Marvin Warren Cole Sr., 73, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday morning at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on April 12, 1939, he was the son of the late Leonard and Lena "Sara" (Jackson) Cole.
Marvin graduated from Grand Army of the Republic High School, Wilkes-Barre, in 1956, where he was named Athlete of the Year. He broke several school records during his time at GAR.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1963-1969 during the Vietnam War. Upon his return, Marvin worked for many years at the Westmoreland Club of Wilkes-Barre. He also was a member of the 402 Club.
Prior to retiring, Marvin worked at several businesses in the Wyoming Valley.
Marvin enjoyed watching sports, with football being his favorite; he especially enjoyed watching the Dallas Cowboys games.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Rodean (Cagigas) Cole, and his third wife, Marilyn (Cragle) Cole.
Surviving are three sons, Marvin W. Cole Jr., Baltimore, Md., Gary M. Cole, San Antonio, Texas, and Christopher L. Cole, Danville; a daughter, Candice J. Cole, Philadelphia; his former wife, Cynthia (Wallace) Barnes; four grandchildren, Marvin III, Jasmine, Pree and Mulani.
Friends and family may call on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at the Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc. 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. James Breese officiating and cremation to follow. Interment will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Online condolences at www.BestLifeTributes.com.
Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc.
465 Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 17, 2013