SIDNEY - A native of Botkins and resident of 330 Brookburn St., Sidney, James N. "Jim" Cole, left this world he loved unexpectedly on Oct. 13, 2013, at the age 78.
He was born in Botkins on June 23, 1935, to the late Everett Cole and Geraldine Eveland (Blakely) Cole.
Jim graduated from Botkins High School in 1954. He was self-employed and owned the Cole's Painting Co. for most of his life. He had also been part owner of the Botkins Paint Co. for more than 30 years.
Jim proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 217, Sidney, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4239. He was very active in the Sidney IUTIS Club as an umpire, worked in the concession stand, and did volunteer work whenever asked. Jim was a member of the Russell Road Christian Center, Sidney. He always was a hands-on type of guy and enjoyed doing odd jobs for his many friends and family members. He was also a member of the "Go Buck" Stock Club and a loyal supporter of Ohio State Buckeyes football.
Jim leaves behind his sons, Christopher "Chip" Cole, of Lima, and Chad Cole, of Botkins; sister, Myra Jo Anspaugh, and husband, Jon, of Wapakoneta; and brother, Terry Cole, and wife Karen, of Botkins.
Also preceding him in death was one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Adrian "Mike" Koenig, of Botkins.
On Sept. 20, 1969, Jim was married to Barbara "Barb" (Beers) Cole, and she preceded him in death in 2005. They had been married for almost 37 years.
The Cole family would like to extend its sincere thanks and gratitude to the Sidney Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and the many, many volunteers and helpers who assisted in the long and tiring search for their father. Please know that your efforts were greatly appreciated. Jim will be deeply missed by his sons, sister and brother, club members of the local organizations, and all those many family and friends who knew him.
Funeral services will be celebrated for Mr. Cole on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with Pastor Fred Gillenwater officiating.
There will be full military services provided by the American Legion Post 217 of Sidney.
Interment will be at Glen Cemetery, Port Jefferson.
The family will receive friends and family on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney. Sidney American Legion Post 217 will have a memorial service for Mr. Cole at 7:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Wilson Hospice Care, 1081 Fairington Drive, Sidney, OH 45365, or the Russell Road Christian Center, in Jim's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed to the Cole family at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com.
Adams Funeral Home, 492-4700, is in charge of the arrangements.
"Blessed are the people who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)
Adams Funeral Home
1401 Fair Road Sidney, OH 45365
Published in Sidney Daily News on Nov. 10, 2013