Harold J. “Harry” Noesges
Harold J. “Harry” Noesges, age 100, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 9:25 a.m., on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To honor Harry’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, October 12, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Harry’s life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 3:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.
Harry was born on August 28, 1918, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Catherine (Gassman) Noesges.
Harry was a proud lifelong Dubuquer, who honorably served his country during WWII with the U.S. Navy. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Rose Marie Elaine Simones, on December 4, 1954, in Dubuque, and the two were blessed with a beautiful daughter and 60 wonderful years together, before Rose was sadly called home before Harry on August 27, 2015. Harry and Rose were an adventurous couple who loved to hop in their private plane, with Harry in the cockpit at the controls, and travel the country sightseeing and visiting family and friends. When Harry was 87 years old the Dubuque Regional Airport awarded him the Oldest Pilot Award, as well as an award for his pinpoint accuracy when landing. He also enjoyed hitting the open road on his Harley, and was recently honored with a letter from HOG (Harley Owners Group), congratulating him on 75 years of riding excellence without a single accident. Harry was raised with a strong appreciation for putting in an honest days work, and would devote his entire working career to Westphal Electric as a field superintendent for 30 years, until his well earned retirement. Harry’s faith was also of utmost importance and his devotion to his Catholic roots was constantly on display as a longtime member of St. Mary’s Church and a current member of Holy Spirit Parish. He was also a long time member of the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, A.O.P.A. (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) of America and the International Brotherhood Electrical Workers Local #704, where he was past president for several years. Above all, however was Harry’s undying love of his family, his wife and daughter were the light of his life and he always made them a priority. We are grateful for the 100 years we have had Harry here on this Earth with us, and can only imagine the changes he has seen in his lifetime. We will miss you more than words can express, but take some comfort in knowing that when we look up into the beautiful, big blue skies, that you and Rose are now happily reunited for all Eternity.
Those left to cherish Harry’s memory include
Rose Ann (Valentin Ciontoiu) Noesges, Westlake, OH;
his nieces and nephew,
Donna (Greg Welp) Slade, Dubuque, IA,
Dyan Burke, Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Lynn) Hirsch, Bettendorf, IA;
Tom Noesges, Hobart, IN;
and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Rose Marie Noesges; and 2 sisters, Celeste (Carl) Ehrlich and Mary Catherine (Clarence) Hirsch.
Harry’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses, staff and residents of Bethany Home for their friendship, compassion and their wonderful care of Harry.
Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
October 11th, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church
1701 Rhomberg Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
October 12th, 2018 at 10:30 AM