Donald Cole

Don Cole, the son of Gilbert and Faye (Bowles) Cole, was born November 15, 1938 at Lohrville, Iowa. Don grew up in Lohrville on a farm helping with the chores and field work. He graduated from the Lohrville High School in 1957, later attended college and then worked at the Lohrville Bank.
On May 28, 1960, Don married Harriett Wilson at the United Methodist Church in Lake City. On the night of their marriage, Harriett and Don left to go to Santa Ana, California where Don had a job in a bank. Don and Harriett were blessed in their marriage with two children; Scott and Terri.
Don served the Lord since 1967. He belonged to the United Foursquare Church in California. With Don, going to church on Sunday was not an option but a must. He loved to do crossword puzzles, working in his yard and traveling through California, Alaska and Hawaii. Don was outgoing and never met a stranger.
In 1976, Don and Harriett bought a flower shop in which they worked side by side in the shop. Due to Harriett’s health issues from contracting polio at the age of eleven, she retired in 1996 and Don ran the shop and lovingly cared for his wife for many years.
In 2003, they made what they considered their best decision; moving back to Iowa. Churdan was the town they picked to make their home for the best, last fourteen years. In their eyes, the people of Churdan and Lohrville were the greatest. Don and Harriett joined the Churdan United Methodist Church and Don served on the church council, ushered, Lay Leader and ministered to the sick in the community.
Don is survived two daughters; Terri Cole and Dana Browne, both of Irvine, California, brothers; Dick (Cindy) Cole of Jewell, Tim (Denise) Cole of Spirit Lake and Tom (Sharon) Cole of Cortez, Colorado, brothers-in-law; Gary (Janice) Wilson of Oklahoma and David (Jo) Wilson of Denver, Colorado, an aunt, Vera Melrose of Holden, Missouri. Those who preceded him in death were his parents, wife, son, Scott, a sister and brother-in-law Josette and Kenny Custer, brother Terry and sister-in-law Sharon Wilson.
Don passed away at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll on January 27, 2018. He lived his life to the age of 79 years, 2 months and 12 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church in Churdan with Rev. David Arulnathan officiating. Burial was made in the Highland Township Cemetery in Churdan. Musical selections, “Blessed Assurance” and “Amazing Grace” were sung by the congregation and Greg Carey was soloist and Lori Anderson was organist.
Serving as casket bearers were Ryan Cole, Aaron Cole, Kory Cole, Brent Weiner, Justin Adams and Shane Custer. Honorary bearers were Johnny and Beth Shoemaker, Charles and Jan Paup, Keith and Rhetta Wright, Eric and Nicole Flinn, Joyce Clark, Kathryn Carey, Ruth Nugent, Rita Schmitt, Barbara Winkelman, Victoria Arulnathan Lance and Shannon Arnold, Mike and Kelly Glascock and Melinda Scott.

4 thoughts on “Donald Cole

  1. Dora Lee Parker Souder

    To all of the family I give my sympathy. Don was a very special person and we know he is with the Lord. As a young man he also attended the Methodist church in Lohrville and was a very active church member. I know he will be greatly missed by all.. You are all in my prayers. Dora Lee

  2. Lucille Walter

    I’m so surprised and sad! I thought he was in good health! I was a cheerleader with him in high school and also saw him at Frank’s class reunions. He was so warm and cheerful and funny. And his devotion to his wife was unsurpassed. That’s a guy I’ll miss!

  3. Kathleen (Kinnick) Lucas

    I remember many times on the cheerleading squad at Lohrville High with Don! He was always upbeat and made everything fun. I know he will be missed!

  4. Linda Lou Parker Hay

    Hi I too am from the Lohrville Days. He was our neighbor and his sister, Josette was in my class. He was a good friend of our family . I often saw him at Lohrville events, he always had his wife Harriett with him. He was a wonderful man, and will be missed. My prayers and sympathy to all the family. May you be comforted during this rough time for you. Linda Lou Parker Hay

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