Victor Noel, 84, of Oroville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1929 to parents George and Mary Noel at Menlo, Wash., where his parents and older siblings owned and operated a dairy. In 1938 he moved to Oroville with his family, where they bought a small farm on County #7.
Victor started school in Oroville and continued until the war broke out. His father and mother were alone on the farm milking dairy cows, and it was decided to begin his life as a farmer. They continued with the dairy operations until there was a fire in the milk house, which destroyed everything. After the fire they expanded the farm and went into the beef cattle operation, which Victor continued to operate until his retirement a few years ago.
In 1947 he met and married the love of his life, Madeline (Tunie) Farmer, where she joined him on the farm to raise their family. Victor loved hunting and fishing – if there wasn’t work to be done on the farm, he was doing one or the other. Victor was a kind person, always willing to give his neighbors a helping hand when he could. Victor’s life was the farm and his “cows.”
Victor is survived by his wife Madeline; four children, Richard Gale, Rodney (Kathy), Gregory and Michelle (Terry), all of Oroville; 10 grandchildren, Olivia, Elijah, April, Molly, Sarah, Jarrod, Derick, Hunter and Tyson; their spouses and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary of Oroville; brothers Henry, Wilford and Buster, and a sister, Dorothy.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Bergh Chapel in Oroville. Bergh Funeral Services of Oroville/Tonasket is in charge of the arrangements.