Leland Dean Cole
1939 - 2019
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Leland "Lee" Dean Cole

On the 2nd of June, 2019, Leland (Lee) Dean Cole, passed away peacefully at the age of 79. Lee was born on September 8, 1939 in Little River, Kans. to Reland and Florine Cole. Lee graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961 and received his JD degree from the Moritz College of Law in 1968 at the Ohio State University. He was a proud member of the Moot Court Team at OSU.

On June 8, 1963 he married Mary Challinor Cole of Kansas City Missouri. Mary joined him in Hawaii where he served in the U.S. Navy as Engineering Officer of the USS Vance stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Lee's passion for debate in both high school and college inspired Lee to become an attorney. Lee practiced Law from 1968 till his retirement in 2015, mostly at his offices of Cole Co. LPA in Bath, Ohio. Lee was a member of Akron and Ohio Bar Associations and in 1990, he was sworn in to the Supreme Court Bar of the United States. Lee was also a solicitor for the Village of Peninsula for many years.

In 1981 Lee, with three partners, incorporated C.E.D., a mineral processing company in Virginia. He was President of C.E.D. For many years, and was also chairman of the board of NISA (National Industrial Sand Association) and many other related organizations for C.E.D.

Lee and Mary were fortunate to travel around the world and tried to play golf in each country, including Africa, Russia and many other interesting sites. Besides traveling, Lee was an avid golfer at Firestone, Fiddlesticks and Fairlawn Country Clubs. He had his only hole in one, at Fiddlesticks on Hole #3 of the Long Mean in 2018. Lee also enjoyed skiing, playing bridge, sponsoring teens in the American Soap Box Derby, and taking many trips to Indy to see the 500.

Lee loved fishing at his beloved Murray Lake Fish and Game Club in Quebec every August. Lee loved to root for the Jayhawks basketball team with his sister-in law, Jean Hall of Kansas City and also rooted for the Buckeyes with his special law school friends, the Hoppers.

Lee and Mary owned a condo at Fiddlesticks Country Club in Ft. Myers Florida, from 1999 until 2018. Both Lee and Mary golfed and enjoyed many winters there and made many great friends.

Sadly, Lee was diagnosed with Alzheimers in the spring of 2012. In late March of 2019, Lee became a resident of Greenfield Estates. The family cannot thank the staff enough for the care he received and the love they showed at this wonderful home.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary (nearly 56 years); his son, Michael (Allison); grandchildren, Alex and Katie of Akron; brothers, Steven (Judy) of Dallas, Texas and Reland of Great Bend, Kans.; many cousins, nieces, nephews and a boat load of wonderful friends, too many to mention. You know who you are !!

Calling hours will be held at Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Rd., Fairlawn, Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron, 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, where friends may call 10 until service time. Burial at Rose Hill Cemetery with a Military Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to the Alzheimer's Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Flr. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or a charity of your choice.

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jun. 4 to Jun. 5, 2019.
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June 7, 2019
Mary, Michael, and family, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of this brilliant man. I have heard wonderful things about Lee throughout my career from mutual friends and he was highly respected. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Chuck Mullen
June 6, 2019
I had the pleasure of working at Cole Co. LPA years ago. What a kind and generous man. He will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to all.

Kelly Miller Dutton
June 5, 2019
Lee was a great guy, who we had the pleasure of knowing for about ten years. He was a true gentleman, always happy and fun to be with. He is and will continue to be missed by all of his buddies at Fiddlesticks.
We extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Mary and all of the family.
Carol and Ken Rayborn
June 5, 2019
We are so saddened to hear of your loss - Lee was an amazing man - may his sweet memories bring comfort to you and your family.
Linda and Stan Apple
June 5, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May God's promise comfort and sustain you during this difficult time. John 6:40
June 4, 2019
My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time and beyond.
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