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Obituary: Noland, Earl J.

Age 88

Earl J.

Passed away peacefully on May 8, 2012 at Sacred Heart Hospial. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and hero. Born to Earl B. and Susan Emily Noland on August 27, 1923. He was raised in Spokane, and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School.
Earl was preceded in death by his son Earl William Noland (Bill); two sisters Lila and Maxine; their husbands; his wife’s brothers, sister and their spouses; and several nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife Beth, sister Jeanne, children: Stephen and daughter-in-law Linda; daughter Emily, daughter-in-law Kathy and grandson William Steven (Bill), his wife Lynn and great-grandson Liam. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and friends that feel like family.
During World War II, Earl served in the Army. He married Lydia E. McBride (Beth), his high school sweetheart, in Pennsylvania before shipping out for Europe. Earl landed on Omaha Beach with the 102nd Infantry Division during the Invasion and made it through France and into Germany before he was wounded.
He returned to Spokane to raise his family with Beth. They have been married for 69 years, raising three children, and enjoying a grandson and a great grandson. With family and friends he shared his love for the beauty of the lakes and outdoors.
Earl shared ownership of McBride Motor Company with his brother-in-law Lee McBride and nephew Paul McBride. They were the first dealership to handle Toyota and Volvo in Spokane. The company was sold in the mid ‘70s. He and Beth enjoyed travel throughout the world. They liked visiting other places and returning to their home in Spokane.
A celebration will be held in honor of Earl’s life at a later date.
Earl, you will be missed and always loved.