George W. Cole(1947 - 2014)

George W. Cole, a resident of Las Vegas, since 2009, passed away on June 19, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

George was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on May 24, 1947 and grew up in Indiana and graduated from Brazil High School, Brazil, Indiana in 1965. From high school, George served four years in the U.S. Air Force working in the sito missiles in Tucson, Ariz.

George returned to Indiana after his service and went to work for Indiana Bell. He married his first wife, Jan, and they moved to Ft. Worth, Texas. Jan died in 1981

George joined the U.S. Navy serving four years of active duty and 24 years active reserve. He moved to San Diego, Calif. and married Mary Detches Petersen in 1984. He retired from Southwest Bell and the Navy and the merry couple moved to Las Vegas in order to embellish their mutual love of history. Upon retirement, George became very active in the Boy Scouts, Mountain Man re-enactments, and the Society of Creative Anachronism. He enjoyed working in his workshop and he loved teaching boy scouts and the cub scouts. He was an assistant district commissioner for the Las Vegas area and was a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Host Cole, Sr. and Catherine Marie Sherman, both of Indiana.

George is survived by his wife, Mary; his step-son, David Petersen; five grandchildren, Matt Hanna of Farmhamville, Iowa, Earline Petersen of Hollywood, Calif., Rachael, Marisa and Sarah Petersen of Colorado Springs and three great-grandchildren. George is also survived by 27 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. His surviving siblings are: Richard Cole of Muncie, Indiana, Cathy Cole and Diana Mc Clain (Rocky) of Martinsville, Indiana.

A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday in St Francis Chapel at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd. Cremation will follow and a potluck reception will be at the soup kitchen at the First United Methodist Church at 8th and National Avenue immediately following the visitation.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd., 425-9319.

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Gonzales Funerals & Cremations
2315 Hot Springs Boulevard Las Vegas , NM 87701
(505) 425-9319
Published in Las Vegas Optic on June 22, 2014