Center, followed by a Military Graveside Service at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Safford, Arizona.
In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cranio Care Bears at www.craniocarebears.org. Buck’s youngest great-grandson was diagnosed with Craniosynostosis. The assistance this organization gives to the families is priceless.
Services are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be extended at www.caldwellfuneralchapel.com.