Dennis Lee Noel, 66, of Seymour, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis.
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Born Sept. 11, 1947, he was the son of Earl Fredrick and Nettie Emmaline Strickland Noel. On June 10, 1972, at Zion Lutheran Church in Seymour, he married Betty Joann Christopher.
Dennis was a 1965 graduate of Jennings County High School, where he played football. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on Oct. 6, 1966, and served until Aug. 20, 1967. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He earned an honorable discharge with the rank of E4 and attended IUPUI. Dennis worked at Cummins Inc., Muscatatuck State Developmental Center and DSI of Columbus.
Dennis was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, holding several church offices, including chairman of the congregation. He served as an usher, reader and greeter and taught Bible classes. He was a member of Lutheran Layman's League, Sons of the American Revolution, Eleventh Armored Cavalry Regiment "Blackhorse Trooper," American Legion Post 89 and served on the reunion committee for Rural Youth. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan for his favorite teams, Indiana University, the Pacers and the Colts. He shared his love of sports with his grandsons.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Betty; son, Daniel Noel; daughter, Jennifer (Kevin) Alberring; three grandsons, Trevor, Ethan and Adam Alberring; brother, Jerry (Julie) Noel; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, Seymour, with the Rev. Edgar Keinath officiating. Burial will take place at Lutheran Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post 89, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam 7, all of Seymour.
Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m Wednesday at Burkholder Funeral Chapel and from noon until time of service Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran School or Lutheran Layman's League.
Remembrances, condolences and a video may be shared at www.burkholderfuneralchapel.com.
Burkholder Funeral Chapel
419 N Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from June 16 to June 24, 2014