Denis Gene Noblett, 85, Belle, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at SSM Health St. Mary’s hospital in Jefferson City.
He was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Maries County, a son to the late James Henry and Gladys Edna (Bell) Noblett.
He was united in marriage to Dorthaleen E. “Dot” Ridenhour, July 25, 1954, at the Vienna Methodist Church. Dorthaleen preceded him in death on August 17, 2017.
Gene was a lifetime area resident and attended the Belle First Baptist Church. He owned and operated Noblett Charcoal in the Belle area for over 40 years making lump charcoal. He owned and operated many small businesses throughout the Belle area including the Fina filling station and tire shop, a restaurant, and a general store. Gene wasn’t afraid of hard work and it showed in his many successful businesses.
Gene was a very active member of the Belle area. He coached Koury Ball League and played slow pitch softball in both the men’s and coed leagues. He also sponsored many other teams over the years. Gene donated much of his time to the school system on many occasions, serving as the custodian for a time as well as driving a bus on routes and taking the kids to ball games. He served on the volunteer fire department in the 70’s and took part in setting up for the Belle Fair for many years. Gene enjoyed trucks, country music, watching westerns and the news, playing pool and watching basketball and Cardinal baseball. He was a selfless, loyal, and honest man who always put others needs before his own. Gene was a devoted husband and father who loved helping and taking care of his family and will be missed greatly by his family, community and anyone that knew and loved him.
Gene is survived by four children Jeanette Struemph of Belle, Linda Mitchell and her husband “Pudd” of Belle, Dennis Noblett and his wife April of Belle and Kenny Noblett and Jolynn Moreland of Jefferson City; 10 grandchildren, Kirt, Dustin, Jessi, Amber, Jamie, Judy, Abbi, Tyler, Emma and Amber; 20 great-grandchildren, Madi, Corina, Cheyenne, Koda, Kelhen, Kandyn, Maycie, Karsen, Natalie, Garrett, Riley, Reagan, Taylor, Logan, Lucas, Braxton, Makenna, Aubrey, Millie and Marla; two great-great-grandchildren, Delcie and Riverlyn; as well as many extended family members and friends.
In addition to his wife Dorthaleen of 62 years, Gene was preceded in death his parents, James and Gladys; four sisters, Allene Dunham, Judy Twehus, Jeanette Noblett and Mary Lammers; and two brothers, James “Lee” Noblett and Bud Noblett.
Visitation for Gene will be held from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Belle First Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 12 p.m. with pastor Robert Trigo officiating. Interment will be in Countryside Memorial Gardens near Bland. The public is invited to attend while following social distancing guidelines. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Belle First Baptist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Sassmann’s Chapel of Belle.