Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

George F. Cole, Jr.

George F. Cole, Jr., age 90, of Shelby, died Saturday morning, March 2, 2019 at his home.

George was born January 4, 1929 in Crawford County, Ohio, the son of the late Thelma Leora (Melick) and George F. Cole, Sr. He was a 1947 graduate of Tiro High School.  George was a life-long farmer and retired from General Motors in Ontario after 33 years of service. He was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church in Shelby and the Shelby Lions Club.

Traveling was something George enjoyed very much as he and his late wife, Maxine, went to every World’s Fair across the country, spent over 30 years at Bay Point on Lake Erie camping and boating, and wintered in Florida for 25 years at Sun-N-Fun where he was the chief coffee maker for the “coffee club”. They also were members of the Cloverleaf Western Square-Dancing Club. George was an avid follower of all Shelby Whippet sports and took great pleasure in supporting and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren in all their activities. George loved to tell stories and always had one to share.

George is survived by 3 children: Gregory (Faye) Cole of Shelby, Leora (Tom) Lantz of Shelby, and Pamela (Karl) Graham of Columbus, Indiana; 7 grandchildren: Jodi (Ed) Rinehart, Phillip Cole, Michael (Natalie) Lantz, Jon Lantz, Johan (Aimee) Graham, Karla (Billy) Fidoe, and Kurt (Briana) Graham; 9 great grandchildren: Hannah and Dietrich Rinehart, Reese Cole, Cody and Casey Lantz, Charlie and Noah Graham, Urijah and Layla Graham; in-laws: Effie Cole of Tiffin, Robert Hoover (Bonnie Slone), David (Garnet) Hoover, Jacque (Judy) Hoover, Margie Hoover all of Shelby. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Maxine Cole, on September 5, 2016; a sister: Kathleen Vanasdale; and 2 brothers: Marlin Cole and Clinton Cole.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11 am. Pastor Rus Yoak will officiate with burial following in Oakland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Shelby Whippet Athletic Boosters.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Joe and Terri DeVito says:

    Greg and family, so sorry to hear about your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the family

  2. Ron & Joyce Eyestone says:

    Please accept our sincerest sympathy in the passing of George. You folks did everything possible to make his life good to the end. Bless you!
    Ron & Joyce

  3. Milt & Deane Richter says:

    Greg, Faye and families we are saddened by your loss. We are remembering you in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for comfort and peace.

  4. Diane Dabney says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Barbara Parsons Fensch says:

    To all the Cole family, I have so many warm memories of both George & Maxine, especially up at the lake. The fun times telling stories & laughing together will always live in my heart. I will be in Florida, but will keep all of you in my prayers as you go through these tough times. Hugs & Love to all, Barbara

  6. Kim & June (Haverfield) Heuberger says:

    Greg, Lori, and Pam, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your father, George. There were so many memories of our families together as we grew up.

  7. Ann Cooper says:

    Greg and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Just wanted to let you all know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. In Christian Love, Ann

  8. Mary Anne Iles says:

    Lori, Tom & Family
    I was sorry to learn of Lori’s Dad passing. My thoughts and prayers to each of you.

  9. Nancy Parsons Schmidt says:

    To the Cole Family,

    My deepest condolences to all of you. George was a great person. He loved to have fun and spend time with family and friends. Keep his memories close in your heart! Hugs, prayers and love to all of you!

    Nancy Parsons Schmidt

  10. Amy Brown says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of George. He and you mother Maxine were always so kind to my mother, Helene Albert when she shared a room with your mom at the nursing home. I remember the Sunday afternoons visiting and your mom and dad would always be watching and Indians game. You have my deepest sympathy.

    He was such a kind and gentle man.

    Helene Albert, Amy Brown and Julie Fellure.

  11. Butch and Toni Clark says:

    God speed, safe journey. Love to all. Deepest condolences, Butch and Toni

  12. Bonnie Hall says:

    So sorry for your loss! Prayers!

  13. Jen and Bryan Bixby says:

    I have such sweet memories of Grandpa George from Bay Pointe. Bryan and I are thinking and praying for you all.
    Bryan and Jen Bixby

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