William Joseph Cole of Perham, MN passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 in his home.
William "Bill" was born November 17, 1943 in San Diego, CA to Clarence F. and Evelyn D. (Dimmer) Cole.
Surviving William is his wife of 41 years Joyce A. Cole; one son Jamison "Jimmy" Cole of Colchester, CT; step-children Gordon (Donna) Marek of Dickinson, ND and Diana (Marek) Nadeau of Surrey, ND; his three brothers Robert (Judy) Cole of New York Mills, MN, Richard (Edie) of New Salem, ND and Donald (Donna) Cole of Fergus Falls, MN; one sister-in-law Roberta Anderson; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
William graduated from Buffalo High School in Buffalo, ND on May 24, 1962. He served his country in the US Marine Corps from 1963-1966 which included a tour in Vietnam. Bill attended Mayville State and became a North Dakota State Highway Patrolman from 1968-1975. He worked at Millstone Nuclear Power Plant and Electric Boat Corporation in Groton, CT. Bill retired in 2006 to Perham, MN. Bill enjoyed all sports but his first love was fishing.
Preceding William in death were his parents; his grandson John Ross Nadeau; and his great-granddaughter HattieMae Nadeau.
Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Bill's memorial folder