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Archie Noble Retires after 18 Years in USD 343

May 25, 2019

Archie was born in Missouri and fondly remembers his time on the farms his family owned. He helped to work on the farms doing many different jobs like milking the cows with his grandmother, pumping water for the livestock, and taking care of the various other animals and crops on the property. He remembers how cold the water was from the tin cup they had to drink out of while working, “so cold it would hurt your teeth.” During the school year Archie attended school in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1954.

After high school Archie worked at the theaters in downtown Lawrence working himself all the way up to a manager’s position. When they went bankrupt he worked for the same people running a root beer stand. He found his job hauling milk after this working for 10-12 different companies like Dairy Queen, grocery stores, etc. in Eudora, Baldwin, De Soto, Tonganoxie, Linwood, and Lawrence to name a few. This job required Archie to be away from home for many hours at a time. He credits his wife for her hard work in keeping the family on their farm. At the age of 62 Archie retired but soon ran into Bill Culver who convinced him to come work for USD 343 as a custodian.

Archie is a huge supporter of our students and our teachers. He can always be found with a smile on his face and a story to tell. “I’ve had a good life and have enjoyed working here. The teachers, the kids, the principals, they’re all great people.”

When asked about what he will do with his time now Archie responded that he wasn’t sure but that he would probably spend time with his son working on one of their 4 farms, spend time with his 2 daughters, his 4 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. He is looking forward to more family dinners on Sundays.

Everyone from USD 343, especially the PLMS staff, wishes Archie the best in his retirement and we are sure he will come around to tell a few more stories, share a meal, and forever be a part of our school family.

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