Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Organist ~ Jan Kocer
Soloist ~ Patti Diede
“Come to Jesus”
Solo Accompaniment ~ Karen Rettedal
“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
“Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Noble Erwin Kile was born on Thursday, June 28, 1923 to Rev. Nells and Alma (Rustad) Kile in Bruce, South Dakota. The Kile family moved to Geddes, South Dakota for a time until Rev. Nells retired and the family settled in Minnesota. As a child, Noble gained a nickname that stayed with him through the years, “Nob” or “Nobby.” Starting at a young age as a golf caddy in the 1930s, Noble loved golf and continued this passion throughout his life. The backyard in Detroit Lakes bordered that of the Peterson family and very quickly Nobby and Jimmy Peterson became friends. When the two began grade school, Nobby made a new friend in his class, Dorothy Sealander. He graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1942. Nobby enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on April 6, 1943 at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. During this time, Dorothy was attending Concordia College, but in 1944 was able to join Nobby in Norfolk, Virginia. On March 5, 1944, Noble was united in marriage to Dorothy Sealander in Norfolk. It was again time for Nobby to be deployed, however, he was able to see his son Michael be born and baptized before he left for the Philippine Islands.
During his time in Manilla, Nobby was greatly influenced and strengthened in his faith by an organization of Christian service men, later called the Far Eastern Gospel Crusade. It was at this time he felt called to become a Pastor. God was kind and brought Nobby safely home to be honorably discharged on January 25, 1946. Nobby enrolled in Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he was again reunited with Jimmy who was also beginning his journey into the ministry. Together they graduated from Concordia in 1949 and from Luther Seminary in 1952. Nobby was called to serve six churches: Buffalo, Capital, Gustave, Alma, Ludlow, and Ladner. The family quickly became at home in Buffalo, South Dakota, experiencing the rolling prairie, horses, and wide expanse of miles for the first time. Soon Elizabeth Anne and Barbara Jean joined the family and the Kiles celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. It was at this time that Nobby was called to Wibaux, Montana to serve Trinity and Carlyle congregations. Here the Kiles again shared the joys and sorrows of their people.
After four years a call was accepted to serve Trinity Lutheran Congregation in Cody, Wyoming. For the next eleven years, Nobby served the church in the tourist and oil town, an environment that was new and exciting for the family. Michael graduated high school and enlisted in the military, serving three years in Germany until he was discharged and once again made his home in Cody. Elizabeth graduated high school and married a local boy from Cody with three children being born to this union. Nobby once again received a call, this time to Scotland, South Dakota. Nobby, Dorothy, and Barbara left Cody and made their new home in Scotland where they spent four wonderful years. New friends were made, joy, and sorrows were shared as they worked together in Zion Lutheran Congregation. Barbara graduated high school and married a local boy from Scotland and two children were born to this union. In his twenty-fourth year in the ministry, Nobby accepted a call to Bethany-Belleview Parish in Howard, South Dakota. Once again, Nobby received a call, this time to Custer Lutheran Fellowship in Custer, South Dakota where he would be their pastor for the next twenty years. For about ten years, he would also serve as an associate pastor. Nobby would ultimately faithfully serve his congregations for a combined total of sixty-three years until his retirement.
Noble passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland having attained the age of 92 years, 3 months, and 20 days.
He is survived and remembered by his two daughters: Elizabeth Kile of Kersey, CO and Barbara (Paul) Rokusek of rural Tripp; five grandchildren: Travis, Danielle, Dione, Andrew, and Mark; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one brother John Kile of Carlsbad, CA.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 2007, son Michael in 2003, two sisters, and two brothers.
To God Be the Glory.