John R. Cole
John R. Cole, 89, a resident of Mason Lake, died February 22, 2013 at Alpine Way Care Center in Shelton.
John was born August 14, 1923 to Olive Eldridge-Cole and Frank Cole in Glasgow, Montana. He spent his childhood hunting and riding horses on the family homestead ranch. With his siblings, he attended a one room schoolhouse. He served in the Navy during World War II and subsequently earned an accounting degree from Montana State University. After moving to Seattle, John began a 30 year career as an accountant with Boeing. He married Joan Mary Tyler in 1955, the mother of his four children. Joan passed away in 1979.
John later married Mary Anne Gilbert and they moved to Mason Lake after retirement. They were members of the Mason-Benson community center, the Elks RV Club, the Lake Limerick Golf Club and St. Edward’s Parish in Shelton. His hobbies included hunting, golfing, fishing and camping.
His generosity and warm spirit will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Cole and Grace Hay.
He is survived by his wife Mary Anne Cole; brother, Oliver (Raile) Cole; sister, Claire (Jim) Goedeke and her family; children, Robert (Anita) Cole, Louise Cole, Susan Buhr, and Jim (Ju-Yuan) Cole; stepchildren, Frank (Cherm) Gilbert, Donna (Max) Reese, Pamela (Bob) Jameson, Teresa Gilbert and Lisa (Donald) Merz.
He is also survived by grandchildren Parish (Laura) John, Elizabeth, Reba, Anthony, Melissa, Max, Karl and Emma and 3 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and his good friend John Newell.
The family sincerely thanks the nurses, caregivers and staff at Alpine Way for their wonderful care.
Services will be held at 10:30 Saturday, March 2, 2013 at St. Edward’s Parish, 601 West C. St. Shelton, WA.
Memorial donations can be made to:
Providence Sound Homecare and Hospice, 3432 S. Bay Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506, St. Edward’s Building Fund, 601 West C St. Shelton, WA 98584 or Mason-Benson Building Fund, P.O.Box 39, Grapeview, WA 98546-0039.
The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.