Elmer L. Noland, Sr., 72, died June 19, 2013, at Grape Community Hospital, Hamburg. The son of Alvie Lee and Virginia Fay (Day) Noland, Elmer was born in Urbana, Mo., on July 13, 1940. He attended Quitman, Mo., schools.
On May 29, 1959, Elmer married Sandra Lee Howell, in Miami, Okla. They made their home in Quitman for a year, before moving to the San Francisco Bay area in California. Elmer was employed as a meat cutter and eventually was certified a Journeyman Butcher. He was a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to the present time.
In 1972, they moved to Tarkio, Mo., and Elmer was employed by the Missouri Beef Packers, Phelps City, Mo., which later became Excel. After its closing, Elmer was employed by Golden Valley Popcorn in Hamburg, retiring in 2004.
Elmer was talented in gardening, and, in later years, telling Sandy how to do it to his specifications. He enjoyed a special relationship with brother-in-law Billy Howell and enjoyed Sunday visits with Darrell Chitwood. The joy of his life was his family and stated often that he had the most beautiful granddaughters in the entire world.
He attended the Assembly of God Church in Tarkio.
Elmer was preceded in death by siblings Alpha Lee and Walter Guy Noland.
Survivors include wife Sandra, Hamburg; children Elmer Lewis “Sonny” Noland, Jr. and wife Lois, Macon, Mo., David Lee Noland and wife, Anita, Alva, Okla., Daniel Leroy Noland and wife, Terri, Donald Lawrence Noland, and wife Kristy, all of Tarkio, and Douglas Walter William Leon Noland and wife Michelle, Farragut; 20 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings Juanita Fay Carmichael and husband Dwayne, Maryville, Mo., Roberta Sue Clark and husband Phillip, Tarkio, Eliza Mae Beasing and husband Robert, Rock Port, Mo., Delmer Leon Noland and wife Regina, Tarkio, Delma Lee Brammer and husband, Tom, Glenwood, Mildred Joan Stevens and husband, Chris, Tarkio; and brother-in-law William Howell, Utica.
Funeral service was June 24 at Assembly of God Church, Tarkio, with burial at Quitman Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Quitman Cemetery.
Online obituaries and condolences are at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.
Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio, was in charge of arrangements.