Gary Noller (1941-2022) ran Angus cattle farm


Gary Noller began his career in general contracting at the age of nine, sweeping floors and picking up tools, working alongside his father in the new business in Rockton: Noller and Sons. Gary worked in the family business for nearly fifty years, building new homes as well as operating a plumbing and heating service business.

Gary died May 20, 2022 in Beloit Memorial Hospital after a brief illness, at the age of 80. He was born June 29, 1941 in Lena, IL to Allen and Esther (Trost) Noller. Gary lived all his life in Rockton and graduated from Hononegah High School in 1959.

Gary married Jerrianna "Jerri" Ritter on December 3, 1966 at the Rockton United Methodist Church. They have always lived in the Rockton area. He served in the Illinois National Guard and was discharged as a staff sergeant. His unit was dispatched to Belvidere for tornado assistance in 1967, and to Chicago during the riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  in 1968. Gary and Jerri also own and operated Noller's Angus Cattle Farm in Rockton and their farm in Tennessee.

In Gary's early years, he enjoyed his annual fishing trips to Canada, his antique cars, snowmobiling, deer, duck and pheasant hunting and trapping. He was a lover of nature and could pick out any bird, waterfall or tree he came upon. More than anything, he enjoyed his years raising Angus cattle. He was a regular at many Angus cattle sales over the years. Gary was a lifelong member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever.

Gary is survived by his wife Jerri; brother Mike; sisters in laws Sandra Schroeder and Kath Ritter, a niece and great nephew, several cousins and many friends.

He is predeceased by his parents.

A funeral ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2022 in McCorkle Funeral Home - Rockton Chapel, 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton, IL with Rev. Dan Herman and pastor Cal Schaver co-officiating. Burial will be in Rockton Township Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers, you may send memorials to the Rockton Rescue Squad.

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