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Resident of Cupertino
9/29/1933 - 8/3/2012
Our gentle giant, passed away peacefully at his home in Cupertino on Friday, 8/3. Born in Balfour, ND to Richard and Ragna Chole, he lived in the Bay Area since 1953.
He is survived by his "smooch" Kathy of 35 years and four loving children - Daniel, Thomas (Donna), Karolyn, Kathryn Chole from his first marriage (Sarah). He has four adoring granddaughters - Amanda, Leah, Sarah, Tiffani Chole. Siblings - Harold Chole, Doris Nelson, Carol Nibbe (Lowell), Sister-in-law Kandie Gallant-Walden (Steve), Brother-in-law Larry Stammer (Sera), Father-in-law Bert Hepworth and many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Virgil and Erwin Chole and mother-in-law Mickie Hepworth.
Einar was a veteran of the US Navy in Air Transport squadron VR3, stationed out of Moffett Field from '53-'57. After leaving the Navy he worked for Huggins, MEC and Watkins-Johnson Co. as an electronics engineer until his retirement in 1990.
He was a season ticket holder and lifelong dedicated 49ers fan and attended Super Bowls with Kathy and friends. He had a passion for boating and enjoyed teaching people to water ski and spending his weekends on the Delta at Snug Harbor Resort. Einar enjoyed golf with the Cherry Chase Golf Club. Always said he was never any good, but enjoyed the outdoors with the guys and the 19th hole. He always enjoyed having family and friends gather at his home for a good party.
Einar touched the lives and souls of many and lived and loved life and did it with no regrets.
Private interment held at Skylawn Memorial Cemetery. Celebration of life 8/17/2012 at The American Legion, Post 564, 2120 Walsh Ave, Santa Clara. Navy Honor Guard starting promptly at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations requested to Pathways Hospice, www.pathwayshealth.org, 585 N. Mary Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. 408-730-1200.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 12, 2012