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Services for Donald R. Noftsger, 84, of Melcher-Dallas was held Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas. Interment followed at the Dallas Cemetery. Family received friends on Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the Melcher-Dallas Fire Department.
Donald Robert Noftsger was born June 15, 1932 at home near Melcher-Dallas to George and Thelma Blythe Noftsger. He attended Dallas School through the eighth grade. He then did farm work for neighbors several years and served in the Air Force from July 2, 1952 until July 1, 1956. He was an aircraft mechanic specializing in engines. He served in California, Texas, Florida, and Kansas.  He was married to Cleta Hoch on September 10, 1955. They were blessed with five children: Debbie, Junior, John, Bill, and Sandee.
After returning from Kansas they made their home near Melcher-Dallas. He worked for John Deere for a year, then Paul Gasparovich for 4 years, and the VA in Knoxville for 5 years. He and Cleta then started farming full time in 1966. He had a love for farming from day one. Through hard work and perseverance he made his dream come true. Don built many things on his farm and had a very innovative spirit. He built everything from tools to tractors and if he didn't know how to do it he read about it until he did. He enjoyed improving the land with terraces and tiling projects and loved doing these things with his own dozer and tiling machines. His dog, Snoopy, was his "right hand man" on the farm. Snoop would go get Cleta in the house if Don was working in the shop, he'd go everywhere on the 4 wheeler with him, and Don even let him drive the tractor.
Don loved taking pictures as he had an eye for capturing special moments and doing creative things with the camera. Another passion was the CB radio and the HAMM radio; he talked to people all over the world from his house, tractor, and combine through call letters K0MFW. People all over enjoyed his great ability to tell a story and his art of conversation. The outdoors was always special to Don. He trapped and hunted to help provide for his family in the early years and loved to teach his children how to hunt.
Above all else, Don was a family man. He was a man who wanted the best for his family. Through his teachings and life lessons each of his children would become people of integrity, good values and moral character, and hard workers.
Don passed away November 5, 2016 at the age of 84. He will be missed by his wife of 61 years, Cleta; his children: Debbie (Will) Bell, Donald (Mary Jo) Noftsger Jr., John (Beverly) Noftsger, and Sandee (Rod) Bodholdt; 14 grandchildren: Chrissi, Erin, Valen, Michael, Josh, Kristen, Danielle, Rebekah, Andrew, Bethany, Anna, Mary, Tayler and Allye; 9 great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Don was preceded in death by his son, Bill in July of 2016; and his sister, Dolores Schrader in 2010.
Published on November 11, 2016
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