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Kendall C. Cole May 3, 1927 - Oct. 14, 2013 Resident of Moraga Following a life filled with family friends and adventure Ken died unexpectedly in Las Vegas while returning home from a cruise in Canada. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 60 years Joan, children Jim and wife Maggie, Steve and wife Kathleen, Nancy and husband Pat, eight grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and his sister Dorthy Bennetts of Charlote, N.C. He was born in Little Falls, New York where he spent his growing years. At age 17 he entered the army and was dispatched to college for a year before being sent to Germany at the end of WW2. His family then moved to Syracuse where he graduated from the University with a civil engineering degree in 1950. His first job was in California surveying for the Bureau of Public Roads and was where he lived in San Francisco and met his future wife. In 1954 he joined Chevron and grew a successful career spanning 32 years in San Jose, Fresno, Honolulu and San Francisco retiring as manager of Terminals and Asphalt Refineries in Marketing and Operations. In retirement Ken split his time between Moraga and his second home and favorite place in Grayeagle where he enjoyed golf, fishing, hiking, spending time with his many friends and family. He will forever be remembered for the time and love he lavished on his grandchildren. Ken and Joan also followed their passion for travel visiting all 50 States, over 40 National Parks and numerous international destinations. They were returning from such an adventure when he became terribly ill. One of Ken's hobbies was geneology and tracking the families ancestors to the Mayflower. He was an active member with the Alameda Colony of this society as well as in Branch 171 of SIRS and within the Moraga Country Club. He generously volunteered his time toward family activities in Boys and Girl Scouts, PTA and sports. Ken served as Master of the Masonic Lodge in Mountain View in 1964. A family burial will be this Friday Nov. 1st at Oakmont Cemetary. Church services will be Saturday November 2 at 2:30 at Moraga Presbyterian Church followed by a gathering of family and friends at Moraga Country Club. Memorial donations in the honor of Kendall C. Cole may be made to Save Mount Diablo. 1901 Olympic Blvd, Suite 320 Walnut Creek, CA 94506 or .
Published in Contra Costa Times on Oct. 26, 2013
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