Willis L. Cole

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  • "Dorothy, Dave, Steve and family: sorry for your loss. Paul..."
    - Paul BELANGER
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Willis L Cole Jr. passed away March 14, 2012 at the age of 88 from phenomena in Lufkin TX. He and his wife have been staying at their daughter's home in Huntington, TX. Willis was a resident of the Far Hills Subdivision on Lake Conroe for the past 11 years. He was born August 17, 1923 in Erie PA to Willis L. Cole of Verona NY and Margaret Gearheart of Erie, PA. He graduated from Curtis Wright Institute as an aeronautical engineer in 1943 before being drafted into the US Army Air Corps. While in the service he met and married his wife, Dorothy Farner of Peru Kansas. After the war Willis and Dorothy settled in St Louis where Willis worked as an aeronautical engineer for McDonnell Aircraft. He was also active in the Overland Presbyterian Church as a Deacon, Boy Scoutmaster and Sea Scout Leader. In 1966 Willis moved to Ft. Worth Texas to work for Bell Helicopter until his retirement in 1984 when he and Dorothy moved to a home they self- built in Gains Bend on Possum Kingdom Lake. In 2000 they moved to Lake Conroe where Willis became a member of the Conroe EAA Chapter 302. Willis was also an accomplished and award winning landscape and aviation artist. As a member of the Texas Watercolor Society, Association of Aviation Artists and Experimental Aviation Association his painting were exhibited throughout shows in Texas and at the EAA convention in Oshkosh Wisconsin. As an active member of the Trinity Art Guild while living in Ft. Worth he often taught art classes emphasizing the mechanics of "perspective" and subject development. Willis leaves behind his wife Dorothy, sons David and his wife Suzanne of Far Hills, Lake Conroe, Raymond and his wife Elaine of Tampa Florida, Stanley and his wife Glenda of North Richland Hills, Texas, and daughter Carol and her husband Jorge Ramos of Huntington, Texas. In addition he leaves 7 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

Published on yourconroenews.com from Mar. 16 to Mar. 29, 2012