Cole, Clifford William "Bill" Clifford William ("Bill") Cole passed away peacefully on Friday, December 21, 2012 in Dallas, TX. He was born in Flint, MI on January 24, 1924 as the youngest of three siblings to his parents, Clyde and Ila Cole. Bill was a combat veteran of the Armed Forces who returned from WWII to graduate from the University of Michigan on the G.I. Bill. An accomplished pilot, he then began a long career in aviation, working for several U.S. aerospace companies in Latin America. Fluent in Spanish, he later graduated with an international MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona and continued his ascent into the upper ranks of the aviation industry. In 1977, he moved to Dallas and ultimately retired after serving for twenty years as Vice President of International Sales for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, Inc. During this time, he was also a board member of the Center for International Business in Houston, Texas. After leaving Mitsubishi, he continued to be active with his aerospace/defense consulting firm and his involvement in such aviation-related organizations as the Quiet Birdmen and the Commemorative Air Force. He is survived by his wife, Karin Cole of Dallas, TX; his son, Gregory Cole of Dallas, TX; and his daughter Kija von Ruemker, her husband Andreas and their two children Noah and Charlotte of Bad Homburg, Germany. His family has conducted a private Memorial Service and requests that in lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in his memory be made to The Wounded Warrior Project.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 5, 2013