Herbert “Herb” Elsworth Noakes, Jr., of League City, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2023 in League City, Texas at the age of 78. He was born on January 12, 1945 in Alice, Texas to Herbert Elsworth and Irene Noakes.
Upon completion of his military service, Herb started an aerospace career in Houston at the Johnson Space Center (then known as the Manned Spacecraft Center). He first worked for Link Aerospace in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate on the Lunar Module Simulator (LMS). He left Link and in 1969 joined NASA in the Aircraft Operations Division (AOD) as a Quality Assurance Specialist. There he served as a Flight Engineer on NASA 2, the Gulfstream 1 executive aircraft. During his time at AOD he also worked on the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle (LLTV) Project and the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) Project. In 1991, he joined the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate in Procurement Quality of the Quality Assurance and Engineering Division. In 1992 he was made Special Assistant to the Product Assurance Branch of the Quality Assurance Division. In 1994 until his retirement in 2000, he was the offsite NASA Quality Assurance Liaison to Krug Engineering.
Following his NASA retirement, Herb continued his aerospace career for 6 years as a Quality Engineer withthe Boeing Company.
Herb was preceded in death by his wife Nedra Noakes.
He is survived by his son Cameron Noakes and his wife Krista. grandsons Drake and Quinn and granddaughter Kara; daughter Kimberly Noakes and granddaughter Emily Noakes
The Family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 3, 2023 at 11:00am with a Ceremony at 12:00pm at Crowder Funeral Home, 1645 East Main, League City, Texas 77573 with Deacon Russ Carroll officiating. Interment will follow the ceremony at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.