Gaylen Francis Noldner


October 16, 1943 - August 6, 2011


Gaylen Francis Noldner, son of John and Beryl (Newsam) Noldner, was born in Pierre, SD on October 16, 1943. He was baptized and was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church north of Murdo, SD.

Gaylen married his high school sweetheart, Mary Tornow, on February 27, 1961. After graduating from Murdo High School in 1961, he worked on the family farm for a year and then the Clarence Noldner farm for two years. They then moved to town where he worked at the John Deere Implement for 7 years and Corky’s Auto Supply for 18 years. In 1988, they moved to Mitchell where Gaylen worked for 15 years at Trail King. He retired in April 2004.

All who knew Gaylen remember him as being a very special friend. His greatest joy was spending time talking to friends and family. He loved visiting with his grandchildren and was so proud of all of them. He was looking forward to the birth of his first great-grandchild. During his battle with cancer, Gaylen gave his life to the Lord. His daily phone conversations became his outreach to others, and a comfort and blessing to him.

Grateful to have shared in his life are his wife of 50 years, Mary, Mitchell; children: Tami (Scott) Holbeck of Armour; Tracy (Terri) Noldner of Sioux Falls; Toby (Jenny) Noldner of Sioux Falls; grandchildren: Michael (Christi), Craig, Michelle, Collin, Austin, Whitney, Sam, and Jason; his sister, Belva (Dale) Sassman, Rapid City; mother-in-law, Alice Tornow, Chattanooga, TN; sisters-in-law Marlys Tornow, Cheyenne, WY and Joyce (Don) Dick, Chattanooga, TN; brother-in-law Larry (Susan) Tornow, Leesberg, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beryl, father-in-law Frank Tornow, and brother-in-law Laverne Tornow.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gaylen's name to the Mitchell American Cancer Society and the Mitchell Heart and Sole Cancer Walk.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, August 10, 2011
7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ Celebration of Life
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Murdo City Cemetery
Thursday, August 11, 2011 ~ 11:00 AM
Murdo, South Dakota

entry posted by Linda on 08-16-2011
I'm sorry to hear for your loss. I found this bible verse to give a measure of comfort and hope when I had lost someone to death.

Revelation 21:4
entry posted by Kent Newsam on 08-15-2011
There's nothing to say about your loss...nothing can make it hurt any less......but what a wonderful being.I was so lucky to know Gaylen.Though we didn't see each other often,each time he taught me what it was to love someone unconditionally.That is what I always received from him.I only hope I can carry that with me to those of us that remain.Love and Prayers ......Kent
entry posted by Cherilee Newsam on 08-11-2011
Dear Mary and family, I am a cousin of Gaylen and Belva and even though I did not know him well, I can see that he was loved by many. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of his family and friends.
entry posted by Fred and Sue LaQua on 08-11-2011
Tracy, Terri, Colin and Austin,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May wonderful memories soon ease your pain. May God keep you in his loving care.
entry posted by Percy and Lenice Tornow on 08-10-2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. May the Lord give you the strength to meet the challenging times ahead. Gaylen is now "home" and in the company of his Lord.
entry posted by Rod and Linda Gustad, Anna and Laura on 08-10-2011
Mary, Tami, Tracy, and Toby and families,
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We're sending wishes of comfort and and peace, and huge hugs to each of you. We treasure our memories of Gaylen and many happy times with him and you, playing cards, talking, and laughing together.
Linda, Rod, Anna, and Laura
entry posted by Joyce on 08-10-2011
Mary, Tami, Tracy, Toby , and families
My heart and prayers are with you all. May God continue to surround you with his love and comfort. Gaylen had a special gift for conversation and building relationships. He was truly interested in other people and could share anecdotes and stories that uplifted and cheered. My special memories include our tripto Dollywood with Grandma T, going to Disneyworld, his dill pickle treats, and his hospitality. His courage and determination during his illness have been an inspiration a message to all of us. He had learned what was most important in life - enjoying his family and friends and living fully each day.
entry posted by Alice Tornow, Jim and Valerie Hunt and family on 08-09-2011
We love you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish we could be there with you and give you hugs in person. We will all miss Gaylen. We're glad we had him as son-in-law/uncle for as long as we did. He was a blessing in our lives and will hold a special place in our hearts. We were so comforted to hear that he had committed his life to Christ. Now we know we will see him again.
entry posted by Lyle & Lynn Reynolds on 08-09-2011
Mary and family:
So sorry to hear the news about Gaylen. There are so many fond memories of when we were kids growing up and all the good times we had with Gaylen, Bernie, Dennis, and Rodney, especially in the winter with the old homemade toboggan. It was a special time. May all the memories of the good times comfort all of you at this time.
entry posted by Kathy Newsam Stratton on 08-09-2011
Mary and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of Gaylen and all of my cousins that I grew up with in South Dakota. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
entry posted by Ken and Tammy Mosser on 08-09-2011
Tracy, Terri, and all the Noldner family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers! We are praising God for His work in Gaylen's life and the promise of life everlasting! We are praising Him that there will be a wonderful reunion and celebration in heaven, but while we are this side of heaven, we are praying you know God's peace that passes all understanding during this time of sorrow and loss! The LORD is holding you and we pray you feel His comforting arms!!!
entry posted by Terry Sullivan on 08-08-2011
Tracy and Family,

I am sorry for you and yours as it's a difficult time when a family experiences the loss of their father/grandfather. May great memories of your Dad/Grandfather last you through your lifetime.
entry posted by Kevin (Smoke) & Lori Lanners on 08-08-2011
Mary and family, we are so sorry for your loss. I remember when Gaylen started at Trail King, him and I hit it off really well, he was kindof a father figure to me while he was at Trail King, since my dad had passed away 4 years earlier. He was very proud of his family, he talked about you guys all the time. He will always have a special place in my heart.
entry posted by Terri and Rick Jensen family on 08-08-2011
Tracy, Terri, Collin, and Austin,
Please know that you and your family are all in our prayers! We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
With love and hugs, God Bless.
entry posted by Bonnie Teeman on 08-08-2011
Dear Tracy, Terri, Collin and Austin,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. My prayers for the whole Noldner Family.
Love, Bonnie
entry posted by Nancy Lewis on 08-08-2011
So sorry to hear about your dad Tracy
entry posted by Linda Lee on 08-08-2011
Gaylen was a good cousin, and I was so happy to reconnect with him and Mary during these last few years and to meet Tracy who used to beat me and his grandmother, Alice in every game we ever played with him.

He was very courageous during his illness which will be a great legacy for all his family.

All my love and prayers.

entry posted by Tania & Jerry Kraus on 08-08-2011
Tracy, Terri, Collin and Austin,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad/Grandfather. He is in a better place where there is no pain. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
entry posted by Nancy Gacke on 08-08-2011

So sorry to hear about your father. Remember the dashes in his life, the years between 1943-2011 and all of the wonderful times you had with him during those years. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
entry posted by Jeff and Jean Schlepp on 08-08-2011
Tracy, Terri, Collin and Austin,
We are so sorry to hear of the death of your Father/Grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the Lord's blessing be with you.
entry posted by Vicki Fitz on 08-08-2011
Tracy & family:
My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Peace & prayers...
entry posted by Joyce (Judd) Hazelbaker on 08-08-2011
Mary and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss and am sorry I could not make it back to have seen Gaylen before his passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. God Bless All of You.
entry posted by DiAnn Kothe on 08-08-2011
Tracy and family,

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I know from personal experience how difficult it is to lose a parent.

In the quiet moments as the days go by, may you find comfort in the beautiful memories you will keep forever.

May God grant you peace and hold you in the palms of his hands during this difficult time..
entry posted by Linda Johnson on 08-08-2011
Tracy, Terri and Colin and Austin,

I am so very sorry to hear the news of your father. I can scarcely imagine how difficult a time this must be. You are in my thoughts and prayers and have my deepest sympathy.

If there is anything related to STI that you need me to do, please let me know.

God Bless you and wrap you in his care through this time.

entry posted by Mick and Marilyn Penticoff on 08-07-2011
Mary - Tami - Tracy - Toby

Words alone cannot express how appreciative I was to be a part of Gaylen's life, especially the last 2-3 years. The phone calls back and forth created lots of laughs and memories. I will miss our conversations. I know the pain you must feel with his loss, but he's done suffering now. God Bless you.
entry posted by CJ and Loretta REA on 08-07-2011
Sorry for your loss will always remember our phone conversations and reunion talks
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