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Robert L. Cole(1928 - 2013)

Robert L. Cole

FREMONT: Robert L. Cole, 84, of Fremont, died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at his daughter's home in Mechanicsville, Virginia where he was being cared for.

Robert was born September 2, 1928 in Bucyrus and was raised by his late mother, Alberta (Rhem) Schill. He attended school in Bucyrus and was proud to have served his country in the Army Air Force where he was stationed at Ft. Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. On June 4, 1949, he married Virginia M. Rittenhour who survives.

Robert believed in a strong work ethic and shortly after returning home from the service, he moved the family to Fremont for the opportunity of a driving route with the 7up Bottling Co. He next operated his own milk delivery route and also sold ice cream on the side. He ended his work career driving for Nickels Bakery. These jobs provided for his family but it also gave him the opportunity to socialize with customers and make new friends which Bob loved.

Bob wasn't much for joining groups and he didn't have a lot of hobbies but he loved spending time with his family and also spent many hours in his garden, growing various vegetables and will be remembered for his asparagus which he shared with the neighbors.

In addition to Virginia, his wife of 64 years, Bob is survived by two children, Deborah (Robin) Kleinschmit of Mechanicsville, Virginia and Richard Cole of Cleveland; one granddaughter, Lindsay (Travis) Rothstein; two grandsons, Steve (Kym) Kleinschmit and Jeff Kleinschmit along with a six great-grandchildren, Kaydon, Jackson, Jenny, Adam, Paige, and Madisyn.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Wise Funeral Service, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus, Ohio 44820 where his family will receive friends two hours prior from 11to 1. Certified Celebrant, Mark Dettmer will officiate and burial will take place in Oakwood Cemetery with full military rites provided by both the US Air Force and the Am. Legion, Post 181 Honor Guards.

Contributions may be given to the or the through the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be left at www.wisefuneral.com.

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Published in the News-Messenger on Apr. 3, 2013
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