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“Watch his hunting videos for many years he was a great outdoors men. One of my hero's RIP red ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Anthony Stepanski - Pittston, PA

“Condolences to his family. Noel & I met in the mid 50s through Archery. I must say, we shared many adventures & laughs in our younger years. May the...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: John Law - Friend

“I watched Noel's videos of bow hunting many years ago when I was just starting. I would have enjoyed meeting him. Sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Rob Rondeau - Student

4 of 13 | Posted by: Billy Grose,jr - Procious, WV

“Enjoy his hunting videos over the years. Still have the ones I bought. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Carl Pate - Williamstown

“Very sad to hear, put me in shock this morning as i read about your passing. Dan and you are THE ones who inspired a generation of videographers in...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Charles Jones - Friend

“I am so sorry for your loss, Noel was a true pioneer to Bowhunting and truly left his mark on me Thank you Noel ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Mike Vassar - Friend

“So sorry to hear this he was a great guy ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Connie Bentley westfall - IL

“May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: John Mc Ateer - Friend

“He was a good bowhunter, and loved to rattle bucks. RIP ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Barry Zortman - Hanover, PA

“I had the pleasure of spending a week in Illinois on a bow hunt guided by Dave. Noel came in to hunt as well. What a legend. The stories and the...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jason Piot - Friend

“RIP Noel it was great spending time with you back in late 80s and early 90s .Learning about Deer Hunting thank you Sir ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Roger Hooten - Friend

“I was so sorry to hear the news. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Connie Heinze - Jefferson City, MO

Noel Albert Feather, Jr., 84, of Rock Falls, IL, passed away peacefully January 6, 2021, surrounded by his family.

The eldest son of Noel Sr. and Opal (Lamb) Feather, Noel was born April 11, 1936, in Fairfield, IL, the family then moving to Sterling, IL, where he spent most of his life. In later years, he and his wife Sue wintered in Florida. He retired from NW Steel and Wire after 30 years.

Noel was an avid sportsman and bow hunter. He spent many years honing his skills and providing guidance to other hunters. The author of "Battling Bucks," and the host of a multitude of hunting instructional videos, Noel pioneered a method of antler rattling and deer calls used to this day by deer hunters. He guided many hunts over the years, and his own hunts took him as far as Africa, Russia and Alaska. He also loved horses, training and trading many over the years, and loved to fish.

He was a family man, who enjoyed his large family every chance he had. Christmas Eve parties, barbeques and family dinners were always raucous, joyful affairs. He loved country music and Westerns. Old Marshal Dillon never knew a better friend; there wasn't an episode of "Gunsmoke" or a John Wayne movie he couldn't describe the entire plot of at the drop of a hat. And speaking of hats, he was never far from his beloved Stetson, or a camouflage baseball cap.

Noel is survived by his wife, Sue (Tuggle) Feather; three daughters Debbie (Pete) Gustafson, Kristine Warner and Sharon (Tim) Dietz and son Shane (Jennifer) Feather; step-daughter Kathy DeBord, step-son Mark (Lisa) DeBord; sisters Jean Pearson and Delores (Rusty) Fulfs; grandchildren Heath (Beth) Warner, Sarah Dietz, Shauna Gustafson, Kyle (Amy) Gustafson, Dana Dietz, Ian Gustafson and Ryan Dietz, Chris DeBord, Jennifer Collett, Amber DeBord and Stacy DeBord; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Donald and Billy, and Gerald, in infancy, and step-son Rob DeBord.

The family would like to thank Rock River Valley Hospice, and all the nurses, CNAs and caregivers that were so kind and helpful in Noel's final days. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice House of the Rock River Valley. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded.