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Halbert Nelson "Hal" Cole


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Halbert Nelson "Hal" Cole Obituary
Halbert "Hal" Nelson Cole

Louisville - Halbert (Hal) Nelson Cole, 89, passed away on September 11, 2018, at his home in Louisville surrounded by his family. He was born on August 22, 1929, to Bert LeRoy and Lulu Nelson Cole in Pasco, WA. He grew up in St. Paul, MN and graduated from the Univ. of Minnesota in 1952, receiving a B. S. degree in Chemical Engineering. He then was commissioned as Ensign, U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War on Destroyer Escort USS LeRay Wilson, USN Pacific Fleet until 1955. From his home port in San Diego, CA, he had two overseas tours in the Philippines. He served three two-month tours as "Station Ship Hong Kong" and received the China Service Medal.

Hal held memberships in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Hunting Creek Country Club and Beckham Bird Club. He was also proud to be an Eagle Scout.

Following his military service, he began his career at duPont Chamber Works in Deepwater, NJ. In 1966, he was transferred by duPont to Louisville, KY, to work in the Neoprene plant where he retired in 1987.

Throughout his time in Louisville, Hal was an active member of Springdale Presbyterian Church and Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder and Deacon. During retirement he pursued a variety of hobbies such as golfing, birding, traveling, model airplanes, reading, classical music, and opera.

Hal was married to Marjorie Clements from 1953 until her death in 1984. They had two daughters, Mary Lou Cole Hoerster of Fredericksburg, TX, and Carol Ann Cole of Louisville, KY. He was married to Beverly Oyler from October, 1991, until her passing in October 1993.

On December 30, 1995, Hal married his current wife, Barbara Grant Graves, of Prospect, KY. He and Barbara had a wonderful marriage of almost 23 years.

Hal was considered by one of his grandsons to be a "gentleman extraordinaire", as he had an incredibly friendly and welcoming nature and was deeply loved by all those in his life. He had a remarkable intellect and loved discussions ranging from his experiences in the Navy to antique furniture. He had such a passion in everything he did and it showed in how he related to people.

Hal is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, his sister, Luella Hasbrouck of Fairfax, VA, his daughters, Mary Lou Cole Hoerster and Carol Ann Cole, step-son, Stuart Alexander Freeman (Kim) of Birmingham, AL, step-daughter, Elizabeth Freeman Daly (Colin) of Columbus, OH. Grandchildren, Laura Hoerster of Fredericksburg, TX, Nicole Chausenko of Centennial, CO, and Craig Hoerster of Northbrook, IL. Step-grandchildren, Will, Maggie, Grant and Sarah Freeman and Patrick and Carolyn Daly.

A service of celebration of Hal's life will be held at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Lane, Louisville, KY, on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at 2 PM followed by a reception in the church foyer.

Private interment prior to the service will be at the St. Francis in the Fields Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hosparus of Louisville, who led them through this journey or to Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 16, 2018
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