Robert Noll

Robert Allen "Bob" Noll

Saturday, October 19th, 2019
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Five miles from Canada and fifteen from North Dakota, in a Dooley MT farmhouse on November 9, 1927, Bob Noll’s earthly adventure began. Don’t try to find Dooley on a map. It no longer exists. Some people are known for putting a town on the map, but he is known for taking one off. Present were his parents, Art & Emma, and brother Don. At age 10 they moved to Noxon MT, whose claim to fame is that it is Noxon spelled upside down and backwards. He became Class Valedictorian. Sounds impressive until you find out that there were only 4 graduates.
After graduation he joined the Marines. Seemed like a good plan until he stepped on a flare in China, nearly ending his earthly quest, earning himself a 6 month stint in a China hospital, and a lifetime of PTSD. The Marine Corp chose to part ways with him due to his injuries. So, he set off in the pursuit of happiness, which as we all know is a confounding endeavor. Especially if you were just barely 18 years old when you nearly lost your life and spent months enduring an excruciatingly painful recovery.
Not to be undone by any of this, he wound up in Anaconda MT where he lived his “colorful” life in this “colorful” town. He worked on the BA&P Railroad for the next twenty years. He met a beautiful girl named Rosemary and changed her name from Schultz to Noll. She in turn blessed Bob with three children; Bobby Joe, Patty Ann, and Anita Kay. His joy with Patty’s birth was brief as she died shortly thereafter.
He got his pilot’s license and even owned a small plane. In 1966, due to Smelter strikes, he sought railroad work in Bremerton WA. Eventually he brought Rosemary and the kids out to join him in 1968. After about four years he left Bremerton and his family, finding railroad work in Fairbanks AK, Concord CA and Modesto CA.
Back to his beloved Montana he went after retirement. He made Missoula his home until the end of his days. With five unsuccessful marriages, he sought help from the VA. To their credit, the VA gave him the assistance he needed to finish life as a devoted father, proud grandfather/great-grandfather, and a friend that a friend would want to have. Although not marrying again, he reunited with a love from his youth, Annastelle Sanders. They enjoyed several years of world travels and winters in Yuma. His five marriages included; Margaret (that one lasted only two weeks), Rosemary, Caroline, Nancy, and Shirley. I asked him why his marriages didn’t last and he told me that his wives all had the same problem… bad choice in men. He had a bodacious sense of humor and loved to poke fun at himself (or at least beat others to it.)
At age 80, Bob went skydiving making jumps for the following 9 years. His days were filled with veteran’s meetings, lunch groups, and visiting his friends… many were homebound, in nursing facilities, or hospitalized. He often travelled to Washington to be with family. To prove to his daughter that he was still capable of driving he hiked up to the M at age 89. He was a devoted Lady/Men Griz basketball fan, sporting his signature red plaid hat recognized by Griz personnel and many fans.
He was passionate about politics and Senator Jon Tester for his aid to Veterans. He was old school and firmly believed that all business should be conducted face to face. His wit and charm left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He became the delight of the All Ways Care & Partner’s Hospice teams. He often shared his wonderment as to how he qualified for such loving care. Thanks to Vanessa, Kim, Jackie, Elilia, Lexi, Holly, and Laurie he was able to finish his journey in the comfort of his home. On the evening of October 19, 2019, at the age of “going on 92”, his mind and sense of humor fully intact, with his grandchildren, Adam & Erin Moon, nephew Bart, and Bob’s daughter Anita at his side, he peacefully breathed his last. A daughter who is the author of this obituary and who was treated much better than she ever deserved by her #1Papason. He was the best dad for a girl like her.
Now reunited with parents, Art & Emma Noll; brother, Don; daughter, Patty Ann; grandson, Jonathan Robert Noll Quinn; and true love, Rosemary Noll. Left to share amusing Bob Noll stories are his daughter, Anita (Ed) Quinn, son, Bobby Noll; grandchildren, Erin (Adam) Moon, Morgan (Mike) Le, Travis (Sydney) Quinn, Nollan (Lindsay) Quinn; great-grandchildren, Lillian, Isla, Griffey, Isaiah, Remy, Calloway, Crusoe, Cascade, Kason, Kael; nephews and nieces Jay,Pam, Bart, Matt, Sam as well as the entire ND Schultz nation; kinfolk Ron Swanson, Clarence Stern, Lucille McGinnis, Joan (Randy) Sanders Borneman, and Dick (Brenda) Sanders.

Funeral Mass will be Thursday, November 7th, 10:30am, St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Missoula, followed by a reception at the church. 2pm Military Honors at the Western Montana State Veteran Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Cremation Burial Society of the Rockies.
Semper Fi Bob Noll

A Funeral Mass for Robert A. “Bob” Noll will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 10:30am at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, followed by a reception. After the reception, placement of his urn with military honors will be at 2pm at the Western Montana State Veteran Cemetery. A complete obituary will follow.
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    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Francis Xavier Catholic church
    420 W. Pine
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Posted at 11:02am
I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Robert for a moment, but he brought me joy in a time of need. He saw that a baby was born to a couple from Anaconda and they were in the NICU due to her being premature. He stopped and brought a ballon to show support for the baby from Anaconda. I have always remembered this kind gesture.

Dick, Lynette, Lori, John, Jana, Tom, Jim, Cathy and Lisa

Posted at 07:41am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. With love from your ND family.
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Jen Gonzales

Posted at 12:55pm
I lived in Pleasantview neighborhood and often encountered Bob on one of his strolls. He told me numerous stories of his sky diving adventures and encouraged me to "take the plunge". He was always the highlight of my walks. I moved out of the neighborhood years ago but ran in to him from time to time out and about in his Gold Lexus. My thoughts are with you and your family. Such a neat man.

Love, Carol

Posted at 09:46am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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