Leo ‘Grant’ Cole, III

Leo ‘Grant’ Cole, III

Leo ‘Grant’ Cole, III of Otsego, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Grand Rapids. Grant was born June 26, 1952, in Flint, Michigan, to Leo Grant Jr. and Betty (Louise) Johnson. His father died when he was just 13 months old and his step-father, Ron Gilbert, helped raise him from the age of 13.

In 1980 he began working for Home Insurance, which became Zurich Insurance, and he was employed with them until 1999.

He enjoyed collecting cars, including MGs, an Avanti and a DeLorian, which he showed in many car shows where he often placed 2nd or 3rd. Grant also enjoyed reading, his cats and his dog; studying new religions and model cars. He loved philosophy, was an avid photographer, and had belonged to an astonomy club at the University of Michigan.

On March 14, 1987 he married Linda Venen, who survives. Also surviving are his son, Eric, of Grand Rapids; his in-laws, Susan (Kent) Bock of Gross Pointe Woods, Robin (Larry) Boeling of Oakland and Ralph Venen of Birmingham; nieces and nephews, Carter and Caroline Bock, Tim and Aaron Boeling and Sara Venen; an aunt, Leonore (Richard) Holsopple of Pennsylvania.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his step-father; and an aunt and uncle, Eleanor and Warren Weeks.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Winkel Funeral Home of Otsego, with Funeral Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial of ashes will be at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Grant may be made to Laurels of Sandy Creek, the Alzheimers Association – Great Lakes Chapter of Kalamazoo or Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Wyoming, Michigan.

Messages of condolence may be left at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Ronnie Marks says:

    My thoughts are prayers are with all of Grant`s family and friends.

  2. Otsego High School Class of 1975 says:

    To our friend and classmate, Linda, and all the Venen and Cole family, you have our deepest sympathy. May Grant rest in peace and may you all find comfort in God above.

  3. Shelley Hoogstraten-Miller says:

    Linda; I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you find strength in the support of your friends and joy in the many happy memories. Shelley

  4. David Howard says:

    Dear Linda:

    I was so sorry to hear of Grant’s death. He was a great guy and was always positive and cheerful.

    I wish you and Eric well.

    David Howard

  5. Edward Q. Johnson Jr. says:

    Linda, please accept my condolences for your loss. I was related to Leo through his grandmother Ruth Catherine Johnson Cole. I met him only once when he was a small boy, I think in the mid 1950s.

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