Leonard O. Cole Jr.

Cole, Leonard O., Jr. age 88 of Osage Beach, formerly of Ferguson, Mo. passed away peacefully at Lake Regional Hospital, February 20, 2013, with his son by his side. Len, as all who knew him, was married 64 years to Grace Johnson Cole. To this union, they were blessed with 2 children, a devoted son Lee and his wife Dee; a beautiful daughter, Barbara Rubinson (Dr. Sam); 5 grandchildren Sarah Levy (Benny); Tom and Mark Rubinson; Leonard E. Cole IV; Dr. Nick Stoffregen; 2 great-grandchildren Itai and Batya Levy; sister-in-laws, Mildred Johnson, Denise Anna (Dale) and dear friend Evah Johnson; one nephew Larry Lynch (Rose); and one niece Linda (Carl) Raney. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Cole, Sr. and mother Edna (Braun), sister Lorraine Lynch, daughter Barbara and wife Grace. Len graduated from Fairview Heights School and went to work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad before he volunteered for the Army Air Corps. There he served as a B-24 Gunner/Draftsman achieving the rank of Sergeant during World War II. In 1947 he returned to the railroad and retired as a Project Engineer after 43 years of service. He then went on to the Robert W. Hunt Co. as a consultant for the Barnum and Bailey Circus trains for 18 years. Len and Grace retired to Osage Beach in 1983 where they shared their love of the lake, traveled extensively, and actively volunteered while being members of the Missouri Pacific Association; Lake of the Ozarks Retired Railroaders Club; and 461st Bombardment Group (H). He was a member of Mizpah Mount Moriah Lodge #40 AF & AM in Florissant, Mo. and he was a charter member of the St. Louis Tip Toppers. He enjoyed woodworking in his basement turning out many beautiful pieces including furniture and doll houses. Len was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather, and friend to many. He had a dry sense of humor which was intertwined with interesting stories of his boyhood and experiences in the Armed Forces. He will be missed by all who knew him. Services: Interment will be Monday, February 25, 2013 at 2:00 at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. Memorial donations are suggested in lieu of flowers to Dogwood Animal Shelter Osage Beach, MO 65065, or Shriners Hospitals for Children. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at hedgesscottfuneralhomes.com Arrangements have been placed under the care of Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, Missouri.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Feb. 24, 2013