Harry Ellsworth Noble

June 9, 2030 ~ December 18, 2015 (age 14)


Harry Ellsworth Noble, age 85 of Oakland Oregon passed away peacefully on December 18th, 2015 of natural causes in his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Harry was born on June 9, 1930 to Bessie (Ellsworth) Noble & Howard Silas Noble in Lignite North Dakota on the family homestead. His family moved from North Dakota when he was three to Onalaska, WA. In Dec of 1941, the family made their final destination to St. Helens OR. It was in St. Helens that he met the love of his life, Margaret Drane in grade school at St. Fredrick’s School. Shy Margaret took a dare from a friend and decided to wink at Harry, the new boy; they were inseparable ever since, and eventually started their family together in the same town.

Harry graduated from St. Helens High School with the class of 1948. He was offered a scholarship for swimming at Oregon State but opted to join the Navy where he acquired his electrical training and became an EM3, Electricians Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class. He also served in the Reserves after his service in the Navy. He was a proud lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War and volunteered for them as much as possible.

Harry & Margaret were married on June 1,1949 and blessed with 6 children. Harry and Margaret spent 66+ love-filled years together and celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary surrounded by family and friends on June 1 2014. 

Throughout Harry's electrical career, he worked in several sawmills throughout Oregon, Idaho, Washington, California and New Mexico. He retired in 1995 from Louisiana Pacific in Arcata CA with a very successful career as a Chief Electrician. Harry taught many electrical classes before and after retirement and was always eager to help a friend or family member with their electrical issues. 

Harry and Margaret returned to Oregon and settled in Oakland. Margaret and Harry enjoyed living in the small town. Harry soon converted his garage into his dream woodworking shop. He made furniture pieces, birdhouses and many other creations. Many family members, friends and Oakland residents were blessed with his generous handmade gifts.

His true joy came from watching his grandsons playing sports for the Oakland Oakers, particularly basketball. He loved fishing the rivers and lakes of Oregon, especially fond of the high lakes region. His love of camping carried on to many of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 2006, cancer became his main challenge. After his extensive hospital stay, his daughter (Janice) and son in law (Bruce) moved them to their farm and offered their caregiving, where he proudly beat cancer for 9 years and lived a very comfortable life.

Following his diagnosis with cancer, Harry made a "bucket list" that consisted of fishing trips, an Alaskan Cruise, a New England Cruise, and a cruise to Mexico. He and Margaret had an amazing time checking off each of these experiences and were so happy to know that he really did get to go without regrets or missed experiences.
He now joins his parents Howard and Bessie, brother Kenneth, sister Wilma, his daughter Corrine and son Howard. He left behind his wife Margaret Noble, sister Janice Bledsoe, sons Gary (wife Cecilia), David (wife Monica) and Erin (wife Anna) his daughter Janice and her husband Bruce along with his grandkids, great grandkids, nieces and nephews. His family really was his pride and joy and they miss him greatly. Nancy Noble , Geri Noble, Patti Noble and Renae (Noble) Smith also held a special place in his heart. 

Please feel free to add your stories, comments, pictures, videos and or light a candle here. 

A celebration of life will be held on April 16th Noon-4PM in Veneta OR at his son Gary's home.

If you would like to attend the Celebration of Life or have a story or pictures to share please email Janice at She will send you the address and more information. 

Special thanks to his family and friends, everyone at Amedysis In Home Heath & Hospice, Dr. Fahey of CA, Dr. Connie Grady & Dr. Rajendran of Roseburg and their staff for helping to give him the wonderful life he deserved.

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