Juul Hovre Noer, 91, of Colfax, passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Juul was born on April 20, 1923, in Colfax, Wisconsin, to Victor and Selma (Hovre) Noer, the eldest of six children. He was raised in the Village of Colfax and graduated from Colfax High School in 1941. Juul furthered his education at Eau Claire Teacher’s College, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and at the University of Wisconsin.
Juul enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served as a Hospital Corpsman in the Pacific Theater. He served on the troop ship SS Matsonia, where he made six combat ocean crossings from San Francisco to Honolulu and Australia, transporting replacement troops, medical personnel, and wounded servicemen. He also sailed in USS Baxter, USS Bowie, USS Montrose, and USS Harris, and had shore duty at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. Upon cessation of hostilities, he was attached to the 5th Marine Division for occupation duty in Japan. He also occupied Tsingtao, China, with the 6th Marine Division. Juul was discharged from active duty in 1946 but remained with the Naval Reserves. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, serving aboard the repair ship USS Vulcan in the Atlantic Fleet.
On August 18, 1950, in his inter-war years, Juul married Genevieve Erickson at Colfax Lutheran Church. They moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he began his university pharmacy training, which was interrupted by his military service during the Korean War. He returned to his professional studies in September 1952, and received his Pharmacy Degree from the University of Wisconsin in May 1955. He earned his license to practice as a Registered Pharmacist in Wisconsin that same year.
In 1958 Juul purchased Noer’s Drug Store from his father, becoming the third generation of Noer pharmacists to serve the citizens of Colfax and the surrounding communities. The Noer family operated the village pharmacy for 100 years, from 1891 until Juul’s retirement in 1990.
In addition to his professional obligations, Juul was an active contributor to the Colfax community through roles such as Village Health Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, and as a key member of the Colfax Barber Shoppers. He was a life-long member of Colfax Lutheran Church, and a 68-year member of American Legion Russell-Toycen Post 131. In retirement Juul continued his community service for 20 years as a member of the Board of Directors at Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Juul enjoyed snowmobiling and coin collecting, volunteered on the ski patrol at Deepwood Ski Resort, taught water skiing to numerous people, and was an accomplished photographer. He was especially interested in Colfax Village history, contributing many photos and hours of clarification and explanations to Troy Knutson for his recently published book about Colfax entitled “Looking Through The Lens.” A particularly avid Green Bay Packers fan, Juul held season tickets for over 50 Years. He organized bus trips for local fans to attend Packer games, and attended countless games himself, including three Super Bowls and the famous Ice Bowl at Lambeau Field in 1967, one of the greatest games in NFL history.
Juul is survived by his wife of 64 years, Genevieve; four children, Julie (Gerard) Resch of Greenville, WI; Dr. Beth (Rodney) Fierek of Stillwater, MN; Kurt of Appleton, WI; and Nancy (Kent) Anderson of Wheeler, WI; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Rachel Spencer of Stillwater, MN; Pauline Summers of Silver Spring, MD; Ruth Barstad of Silver Spring, MD; and Mary Wrase of Plymouth, MN; and also by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Juul was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Louise Williams.
A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at Colfax Lutheran Church, 601 River St. in Colfax, with Pastor Leslie Walck officiating. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014, at Sampson Funeral Home, 1017 E. Railroad Ave. in Colfax. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in the Village of Colfax with military honors conducted by the American Legion Russell-Toycen Post 131.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Colfax Lutheran Church.
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