Noel Emery Vieten

    Noel Emery Vieten of Leslie, Missouri, was born on October 26, 1940 in Leslie, Missouri to Emery and Hazel (Bell) Vieten and passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the age of 78 years.

    He was born on his family’s farm, where he was raised and continued to live until his passing. Noel attended school in Spring Bluff and Sullivan, Missouri graduating High School in 1958.
    He was very involved in Franklin County 4-H during his youth and continued to serve in many areas of their program, including participating on the judging team.
    Noel purchased his first tractor when he was in the eighth grade and paid for it himself. He attended and graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia where he met Mary Bruns. They dated through college and on a very hot day in 1962, graduated together. Noel with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Mary with a Teaching Degree.
    Noel and Mary were united in marriage on May 12, 1962.
    Noel continued working in the family Dairy business until 1999, when he moved on to Beef cattle. Noel attended and was a long-time member of Evergreen Baptist Church in Leslie.
    He was an active member of the Farm Bureau for 49 years, the Guernsey Breeders Association, Awarded State Farmer in FFA, served on the Dairy Judging team for FFA and Missouri University and awarded Franklin County Farm Family of the year in 1971. He and his family attended and showed cows in many county fairs in the area, including Cuba, Washington, Sullivan, New Haven, Springfield and the Sedalia State Fair.  
    He enjoyed traveling to farm conventions and vacationing.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Emery and Hazel Vieten; and two brothers-in-law, John Campbell and Cordell Bruns.
    He is survived by his wife, Mary (Bruns) Vieten of Leslie, Missouri; three sons: David Vieten and wife Shelly of Sullivan, Missouri, Benjamin Vieten of Leslie, Missouri and John Vieten (Beth Bailey) of Leslie, Missouri; three step-grandchildren, Jennifer Moreland and husband Joe of Cuba, Missouri, Chloe Griffith of Columbia, Missouri and Calie Griffith of Sullivan, Missouri; two step-great-grandchildren, Lexi and Aiden Moreland; two sisters, Eunice Campbell of Columbia, Missouri and Dolores Bell Williams and husband Charles of Sunrise Beach, Missouri; other relatives and friends.     
    Visitation as held from 4:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
    Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
    Interment followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Leslie, Missouri.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, Missouri.