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Noli Reyes Mendoza

December 27, 1965 ~ August 15, 2023 (age 57) 57 Years Old


Noli Reyes Mendoza (born 12/27/65) was unexpectedly called to Heaven on Tuesday of this week (8/15/23). Born in Manila, he immigrated with his parents and brother at a young age. He lived in many different states across his 57 years, most notably a two-time Michigan resident, and 18 years spent raising his children in Iowa.  Noli wore many hats in his professional careers; a decorated military veteran with four tours across 20 years of service, custodian for the City of Adrian, work in the restaurant industry, medical professional and former VA administrator in Iowa City, and a high school science teacher. He enjoyed enough in his journey for many lifetimes of adventure.  A charismatic and personable man, Noli was an industrious organizer of Riverside's annual Trekfest. His other hobbies included model-building, screenplay writing, playing guitar and singing, adding to the five languages he spoke, and watching soccer.  Family was the most important part of Noli's life. His pride and joy was his three children–Emily, Jordan, and Nick. His ways of showing love were felt in the small gifts and letters he would send, as well as attending his children's endeavors in gymnastics, soccer, cross country, show choir, musical theater, and more. He delighted in his role as a brother to Noel Mendoza, as an uncle to Ana and Olivia, and great-uncle to Ana's daughter, Emma, with her husband Alex.  Noli Mendoza will be remembered as a devout Catholic, a social butterfly, a lover of theater and music, and a good man. Information on celebrating Noli's life can be accessed on his FaceBook page, which will become a memorial page, with in-person and virtual events being organized by his family. Arrangements with J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian, MI.


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