Paul Edwin Noffke of Lowell, Michigan, passed away August 23, 2021, at the age of 81. Paul was born September 23, 1939, in Lyons Township, Ionia County, Michigan, to Alfred and Louise Noffke. He graduated from Saranac High School in 1957. The following year in 1958 he married his wife Janice Marie (Cox) Noffke. The two then moved to Lowell, Michigan, where they would grow a great life together.
Proceeding him in death was his son Scott Alan Noffke. Paul is survived by his wife, Janice; his son, Steve (Pam) Noffke; his daughter, Teri (Mark) Trombly; grandchildren, Richard (Shelly) Noffke, Mary (Brad) Mallory, Genevieve (Ben) Trombly, Alicia Noffke, Alexis Noffke, Benjamin Noffke, Ryan Noffke; great-grandchildren, Dylan Noffke, Matthew Noffke, Marley Ferguson, Eleanor Mallory; and sisters, Doris (Chuck) Droste, and Joy (Tom) Hecht.
During his life, Paul was employed by Highland Hill Diary, State Farm Insurance, and finally worked for General Motors. But his real passions were outside the workplace. Paul enjoyed telling a good “Dad” joke from time to time. He has always been an avid gardener, growing a fruitful plot each year. Raw peas became a favorite of all the grandchildren and each year he planted more and more rows as the family grew. There would be a grandchild or neighbor kid in tow in a wagon behind his riding mower or helping him around the yard more days than not. Paul also enjoyed fishing and was patient enough to pass on the passion to his family, even if they would rather jump in the lake to go swimming. Bowling was also a favorite pastime, and he never missed the Monday night bowling league. He was an avid MSU and Tigers fan, who was rooting for Miggy to hit his 500th home run up until the very end. He is the best Grampa and Papa who taught us the joys of gardening, how to ride bikes/tie shoes and enjoy ice cream with Googly Eyes from Ball’s. He will be dearly missed.
Memorial contributions can be made to a group of your choice that you think Paul would support, as long as it is not the Lowell Showboat (please). A memorial celebration of life will take place in the summer of 2022.