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Farewell John Noveske, We Are Diminished…

By Bryan Black

Noveske Memorial Fund

Many of you are already aware, but it’s with a heavy heart that I share the news here of John Noveske’s passing on Friday. He was involved in a fatal vehicle accident and will be greatly missed. A true pioneer of this industry and a tremendous innovator. Fair winds and following seas, John.

John is survived by his wife and three children. Rob Curtis of Gear Scout spearheaded an online memorial and we encourage you to donate so that his family will continue to be provided for and taken care of.

 [Click here to donate to the Noveske Memorial Fund]

John Noveske Remembered by Noveske Rifleworks

Those interested in learning more about the history of John Noveske and Noveske Rifleworks, here is an excerpt from their  catalog:

My Father, John Noveske Sr., raised my brother and I to honor God, to understand fundamental American principles, and to use and respect firearms. As children, we had access to firearms at all times. Our dad trusted us, and we never let him down. At age 13, I was issued a rack grade M1 Garand with 88 rds per week from the DCM and began shooting High Power Rifle matches. This was my only sport growing up, and a private one. I soon realized I probably was not going to be an Astronaut, and decided the best place for me was in the Army.

After the Army, I thought hard about what to do for a living, and figured making rifles was the best thing for me. A seemingly intangible dream was quickly realized when Chris Dichter, owner of PAC-NOR Barreling in Brookings, Oregon, hired me and I began making rifle barrels. The passion went into overdrive. I had a great time there and learned a lifetime of information. In the spring of 2001, I moved back to Grants Pass, Oregon, started my business in my Dad’s garage, fixed up our 80 year old house, married Lorina at a shotgun wedding, and she had our first baby shortly thereafter.

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  • Raven

    We have lost a true inventor and a patriot. We are less of a nation without you, John.

  • John Noveske Sr.

    Thanks for your kind words about my son. He was my world and I am missing him so much. Knowing that there are others like you that also care for him has been my only comfort.

    • Kelly Black

      Mr. Noveske, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are truly sorry for your loss.

    • Chris Cleve

      Sir, you have my deepest condolences, and though I’m sure those words ring hollow, my heart is heavy for you and your family. You obviously did an outstanding job in raising your boys, and you deserve to be commended sir. Again, our prayers are w/ you and yours. God Bless.

    • Billy Noveske

      I sent you an email about a year ago asking about the Noveske family out in Oregon. You were so gracious to reply right away. I am horribly sorry for your loss. All the Noveske’s in Ohio are keeping you in our prayers. God Bless you guys!

    • William McDonald

      Mr Noveske, there are really no words I can offer that could express my deepest sympathy. I met your son on the river, and would stop and visit with him many times on the beach. He was one of the most intriguing people I have ever met, and I will miss him greatly. I manufacture hammer forge mandrels, some of which are used for his barrels, and every mandrel I make will now remind me of the great Man, Father, Husband, and Inventor he was…. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

      Wm McDonald
      Rogue Systems Inc

    • SCOTT


  • Brav0Charlie

    Mr. Noveske,

    From our family to yours, our heartfelt condolences. You and your family/friends are in our thoughts and prayers each night.

  • Victor

    I was deeply saddened to learn of John’s sudden passing last Saturday at 1:00 pm. I always admired him and still have the upper I bought from him at a time when very few people even new about this brand. With that said I wish to give condolences to his wife, children and parents. His name will always live on for those lucky enough to have met him or at least caught a glimpse of his greatness on the many things that came out of his shop and hands. Victor

  • I had no idea that John Noveske was my age; I send my condolences to his family, friends, and loyal customers. Semper Fidelis, and Fair winds and following seas.

  • Billy Noveske

    Words cannot express my grief and sympathy to lose a family member. Even though I never met John personally, I have heard so many good things about him and his core values. My heart hurts for you and all involved. May God keep and bless you during this difficult time.

  • Mikey

    My family will keep your family in our prayers for a long time. Peace be with you.

  • Trey Odom

    Mr. Noveske,
    My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I cannot imagine what you must be going through. Please take comfort in the fact that John left an indelible mark on the the landscape. His passion and commitment to excellence will forever be embodied through the fine firearms that will be treasured for generations among American Patriots and Warriors.

    I hope this is not inappropriate to include, but I would encourage everyone to take a look at the last bit of information Mr. Noveske posted online. There are parasites embedded deep within our government who care nothing for the values that real Americans hold sacred. We are simply tools to them. Please visit Oathkeepers.org.

  • Dennis & Glenda

    Wrong time for this passing over. Our hearts just break for this family’s loss. We are blessed to have had the privilege to know John, for to short a time.
    There are some things you will never get over, you get through. Allow grief her time.

  • Hung Nguyen

    My condolences to John’s family!

  • Shane Evans

    Mr. Noveske,
    Know that as a Deputy in S. Louisiana, I did not have much discretionary income for a patrol rifle. I did insist on at least one Noveske part for my rifle, which was promptly renamed the flaming pig by my SWAT teammates upon that parts installation… It led that team on over 100 successful high risk entries, and I will never part with it. Thanks for sharing your son with all of us.

  • Ches

    John, I’m so sorry for your loss. What a great family you raised. Very few could today can rank as a true American patriot and innovator as your son has and will always be. Although I never met the two of you, I recall how impressed you were of his accomplishments. I pray his legacy continues.

  • Mark K

    Noveske family:

    To lose a loved one; a son, a father, and husband- a tragic loss- my sympathies. Please remember the good times.

    I will never sell my N4.

  • Dave King

    Noveske Family,
    My deepest condolences to all of you. My father died in an auto accident when I was young, and like John, there isn’t a person or thing that can replace him. He must have been a great man to have left an impression on so many people. I’m not much for magazines & I never met John, but when I saw an issue of Recoil with his personal SBR, I swooped it up because I knew that to ignore any of John’s opinions would be foolish of me. You will be in my heart and my prayers. Stay strong and keep God in your lives.

    Fellow Americans,
    As we fumble around in our comfortable lives, always remember John and the heroes like him that fought and are fighting for our country. Never relinquish your liberties. Raise your children with even half of the principles that John Sr. raised his, and we might have a shot at preserving what has been earned by our forefathers. God Bless.

  • Clint Ellis GSCS (SW) USN

    I am sorry for your family’s loss and the loss to the industry. As a fellow Oregonian and military man I feel your loss. My deepest condolences.
    Fair winds and following seas

    Clint Ellis

  • Louis Triana

    God bless John and his family. I’m proud to own a couple of his creations and promise to uphold his beliefs with those weapons. America is still ours with a little help from our friends. Blessings.

  • jc

    How can I become a registered gun owner? Im a single mom in NYC.
    Obama is leading us into oblivion. God bless your son. I 1st heard about him on Youtube.

  • Dustin H

    I’m very sad that today I learned John N. had passed away! You have my deepest condolences. As an immigrant from where citizens are not allowed to own firearm, I appreciate this country offer me freedom and great opportunities in life and I’m greatfully that I own a few pieces of his creation including my most favorite 300AAC SBR. I will truly keep it for my lifetime as in the memory of a great American inventor… I’m very sorry for your family loss. God bless you all!!!

  • MRAD

    I just read about the unfortunate accident. There was never a finer weapons maker in the bussiness.

    I am waiting on my first Noveske lower (gen II) so i can start my next build. I hope i can do him some justice.

  • Fed Leo

    Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Noveske Family. We all feel you loss, RIP John you are an American Patriot!

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