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RAYMOND M. NOEL, FORKLIFT OPERATOR
FEB. 19, 1923 -- JULY 18, 2004

Raymond M. Noel, a retired forklift operator and bus driver and a veteran of World War II, died Sunday in his Angola home after a long illness. He was 81.

Born in Fallen Timber, Pa., Mr. Noel moved to Angola in 1954.

He worked as a forklift operator for Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg from 1954 to 1977 and as a bus driver for the Lake Shore Central School District from 1963 to 1977.

During World War II, Mr. Noel served with the Army in the Philippines, attaining the rank of corporal. He received a Purple Heart on Nov. 1, 1944, after being wounded on Leyte Island.

He served as quartermaster and sergeant-at-arms for Commandery 390, Knights of St. John.

A parishioner of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Angola, Mr. Noel also served as treasurer of the Holy Name Society and as a Eucharistic minister. He also served as head usher of St. Peter's Chapel, Angola.

Mr. Noel was a member of Post 5891, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Local 897, United Auto Workers.

Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, the former Doris Krise; four daughters, Geraldine Wick of Forestville, Mary Wantuch of Angola, Elizabeth Sack of Angola and Louise Lange of North Java; two sisters, Teresa Wagner of Fallen Timber and Edith Kubat of Ebensburg, Pa.; three brothers, Lewis of Pittsburgh, Michael of Patton, Pa., and Gilbert of Punta Gorda, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Most Precious Blood Church, 22 Prospect St., Angola, after prayers at 9:15 in Schiavone Funeral Home, 8434 N. Main St., Angola. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Angola.

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