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Barney Willard Van Noy

1924 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Barney Willard Van Noy Obituary
BARNEY WILLARD VAN NOY Barney Willard Van Noy, after a very short illness, passed away at his home August 31, 2016. His loving children and grand-children were with him. Barney was a retired Riverside Community College professor. Barney was born October 20, 1924 on his family's ranch in Somerton, Arizona. His mother died when he was very young. There was not much parental guidance since his father, in order to make ends meet during the great depression, worked two jobs, both farming and repairing irrigation ditches for the Bureau of Reclamation. Consequently he, his two brothers and his sister learned to be self-reliant. In 1940, shortly after his 16th birthday, he joined the Army. Since he was born at home and had no birth certificate he simply told the Army he was 18. He was trained as a combat medic. He was part of the D-day invasion landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France in June 1944. He was 19 years old at the time. He participated in five of the major military campaigns in Europe, including the famous Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded and received the Purple Heart. Other significant awards include the Bronze Star, Combat Medic Badge and the French Legion of Honor. After the war, Barney married Cora Ellen Simms and they had two children, Terry and Michael. Barney went back to school at the UCLA extension where he successfully completed the dental technology program. He subsequently received his Masters degree from California State College at Long Beach. He worked as a dental technician and owned a dental laboratory in Pasadena, California. He was asked to return to the UCLA extension as an instructor in dental technology. After teaching several years at the UCLA extension he transferred to California State University Los Angeles. After a few years at Cal State LA he was asked to start a dental technology program at Riverside Community College. He became the founding department head and taught at RCC until his retirement. Barney and Cora Ellen moved in 1971 to what was then Sunnymead to be closer to Barney's work. They built a home, with Barney and his brother-in-law laying every brick, and planted a citrus grove. Cora Ellen passed away in 1976. Barney remarried Elaine Elma Ervin in 1979. Barney became very close to his new expanded family with Elaine's children, Carole and Michelle and especially the grandchildren. Barney's retirement was not like most. He played golf and during his prime had a single-digit handicap. He and Elaine also started a Christmas tree farm on some of his property with several hundred Christmas trees. Elaine would bake cookies and families would come and enjoy some holiday cheer as they selected their tree. He also continued to do contract work in the dental technology field, setting up dental laboratories in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. He and Elaine traveled extensively both internationally and in their motor home throughout the United States. After Elaine passed away in 2009, Barney continued to travel with his children and step-children including an annual ski trip and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Barney had a full and active life, he made a major difference in many peoples' lives, from the individuals he cared for on the battlefield, to the students he trained and the children he raised. The world was certainly a better place because of him and he will be deeply missed. Services will be conducted at the Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 1:31 pm. A reception will be held immediately following the services at his home.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, 2016
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