Myron Clarence Noble, age 81, passed away at 5:50 p.m. on March 22, at his home in South Bend, Indiana. A Purdue University mechanical engineer by degree and builder by nature, Noble bought a small TV antenna manufacturer with a handful of employees in 1972, and built PiRod into a leading telecommunications tower company with 350 colleagues and co-workers.
Scott A. Krouse, Director of Wireless Industry Network (WIN) said Mr. Noble was lovingly known as “The King” and even had a parking spot sign that said so.
A collector of hats, Krouse said he once put on a pope’s hat during a teleconference with the Valmont Board of Directors.
“He treated all of his employees with respect,” Krouse told Inside Towers, “but would also tell them the latest joke in his arsenal of humor. He was one of the most generous men you could ever meet,” he said.
“If someone was selling Girl Scout cookies, he’d likely just give them a $50 bill and never order the cookies. He was always coming around the office with a box of cookies, donuts, pie or other sweets. He was admired by competitors, installers and engineers alike, as he would often share insights with them for the sake of industry safety. He was a mentor, an inspiration and a friend to many, many people in the tower industry. He leaves a huge legacy and will be greatly missed,” Krouse said.
A celebration of life memorial service will take place at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Notre Dame Stadium in the Dahnke Ballroom on the Seventh Floor of Duncan Student Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Myron may be made to: A Rosie Place for Children, 53131 Quince Road, South Bend, Ind. 46628, named in honor of Myron’s beloved wife Rosie.
April 2, 2019