Pastor Noel to organise Joh funeral
GLADSTONE Lutheran Pastor Noel Noack will look after every detail of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's funeral, as his son-in-law.
Last week was spent organis- ing the funeral service, a respon- sibility placed on Pastor Noel by Sir Joh before his death.
'I put the service together with Sir Joh's wishes. Hymns. He loved hymns,' Pastor Noel said.
'He told me he wanted 'To God Be The Glory' and Psalm 121 which reminded him of the Bunya Mountains... but the rest he said 'You'll see that everything is done right won't you'.
'I've done other large funeral services but this will be unique.
'In one sense I wanted to sit with the family... but his father was a pastor so we were close like that.'
Much like his wife Meg, Sir Joh's daughter, Pastor Noel be- came close through airplane flights they shared together.
'Even before we were married he would say to me 'Noel, do you want to come for a fly?' and we'd get off early in the morning.
'He just flew for the sheer joy and I enjoyed it immensely. The funeral will be something that he would have enjoyed.
There will be so many friends and family that are coming.
'He really was a people person. We'll be there with people who meant a lot to him and who he meant a lot to.'
The funeral service will be con- ducted at Kingaroy Town Hall at 1pm today.
It will be led by Reverend Lou Pfeiffer and later Pastor Noel will read the Gospel lesson and lead the prayers.