ColeSeptember 1, 1956 - July 15, 2012 NOBLE William Ralph "Bill" Cole, age 55, died Sunday, July 15, 2012, at home. Bill was born in Artesia, CA in 1956 to William and Virginia Cole. At age 2, the family moved to Crescent, OK. Bill graduated in 1975 from Loyal High, top ten in his class of eleven, he liked to say. Bill then joined the US Navy receiving honorable discharge. Bill spent his life working in the oilfields of Arizona and Oklahoma until tragically falling from a derrick which ended his career appx. 5 years ago. In 1981, he met Marsha McCollum and they married and had 3 beautiful children. Bill was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener and loved the outdoors. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. Bill is survived by his wife Marsha of the home, son Brian, daughters Brittany and husband Jason, Briah and husband Michael, grandchildren Alison, Cole, T.J., Jack, Wyatt, Aubrey, Terry, his brothers Larry and wife Pam, Jerry and wife Florence, Roger and wife Carolyn, and sister Debra and husband Dennis and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at 1:00pm Friday at Westmore Community Church 12906 S. Western, OKC.
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Published in The Oklahoman on July 18, 2012