– Jerry, 78, died October 20 in Salem. He was born in
Visalia CA, to Ada (Christensen) and Wilbur Noack. Jerry
married Rita Watts June 17, 1961 in Reno, NV, she preceded him
in death on November 12, 2015. His family moved to
Stayton when he was a child, and he graduated from Stayton
High School in 1957. Jerry joined the Army and served
active duty from 1957-1960, reserves for a year after that and
was honorably discharged.
was trained as a lithographer and Cartographer in
the Army and spent much of his service time in Europe taking
pictures from planes of the different areas and making
maps from those pictures. It
was there that he learned to run large, 4 color printing
presses and was a certified pressman.
could build anything and although he didn't read or write
well, would thoroughly research anything he had an inkling to
make. He was always a big kid at heart and loved joking
around. In the late 70's, Jerry, decided to learn to weld
and took classes at OSU, where he was working as a
printer, and to learn the farrier trade. He opened
"Jerry's Ornamental Iron Works" shortly afterward.
Jerry came from a family of artists and that skill didn't miss
him. Aside from doing the welding for his shop, he also did
all the design work for customers and started doing metal
artwork, the kind you hang on the wall. He also did beautiful
leather work, making saddles, belts and even his own leather
and mom used to hit the craft show circuits where he took his
scroll saw and would cut out your name (in cursive) from
a single piece of wood while you waited. He did all of the
wood work for Moms crafts as well. It was funny, in 2015, when
mom was sick, even with the dementia, he decided my
cousin Susan needed her name in wood and after having my
daughter trace it onto the wood, he went out to the garage and
10 minutes later, back in he came, with Susan's name perfectly
cut out... He could barely walk, had a tremor that made
writing almost impossible and couldn't remember how to
drive, but could do THAT with the precision he had 20
the 80's he went to Saudi Arabia and trained men on how to
work the big 4 color presses. It was there that he learned the
art of moonshine, making his own still and
perfecting his recipe. Apparently in a country where alcohol
is prohibited, there was quite the demand for it and he did
his part to fulfill the need. I'd only seen him
drink alcohol (and be drunk) twice in my life, but he always
had a jar of the 'shine tucked away for anyone who visited to
sample. After returning from Saudi Arabia for good in 1985,
Jerry worked for Advertising West until he retired. I'm sorry,
I couldn't tell you the year he finally had to give it up for
good. Between the tremors he developed after his stroke and
his memory, the jobs just became less and less.
and mom moved back to the Stayton area in 1990, where they
lived until her passing in 2015. Jerry did not want a service.
His final wishes were to be cremated and his ashes to
spread over the Santiam Pass. North
Santiam Funeral Service is handling the services.
is survived by his daughters; Tina Greiner of Albany and Traci
Sauls of Culver: grandsons; Brandon Noack (wife Jessica) of
Madras, William Soto of Albany, Jared Hettick of San Diego, CA
and granddaughter Katherine Greiner of Vancouver, WA. Even
though it drove his grandkids nuts, he always responded to an
"I love you poppa" with "I love you Bookoo."
I think he picked it up in France (funny, he HATED Paris). A
friend offered that "If you didn't get to know him,
you missed out." He really was quite the character.