Wreaths Across America special to Basin Electric employee

Noel Noakes

Noal Noakes’ new employee photo, 1971.

Noel Noakes served in the Navy from 1952-1956, during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Oriskany, first as a fireman, later in the hydraulics division. Then Noakes was a machinist at Leland Olds Station near Stanton, ND, from 1971-1977.

In 2010, he died and was buried in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.

Noakes’ daughter Michelle Wiedrich, Basin Electric senior administrative assistant, says she’s proud of her dad and thankful for his service to his country. As she places a wreath at his gravesite each year through Wreaths Across America, she’s reminded of how much she misses him. “It’s comforting to see all the other families there for the same reason. This was the first year there were enough donations to put a wreath on every grave in the cemetery. It was beautiful,” she says.

Basin Electric gives $1,500 each year, enough to supply 100 wreaths. There are more than 5,000 headstones at the cemetery.

Michelle Wiedrich

Michelle Wiedrich at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.


  1. Sally and Vernon Smith says:

    We knew and liked Noel very much. We also bought two of the wreaths. Glad there were enough this year.

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