Philip S. Noe was born December 29, 1931, the youngest of 4 boys, and entered eternity on May 9, 2014. He was married May 17, 1952 to the love of his life, Barbara Love Welmaker. He was Born Again as a youth, filled with Holy Spirit in 1980, and spread the Gospel all of his adult life. Phil longed to see the Face of God & his life-long dream has now come true. He finally got to “Fly Away,” and yes, he’s “Feelin’ Mighty Fine!”
At age 10 he was sought by the Denison High School to play in the band, ‘cus man, he could play those drums! After graduating from Denison High in 1948, he attended SMU, Midwestern and Texas University before joining the US Air Force. From 1951-1963, Phil served in the USAF, in Waco, Texas, Fairborn, Ohio, and Cocoa Beach, Florida with his growing family. He trained as a navigator, retired as a Captain, and returned to Austin to attend graduate school.
After earning his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at UT Austin in 1971, he moved his family to College Station where he taught Digital Design and Navigational Studies at Texas A&M until his retirement.
Dr. Noe worked with NASA on the navigation system for the space shuttle, and with his partners Tom Rhyne and John Painter, trained navigation engineers around the world on the development of GPS systems. He predicted 25 years ago that we would all be holding a GPS device in our hands one day.
Phil loved to sing! He had a wonderful tenor voice and sang in many church choirs, Community Singers, the barbershop quartet The New Notes, and participated in singing events all over the county. He wrote many worship songs and has had several pieces published.
Phil and his wife Barbara attended A&M Methodist, were charter members of Aldersgate Methodist, New Life in Christ, College Heights Assembly, Southern Oaks Baptist, and Grace Bible Church. A course in Evangelism Explosion set his heart on fire to preach the Gospel. He preached in prisons, nursing homes, the classroom–anywhere he found an ear to hear. For 40 years he took his extended family to the Texas Christian Ashram summer camp. Phil was a Gideon and went on mission trips to Korea, Mexico and Russia where 1,000 souls were saved. A friend described his love for the Lord this week: Phil’s witness for the Lord and his walk with Jesus was a beautiful example for family and friends. He touched many lives and his witness will be carried through those for years to touch others. What a blessing Phil’s life was and will be. Take joy, comfort and peace in knowing how so many received the blessing of God’s Salvation due to Phil’s witness.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, his daughters, their husbands and families: Robin Ramsey Gentle (Bryan), Nicki Turman (Scott), Leslie Bruce (Kyle), Jennifer Steffan Edgell (David), and Jessica Steels (Danial). They have 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Grandchildren: Hunter and Amanda Ramsey, Denton and Rachel Ramsey, Christian Ramsey; Joy Elizabeth and Henry Flores, Robin and Nate Barde; Jessica Noe Steels; Leilani Steffan, Sarah Cheek (David), Heather Clouston (Nathanial), Eddie Steffan, and Hannah Steffan. Great Grandchildren: Hudson and Emerson Ramsey, Isabel and Charlie Ramsey; Violet Flores; Sawyer Barde; David Isaiah Cheek, Nathaniel Clouston Jr., Zechariah Clouston, Haley Clouston, and Hudson Clouston; Danial Steels, Jr, Alexya Steels, Jasmyn Steels, and Jaycob Steels.
In the interest of science and as a life-long educator, Phil donated his body to the Texas A&M Medical school. In lieu of a visitation and funeral service, his friends and family will celebrate his life in Austin, Texas at First Presbyterian Church on June 28, 2014 at noon. Please, no flowers! Make a donation instead to the Gideons or any local or international Christian organization.
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Phil has been a very special member of our group of gospel music lovers who meet to sing on Saturday nights at various churches. We loved him and appreciated his devotion to God, his family, and gospel music. We will miss him.
Phil was a sweet, friendly, caring friend. We know he will be missed by everyone.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Noe family. I will miss seeing Phil meet me at the mailbox. always had a positive attitude and nice things to say.
Just found out that our dear friend is blessed to be with Jesus. With fond memories of the many prayer times in his and Barbara’s home in the 80’s…love to the family. May the family know, they are all still forever in our hearts. Alain, Suzi, Matthew & Jen, Peter, Yannick, Kiri, Elijah, and Bastian.
Phil and I were navigator instructors at James Connally AFB for 6 years, partied at lovers leap on the Brazos with our babies, at
the officer’s club and I became friends with brother Clifford Noe for whom I worked and who gave me my business start. I became acquainted with Randall and Paul Noe, all of whom had serious business careers and were icons of their industries. Some fell on hard times. Phillip came to Dallas periodically
and stayed with us briefly. Rest in Peace Phil, and thanks for your special gifts to our country and to our families.
Nicholas D. Ricco USN Retired