Dexter Noonan

Obituary of Dexter Everett Noonan

Dexter Everett Noonan Born June 23, 1953 Promoted to Glory April 5, 2021 There will be a “Celebration of Life” service on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 at 10:00 am. Parkway Christian Fellowship located at 3004 Pickett Road, St. Joseph, Missouri 64503 will host this celebration. At 12:30 pm following the service, The Salvation Army St. Joseph Corps will host a luncheon with the assistance of Parkway Christian Fellowship. The Salvation Army is located at 602 Messanie Street, St. Joseph, Missouri 64501. Dexter Everett Noonan was born in Rumford, Maine to Joseph John Noonan and Pauline (Luce) Noonan on June 23, 1953. Dexter married his loving wife Martha (Hubbard-Martin) Noonan on July 24, 2004. They were blessed with over 16 years of life together and he will be greatly missed. Dexter served the United States of America in the Navy, serving in Viet Nam and various places around the country and the world. He served for over 40 years in the Navy, Civil Service, and as an OSHA Health and Safety Professional in Illinois. Dexter worked for The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services for 3 years before retiring. Upon moving to St. Joseph Missouri, even in retirement, he could not stop his service and had started working as the Warehouse Worker/Bailer Operator as The Salvation Army St. Joseph Corps and worked there even the day he went to meet his Savior. Dexter was a man who understood what it meant to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He loved people and shared the love of his Savior Jesus Christ every opportunity afforded to him. Easter Sunday on the day before his “Promotion to Glory” he helped cook breakfast for people before Easter Service and handed out food to homeless people between many Easter Celebrations. It didn’t matter if it was using his amazing cooking skills to feed children during afterschool programs, or feeding the less fortunate in soup kitchens or in church sponsored meals, he used his gifts to touch others lives. Dexter served helping others with OSHA and The Salvation Army, with Hurricane Katrina and various disasters, primarily in the central United States. He helped train responders to these disasters as well as serve along side them. If you knew Dexter you knew he loved to talk, sharing his Savior, many stories of his life experiences, and he never knew a stranger. His wife Martha stated, “He could talk the bark off a tree!” Even though he loved to talk he was also a great listener. His compassion and love for others, showed in everything he did. Dexter would share his story of excepting Christ as his Savior with any one who would listen. He had strived to live his life to serve his Savior for over 43 years. Dexter loved his Savior, his wife, his 8 children and their spouses, he loved being “Papa” to his 23 grandchildren and he loved his sister. He also had a very special place in his heart for his dog, Ringo! Dexter is survived by his loving wife, Martha (Hubbard-Martin) Noonan, his children Sean (Melissa) Noonan, Bryan Noonan, Timothy (Anna) Noonan, Bethany (Timothy) Farrar, Josiah (Samantha) Noonan, Caleb Noonan, Jared (Rachel) Martin, and Philip (Melissa) Martin. His 23 grandchildren Olivia, Audrey, Jack Everett, Skyler, Kyra, Sage, Trevor, Connor, Mason, Chloe, Clara, Becky, Katelyn, Jackson, Martha, Archer, Sharolynn, Whitney, Anna, Judah, Knightley, Parker and Melody. He is also survived by his sister Dawana Michalski and many nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by his father, Joseph John Noonan and his mother Pauline (Luce) Noonan. His brother, Joseph John Noonan, Jr. and sister Myrna Riggs. Dexter was an amazing man because of what Christ did in him. The greatest tribute you could give him, would be to accept the Savior he loved!
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