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Leroy Cole

July 17, 2018


From Aaron Creech, pastor, Bethlehem, PA:

It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you of the death of Mr. Lee Cole. He died early this morning with his wife, Laura, and two of their daughters by his side. Lee and Laura would have celebrated 56 years of marriage on July 29th. Please keep Mrs. Cole and the entire family in your prayers during this difficult time.


From Doris Cole, wife of Wayne:

I am very sorry to have to inform you that Leroy Cole, Wayne's brother, passed away in the early hours this morning.  It was discovered that he had cancer in the liver, stomach, diaphragm area and lymph nodes. He is no longer suffering. Please pray for his wife Laura Jean and the 3 daughters and their families.

 This is the second brother that Wayne has lost since May 6th when his oldest brother Eldon passed away at age 92.. His only living brother is the youngest, Alfred, who lives in Eugene. Please pray for Al as he was very close to Leroy.


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07/28/18 06:17 PM #1    

Garry Pifer (1960)

Leroy Cole obituary from Franzen-Davis Funeral Home

Leroy W. Cole, age 78, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono, in Pennsylvania.  From his birth in Jefferson, Oregon, on December26, 1939, to his death on Tuesday, he nourished people around him with kindness, faith and love and always brought smiles to their faces with his ever present sense of humor.  He was born on a small farm to Otis John & Nellie May (Dickinson) Cole.  Leroy was the eighth of nine children.

He attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, California and in 1962, after graduating, he married Laura Jean Counts, his wife of nearly 56 years.  The Worldwide Church of God sent them to Sydney, Australia, where their first two daughters were born.  Being a faithful and true Christian, Leroy was ordained into the ministry in 1965.  He pastored the Ballarat Church in Victoria, Australia, before being transferred to Perth in 1973, where their third daughter was born.  They returned to the United States in 1974.  There, he pastored churches in California, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.  After 52 years in the ministry, Leroy retired in December 2017.  Interment is in Old Chico Cemetery, Park County, Montana, where he awaits the Resurrection. 

Survivors include:  his wife; three daughters, Julie (Kiril) Dimitrov, Lynda (Jeff) Kogutkiewicz and Lauretta (Charles) Ferranti; seven grandchildren, Amanda Dimitrov, Audrey (Levi) Adams, Jessica Dimitrov, Jonathan Kogutkiewicz, Stephen Kogutkiewicz, Ryon  Dimitrov, and Kayla Kogutkiewicz; five great-grandchildren, Savannah Dimitrov, Katana Adams, Charlie Martin, McKinzy Adams and Chase Adams; three sisters, Ella Mae Walker, Arlene Hamm and Esther Glover; and two brothers,  Wayne Cole  and Alfred Cole.

A graveside funeral and burial was held at 11:00 A.M, on Sunday, July 22nd, at the Old Chico Cemetery, in Paradise Valley, MT. Local arrangements are under the care of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston, MT.


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