Noel Joseph Minor |

Noel Joseph Minor

Noel Joseph Minor, 69, died early Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, after a two-year battle with prostate cancer.

Noel was a 40-plus-year veteran of the ready mixed concrete industry. In his retirement years, he loved to plan trips and travel with the family. His trips included several tropical cruises and numerous adventures in his motor home. Every summer was his favorite vacation to Chetek, Wis., where a family tradition began even before his birth.

He raised and trained homing doves, some of which were released at the Moving Veteran’s Memorial Wall Ceremony June 19, 2005, in Rifle.

Noel was overjoyed by the visit of his sisters, Marilee, Patsy, and Beth, shortly before his passing. He called them angels. He greatly appreciated all of the efforts and care that his brother Greg gave him during his time of need.

Noel died only 11 days after celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary. His wife, Connie and his three children were constantly by his side the last month, and can take comfort knowing he did not die alone.

Noel is survived by his wife; sons Scott (Becky) Minor and Keith (Doris) Minor; daughter Peggy (Richard) Wilson; and grandchildren Joseph Wilson, Chadwick Minor, Jason Wilson, Dietrich Minor, Eric Minor and Emilee Minor.

He was preceded in death by his brother Keith and granddaughter Alyssa Minor.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Scott Minor’s house, 0384 Wooden Deer Road in Carbondale.

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