George Albert Noffke, 93, of Kankakee, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born April 26, 1923 to Frank and Bertha Noffke on the family farm in Bonfield, Ill.
He attended Herscher High School and Bonfield Lutheran Church where he met and married the love of his life, Ruth Danker on July 28, 1946. She preceded him in death in 2000. Also preceding him in death were his three sisters and four bothers. He is survived by his son, James (Judy) Noffke of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Janet (Paul) Lindemann of Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
George was a loving husband, a caring father, and a fun grandfather who cherished his family and they cherished him. He had a zest for living and enjoyed living life to the fullest. He was a steadfast friend, a community leader, and a man of deep faith.
In World War II, he served as a distinguished signalman in the U.S. Navy in the European and Pacific Theatres. He was in the Normandy Invasion and in the Japanese Harbor (Tokyo Bay) when the Japanese surrendered and the War ended.
He worked at Illinois Bell Telephone for 37 years moving from Kankakee to Danville, then to Joliet, on to Rockford and back to Kankakee where he retired in 1982. He then had a second career with Speckman Realty for 20 years and was Realtor of the Year in 1985.
He was a member of Rotary for 36 years and president in 1983. He was also active in Pioneers and enjoyed taking children to get new shoes with "All God's Children Need Shoes." He delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered at Riverside Hospital. He served on the residents' council at Westwood Oaks. George helped start Lutheran Churches in several cities where he lived and served as a faithful leader in those churches. Most recently, he was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Kankakee. He lived his life in true devotion to His Lord and Savior. His kind, caring spirit touched many lives and he will be deeply missed but his spirit will remain in our hearts.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 348 East Merchant Street, Kankakee, IL 60901, where there is a handicap entrance on the East side of the building by the alley. Burial will immediately follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Bonfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Please sign his guestbook at www.schrefflerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on August 25, 2016