Obituary: Gary Norman Cole

Gary Norman Cole, 75, of Marion died Monday (April 4, 2016) at the Newton Medical Center.

He was born on October 6, 1940 in Lawrence, Ks., the son of Jess A. and Doris Farmer Cole. The family moved to Wichita where Gary attended schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 serving until 1965 during the Viet Nam Conflict.

Gary returned to Wichita and went to work at Beech Aircraft where he worked for several years. He moved to California where he was a mechanic for a boat company. He married Lois Roberta Rodgers on May 15, 1968 in San Diego, California. They later moved to Arlington, Texas where he worked for a machine shop before moving to Newton in the early 1990?s.

Lois died on January 14, 2000. Gary moved to Marion in 2001 where he lived until recently moving to the Peabody Care Center.

He was a life member of the V.F.W., currently holding his membership at the Marion Post #6958, as well as a life member of the American Legion with his current membership at the Hillsboro post.

He is survived by his daughter Janita Otwell of Enid, Okla.; grandson Damien Sunday; and sister Sandra Salsbury of Hillsboro.

Graveside memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday (April 14, 2016) at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

As cremation has been effect there will be no visitation.

A memorial has been established with Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton, contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, Ks. 67114.

Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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