Obituary: Noel Michael Billups (Oct. 18, 1921 – Jan. 15, 2014)

By Submitted January 20, 2014 04:49 pm

Noel Michael Billups
Noel Michael Billups
Noel Michael Billups peacefully passed away at home with his daughter at his side. He was born October 18, 1921, in Columbus, Ohio. Growing up in Ohio, Noel started working at 12 years old shoveling coal for 1.5 cents a ton and continued his love of hard work throughout his life. At the age of 17 Noel enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1938 serving tours in Guadalcanal, Rendova, Munda, and ending in Arundel Island. 

He came out to California after the war and was hired as foreman for Sturgis Aircraft. It was there that he met the love of his life, Roberta (Holcomb) Billups. Noel and Robbie were married in Glendale, Calif., in 1953. Shortly after their marriage they started their family, Janet, Kirk, Robin and Troy. In the summer of 1964 the family moved to Crescent City and spent the next 50 years building their memories and friendships. Noel retired as foreman for Del Norte School District Maintenance Department, and he and Roberta spent 25 years traveling the United States visiting friends, enjoying our historical sites and monuments.

Noel was preceded in death by Roberta last March and by his youngest son, Troy, in 1975.

Noel is survived by daughter Robin Tromble and son-in-law Lee Tromble of Crescent City, daughter Janet Billups of Portland, and son Kirk Billups of Crescent City. He is also survived by grandchildren Paul Tromble and wife Nichole of Crescent City, Chris Billups and partner Kayla Lyon of Crescent City, Amy Suschnick and husband Randy of Chico and Evan Billups of Portland. His great-grandchildren are Lindsey Early, Christopher Billups, Ahri and Riley Suschnick and Collin Tromble.

Noel was known to all for his love of God, family and country. Noel was always ready to help and always had a hug for anyone who entered his home. There was a deep love of life and commitment to family which he passed on to all.

We will say our good-byes to Noel during a graveside service at the Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 11 a.m. Fellowship immediately following at the Crescent City Seventh-day Adventist fireside room.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.