Noble Fred Joel Jr.

Noble Fred Joel Jr. of Austin, Minn., passed from this life, surrounded by his family, at his Harrison, Tenn., home on Jan. 25, 2013.

Fred was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and soldier, who retired as a mustang officer from the U.S. Navy. He starting his career as an enlisted man that saw the world from the ashes of Mount Vesuvius to the jungles of Vietnam, and whose commissioned career spanned from the bridge of guided missile destroyers to the expanses of Antarctica. In retirement, he taught at Chattanooga State and DuPont Industries, but his true passion was his family and anyone he ever met in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Noble Fred Sr. and Amreta Joel and his sister, Renae Raimann, all of Austin, Minn.

Fred is survived by his loving wife, Anne H. Joel of Harrison; sons: Romie and Craig and daughters: Sheila, Juli and Tara, all of Harrison, Tenn.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Ike and Pat Joel of Mankato, Minn., Edward Joel of Harrison, Tennessee, and David and Debra Joel of Austin, Minn.; his sisters and brothers-in-law: Jane and Larry Clark of Austin, Minn., Sharon and Bob Bednar of Austin, Minn., and Suzanne and Bruce Vaith of Manchester, Minn.; six grandsons: Michael, David and Joel Ruiz, Austin Noble and Carter Joel and William Conroe Joel; and a host of precious nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He is the man the family revolved around, and will be forever in our hearts.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416.

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