John passed away December 15, 2018 at his home in Plainwell surrounded by his loving family.
He was born September 28, 1943 in Montebello, California, the son of Orville and Joeshpine (Hart) Cole. John proudly served his country for in the US Army for seven years and served a full tour in the Vietnam War. For 36 years he had worked at General Motors until his retirement in 2005.
John was a kind hearted man who enjoyed traveling the world and taking photographs. He also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins and drinking a cold beer. He was a member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030 and the American Legion.
On August 11, 1988 in Las Vegas he married Nancy Herwick who survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Shannon (Lynn Jr.) Carpenter of Dorr; step-daughter, Denise Nelsen of Kalamazoo and step-son, Doug (Carol) Cole of Arizona; 7 grandchildren, Sean, Douglas, Courtney, Trever, Tayler, Trenton and Cassidy; 3 great-grandchildren, Remmie, Lou and Riley; his brother, Ronnie Cole of Kansas and his nephew, Donnie Frost of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Francis Cole and sister, Gail Berg.
According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
Friends may visit with John’s family from 3-6 P.M., Saturday, December 22, 2018 at the Otsego VFW Post #3030.
Burial of ashes will take place at 1:00 P.M., Monday, December 24, 2018 at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of John may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.
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December 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm
Daddy I miss you and I love so much
Peg & Joe larshpeggy
December 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm
John was a super nice man. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.John will be missed .
Vince and Linda Papa
December 16, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Nancy and Family,
So very sorry for your lost. John was a great man and will be missed deeply!! We will cherish our many fond memories of time spent with you and John!! Sending love and hugs.
December 16, 2018 at 5:45 pm
So very sorry, he was like a extra father and grandfather and treated us like one of his own. He was a great man with a lot of heart and a lot of stories to tell. We will truly miss him. Love you John. Rest in peace.
December 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm
I miss you daddy, and I love you so very much
LYNNE Boss FAHRNE
December 16, 2018 at 9:35 pm
I’m sorry for your families loss. Thank you Mr. Cole for your service in the Army.
Phil and Pam Herwick
December 17, 2018 at 5:35 pm
Nancy and family:
We were so sorry to hear that John had passed. We know he had suffered for a long time and hope he is at peace now. Please accept our condolences to you and the family.
Phil and Pam
December 22, 2018 at 9:59 pm
So sorry to hear about John’s passing, Nancy. I was just thinking about you two the other day. I should have come around and said Hi. I smile at the rememberance of you two almost running me over in Meijer Parking lot and the quick little confab we had as you were shopping for eggs, at Meijer. Those smiley little moments now loom large in my memories. Be well. Love Dave
January 25, 2019 at 8:30 pm
You were the father you didn’t have to be to me!You gave us laughs,love,hugs and memories! I will never forget you Daddy John, you’ll always be a part of me! See you ubove the clouds someday,get ready for a big hug! I love you, Wendy
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