Roger Glenn Noel, 76, of Niceville, Florida, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at his home in Niceville, with his family by his side.
Roger was born on May 23, 1947, to Raymond and Robbie Noel in Princeton, Kentucky. Roger enjoyed spending time playing golf with family, fishing for catfish, and talking about old times with his friends down at the AMVETS. He was an active member of the Valparaiso Heritage Museum and Chamber of Commerce.
On November 17, 1964, Roger enlisted in the United States Army where he was stationed in North Carolina, Italy, Panama, and Georgia. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served three tours in Thailand. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (3 Campaigns), Vietnamese Campaign Medal, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He was a marksman and sharpshooter on the M-14 rifle. Roger retired from the United States Army in 1984, after 20 years of dedicated and faithful service.
Upon retirement from the Army, Roger relocated his family to Valparaiso, Florida where he was an IT Specialist with Okaloosa-Walton Community College (OWCC). During his time there, he was the lead for the transition from analog to digital computers. In 1995, Roger retired from OWCC and ventured out as a small business owner, opening American Athletic Uniforms in Valparaiso, Florida.
On February 14, 1969, Roger married the love of his life, Geraldine “Gerri” Kelly. The two were each other’s lifelong companions and best friends. They were blessed with three beautiful children: Eva, Daniel, and Donald.
Roger is survived by his wife, Gerri and his three children, Eva (Eric) Parsons, Daniel, and Donald; six grandchildren, Brandon, Christopher, Jordan, Kassie, Ryleigh, and Brooke; five great-grandchildren, Colton, Lily, Kennedy, Adalynn, and Caleb; and many, many family members, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Noel, his mother Robbie Noel, his sister Phyllis Myers, his brother Douglas Noel, and sister Vicky Smith.
Services will be held at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at 1:30 PM.