William Cole

ST. JOSEPH – On Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, William Cole, 90, of Springfield and Dale City, Va., died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born Dec. 13, 1922, in St. Joseph, and lived there through his teenage years. He enlisted in the Navy in 1940, became a lieutenant, and was awarded many medals for his service during World War II, the Korean War and the war in Vietnam. After World War II, he became a 32nd degree Mason under the tutelage of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and motorcycling.

In 1943, Bill married Elaine Block, whom he knew since childhood, and was her adored husband until her death in 2008.

Bill was the beloved and loving father of Pamela Paul (Norm), William J. Cole (Helen), and Deborah Cole; grandfather of Shawn Mijo (Anne), Brian Mijo (Amy) Aleesah Garcia Couey, Eileen McGuire, Daniel Cole, Diana Cole and William A. Cole; great-grandfather to Jennifer Ramsey (Michael), Christopher, Calvin, Alex, Cheyanne, Katie, Lily, and Austin Mijo, Samuel Miller, Ashley, Sarah and Grielle McGuire and William and Alex Cole; and great-great-grandfather of Nicholas, Samuel and Daniel Ramsey and Sadie Aleesha Miller.

Bill deeply loved his family and his many friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sidney.

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