Gerald Allen Cole


LAKIN — Gerald Allen Cole, 76, Lakin, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

LAKIN — Gerald Allen Cole, 76, Lakin, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City.

He was born May 1, 1937, in Lakin, to Allen Gilbert and Emma Catherine Arends Cole.

He grew up in Lakin and graduated from Lakin High School. He served in the U.S. Army.

He married Rita Ealey in 1959. He later married Joy Sharon Brown in 1977.

He moved to Berthoud, Colo., and worked as a machinist for Storage Technology and Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colo., before returning to Lakin in 2009.

He is survived by a daughter, Christe Cole, Denver; and two sisters, Kay Elliot, Lakin, and Alicia Huckstadt, Wichita.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives; one son, Ricky Dean Cole; and one brother, Larry Cole.

A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. today at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Lakin, and funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony. Burial will be at Lakin cemetery, with graveside rites by the Kansas Army Reserves National Guard and Garden City Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials may be given to the Gerald Cole Memorial Fund, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 508 N. Main, P.O. Box 91, Lakin, KS 67860.

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