Lancaster - Gerald E. (Gene) Cole passed away on January 11, 2018. Born in New Lexington, Ohio on February 18, 1928 to parents Gerald and Rosenell Cole, and raised in Lancaster, Gene attended Lancaster City Schools where he was a track and field star, elected to the Lancaster High School
Hall of Fame. Moving on to The Ohio State University, Gene was again a sports stand-out, and was also inducted into the OSU Track and Field Hall of Fame. During his fourth year at OSU, Gene participated in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics where he earned a silver medal in the 4 X 400
meter relays. He was a Mason, Shriner and lifetime member of the Eagles. Gene retired from Anchor Hocking after nearly thirty years of service. Well known in the local real estate markets, where he was an agent for many years, Gene was a well-liked man who never seemed to meet a stranger. He will be sadly missed by his survivors, included his loving wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Ann(nee Jeffries) Cole, daughter Cynthia (Cole) Kirsch, sons Craig Cole and Christopher Cole, and stepchildren Jeffrey Uhl, Jerry Uhl and Leann Baker; niece, Michelle Kiger. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his step- mother Betty Cole and sons Gary Cole and Jeffrey Cole.
Friends may visit Monday, January 15, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. at Halteman-Fett-Dyer Funeral Home. As per Gene's wishes, cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals
, 3229 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229.
Published by Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Jan. 13, 2018.