Noel A. Feather Jr.
1936 - 2021
April 11, 1936
January 6, 2021
Noel A. Feather Jr.

Born: April 11, 1935; Fairfield

Died: January 6, 2021; Rock Falls

ROCK FALLS – Noel Albert Feather Jr., 84, of Rock Falls, IL, passed away peacefully January 6, 2021, surrounded by his family.

The eldest son of Noel Sr. and Opal (Lamb) Feather, Noel was born April 11, 1936, in Fairfield, IL, the family then moving to Sterling, IL, where he spent most of his life. In later years, he and his wife Sue wintered in Florida. He retired from Northwestern Steel and Wire after 30 years.

Noel was an avid sportsman and bowhunter. He spent many years honing his skills and providing guidance to other hunters. The author of "Battling Bucks," and the host of a multitude of hunting instructional videos, Noel pioneered a method of antler rattling and deer calls used to this day by deer hunters. He guided many hunts over the years, and his own hunts took him as faras Africa, Russia and Alaska. He also loved horses, training and trading many over the years, and loved to fish.

He was a family man, who enjoyed his large family every chance he had. Christmas Eve parties, barbeques and family dinners were always raucous, joyful affairs. He loved country music and Westerns. Old Marshal Dillon never knew a better friend; there wasn't an episode of "Gunsmoke" or a John Wayne movie he couldn't describe the entire plot of at the drop of a hat. And speaking of hats, he was never far from his beloved Stetson, or a camouflage baseball cap.

Noel is survived by his wife, Sue (Tuggle) Feather; three daughters, Debbie (Pete) Gustafson, Kristine Warner and Sharon (Tim) Dietz; son, Shane (Jennifer) Feather; step-daughter Kathy DeBord; stepson, Mark (Lisa)DeBord; sisters, Jean Pearson and Delores (Rusty) Fulfs; grandchildren, Heath (Beth) Warner, Sarah Dietz, Shauna Gustafson, Kyle (Amy) Gustafson, Dana Dietz, Ian Gustafson and Ryan Dietz, Chris DeBord, Jennifer Collett, Amber DeBord andS tacy DeBord; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald and Billy, and Gerald, in infancy; and stepson, Rob DeBord.

The family would like to thank Rock River Valley Hospice, and all the nurses, CNAs and caregivers that were so kind and helpful in Noel's final days.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice House of the Rock River Valley.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded, arrangements by McDonald Funeral Home.

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Published by Sauk Valley News on Jan. 9, 2021.
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Watch his hunting videos for many years he was a great outdoors men. One of my hero's RIP red
Anthony Stepanski
January 17, 2021
Condolences to his family. Noel & I met in the mid 50s through Archery. I must say, we shared many adventures & laughs in our younger years. May the wind always be in your face & your arrows fly straight. God Bless your family in this time of loss.
John Law
January 15, 2021
I watched Noel's videos of bow hunting many years ago when I was just starting. I would have enjoyed meeting him. Sorry for your loss.
Rob Rondeau
January 14, 2021
Billy Grose,jr
January 13, 2021
Enjoy his hunting videos over the years. Still have the ones I bought.
Carl Pate
January 13, 2021
Very sad to hear, put me in shock this morning as i read about your passing. Dan and you are THE ones who inspired a generation of videographers in the hunting industry!
Glad i had the chance to meet you and talk on several different occasions!
You will always have a special place in my heart, i wish i still had all the videos of your hunts!
Oh yeah! While you're up there tell you acquaintance, and my best friend Kenny C. I said hi!
Charles Jones
January 13, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss, Noel was a true pioneer to Bowhunting and truly left his mark on me Thank you Noel
Mike Vassar
January 11, 2021
So sorry to hear this he was a great guy
Connie Bentley westfall
January 10, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
John Mc Ateer
January 10, 2021
He was a good bowhunter, and loved to rattle bucks. RIP
Barry Zortman
January 9, 2021
I had the pleasure of spending a week in Illinois on a bow hunt guided by Dave. Noel came in to hunt as well. What a legend. The stories and the laughs!!! I’ll never forget that week. Rest Easy Noel
Jason Piot
January 9, 2021
RIP Noel it was great spending time with you back in late 80s and early 90s .Learning about Deer Hunting thank you Sir
Roger Hooten
January 9, 2021
I was so sorry to hear the news.
Connie Heinze
January 8, 2021