AVON LAKE - Raymond S. Cole, Jr., 91, of Avon Lake, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in Lake Pointe Health center, Lorain following a lengthy illness.
He was born August 29, 1920 in Simpson, Pennsylvania. Ray was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. During World War II
he served with the Army
in the European Theater of War and then the Navy. He moved to Lorain in the late 1940's.
Mr. Cole retired in 1982 as an electrician working out of the I. B. E. W. Local 129, Lorain. He worked in the trade for more than 50 years. He also was a life member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 1662, Amherst, AMVETS Post 55 in Sheffield Lake and the American Legion Post 30. Ray was a Shriner and member of the Black River Masonic Lodge #468 Lorain. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his beagles and all wild life.
Ray will be missed by his nieces Carol Zimmerman, of Lorain, and Lori Beam, of Covington, Georgia; nephews Ray Gray, of Vermilion, Thomas Gray, of Lorain and Donald Beam, of Sheffield Lake.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years Ruby Cole (née Johns) in 1991; parents Raymond S. and Mary Jane (née Holland) Cole; sisters Eleanor Gray, Jean Beam, Gladys Bukowski, June Gyorfi and Bertha and Virginia Cole in infantry; niece Judy Vogalsong and a dear friend Mary Agnes Fraley.
His family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 east 31st St., South Lorain (440) 277-8164, where Masonic Service will be Thursday evening at 7 pm. His funeral service will be Friday at 1 PM in the funeral home. Rev. Chuck Beherens of the Hospice of the Western Reserve will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township. Amherst Military Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.
For further information and to sign the online register book, see Reidyfuneral.com.