David Cole

David Cole

DANVILLE — David George Cole passed away Monday (Oct. 29, 2018) at VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville.

He was born Feb. 22, 1932, in Greenfield, the eldest son of George Allen and Mabel (Kinser) Cole. Raised on a farm near Palmyra in Macoupin County, he walked, sometimes barefoot, to a one-room county school through the eighth grade. After graduation from Greenfield High School, he earned a degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois. He married the former Shirley Wheeler of Springfield on June 14, 1953, and then served in the Army near Toul, France. His 60-year farm management career began with Doane Agricultural Service in Jerseyville, then continued in Danville with Second National Bank, First Midwest Bank and Cole Farm Management. 

A 55-year member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, he served as president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Volunteer activities included service on the boards of the Boy Scouts, United Way, YMCA, Soil and Water Conservation District and in many capacities at Ridgeview Baptist Church, where he was a member since moving his young family to Danville in 1961.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley; children, Steven and Timothy Cole of Danville and Margaret (Jeffery) Sexton of Kokomo, Ind.; grandchildren, Stephanie Proietti, Fawn Williams, Samuel (Elizabeth), Benjamin (Teresa), Matthew, Mark, Bryan and Owen Cole and Joshua and Luke (Sebastian) Sexton; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Jiles, Ethan Stevenson, Isaiah Jensen, Malia Williams, Edward Brock and Mia, Amelia, Iris, Evan, Hazel, Gabriella, Josiah, Annabelle and Broden Cole; and his brothers, Gale (Joy) Cole of Palmyra and Kendall (Charlot) Cole of Virden. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Nancy Vial St. John. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 3838 N. Vermilion St., Danville, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday. A celebration of life will immediately follow at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with Pastor Mark Keyser officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville.

Memorials may be placed to Ridgeview Baptist Church or the Vermilion County 4-H. Please join David’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at sunsetfuneralhome.com.