James A. Noel Jr.
11/17/1929 - 04/15/2019

James A. “Junie” Noel, 89, of Hanover, entered into God’s eternal care on Monday, April 15, 2019 at his home. He was the husband of Jean M. (Rang) Noel who died October 19, 2016.  Born November 17, 1929 in New Oxford, he was the son of the late James A. and Grace P. (Smith) Noel.  Junie was the former general manager of the Metwood Division of Emeco Industries in Hanover from 1963 to 1985 and retired from Emeco in 1988, he also worked part time as a bartender at the McSherrystown Home Association for 23 years. Junie proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and retired from the National Guard in 1969 as a 1st Sergeant after 20 years of dedicated military service. He also served with the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard for the past 15 years.  Junie was a 1947 graduate of Delone Catholic High School. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Hanover, and a life member of McSherrystown Home Association, McSherrystown Knights of Columbus where he was a 4th degree member of the Fr. Cyril J. Allwein Assembly, New Oxford Social Club, and Amvets Post #22. Junie umpired for the Amateur Softball Association for 45 years from 1960 to 2005 and was inducted into the PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.  He is survived by six children, Debra Bittle of Littlestown, Christine Young of Albemarle, NC, Steven Noel of Jamison, Jeffry Noel of Littlestown, Patrice Melton of Buffalo, MO, and James A. Noel III of Reisterstown, MD; seventeen grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three siblings, Harold Noel, Pauline Haines and Mary Staub.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Hanover, with Rev. Michael P. Reid II as celebrant. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and relatives will be received Monday, April 22, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Avenue, McSherrystown with prayers at 8:00 p.m.  Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons; Patrick and James Gouker, Robert Reinhardt, Kyle, Andrew and Michael Noel.  Honorary pallbearers will be Corbin, Zachary and Samuel Noel and Ryan Melton.  Contributions in memory of Junie may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Raise the Cross Fund, 220 Third St., Hanover, PA 17331 or VNA/Hospice of Hanover, 440 N. Madison St., Hanover, PA 17331.


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Posted at:04/18/2019 10:10 pm
Sue Flaherty Myers
Junie, I will certainly miss you and I am so glad that you are free of pain and discomfort. God be with you, Dad. Deb, Chris, Steve, Jeff, Teace and Jimmy....so many memories we have of our families together. May we continue to cherish those memories and keep the relationship as sweet as it is. As you know, my thoughts, prayers and love are with you all as you continue without your parents and keep them with us through your love and children. God be with you all... Sue

Posted at:04/18/2019 2:02 pm
Regina Hall
Chris & Don, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Prayers for you and your family. Regina

Posted at:04/17/2019 6:06 pm
Rhonda Waide
Thinking of Patrice and her family. Prayers for comfort!

Posted at:04/17/2019 7:07 pm
Bruce and Jayne Moore
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Posted at:04/16/2019 10:10 pm
Molly Musselman
To Uncle Junies family an friends we our so saddened by his death but in his heart he's with the love of his life Aunt Jean You'll never be forgotten RIP uncle Junie David an Molly Musselman and family Love you

Posted at:04/16/2019 11:11 pm
Ruthie Smith
Junie was a wonderful friend. I will miss his smiling face at the YMCA. Rest in peace my friend. Love you! xo

Posted at:04/16/2019 9:09 pm
Donald Young
I'm going to miss the best Father-In-Law a man could have. I love you Junie, Don

Posted at:04/20/2019 4:04 pm
Sister Marjorie Lawless SSJ
Dear Jim and Noel Family, May God comfort you and your family as you all mourn the loss of your dad , Junie. I treasure all my Hanover memories as a teacher at St. Vincent School from 1973-1982. During those years I love working at school with your mom and stopping by your house to visit your dad and family. Jim, I am so happy we have stayed in touch for over 45 years. My heart still smiles when I remember St. Vincent Parish and the many Hanover Families. Blessings and peace. Love, Sister Marjorie💕

Posted at:04/20/2019 9:09 am
Larry S Rhoten
It was my pleasure to have served under 1SGT Noel in the military. I have much respect and regard to him as a fellow miitary veteran and as a friend. I also served alongside him as an ASA umpire. June was a man integrity with a wonderful dry humnor. If he liked you, it would be for a lifetime. Rest in peace, my friend.

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