Paul Henry Cole, age 76, of Gladstone, passed away Friday evening, October 26, 2018, at DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans surrounded by loved ones.
Paul was born October 4, 1942, in Escanaba, the son of Paul F. and Irene (Baribeau) Cole. He graduated from Gladstone High School in 1960. From there he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving 4 years stationed at Kincheloe AFB in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. After his military years, he relocated to his home town of Gladstone where he met and married Suzanne Randall in 1964 and together they started their family. Recently, they celebrated 54 years of marriage. About that time is also when he started his 34 year career with the Michcon Consolidated Gas Company (now known as DTE Energy).
Paul was a skilled laborer and a customer favorite as he worked on many furnaces in his day. He was a very smart and mechanically gifted man always willing to lend a helping hand. He inspected many of pipelines and toward the end of his working career became a well-respected trainer where he excelled. He was able to share his knowledge with many co-workers and peers and touch the lives of many throughout to this day. He officially retired in 1996, but was still available to those in need.
Paul was a passionate golfer for most of his life, playing many of courses and forming a plethora of life-long friends. Many who golfed with him may say he had a bit of a temper, we’ll just say he was competitive. Paul also enjoyed bowling for many years and was an avid cribbage player as well as Green Bay Packer fan, but only if they were winning. He enjoyed old western movies, watching many different sports and building computers. He was a hard-working, quiet and reserved man with great love for his family and pets. He was a staple at his children’s sporting events and, eventually, his grandchildren… who were quick to become the apples of his eye. His love, support and encouragement will forever live on in his memory. He will be dearly missed by those closest to him.
In addition to his loving wife of 54 years, Sue (Randall) Cole, Paul is survived by:
2 Sons: Paul (Carolyn) Cole of Wilson, MI
Greg (Connie) Cole of San Diego, CA
1 Daughter: Kristin (Troy) Bowden of Escanaba, MI
1 Brother: Tom (Vicki) Cole, of Green Bay, WI
1 Sister: Mary Soper of Cornell, MI
Grandchildren: Alexis Cole, Brandon Bowden, Carly Bowden, Nikki (Brooks) Pirlot, Jeremy (Kasey) Heim, and John (Emily) Heim.
Great Grandchildren: Brynn Pirlot, Hannah Pirlot, Skylar Pirlot, Gage Heim, Griffin Heim, Georgia Heim, and Baby Pirlot.
Brother in laws: Robert Randall, Mike (Terrylann) Randall, Patrick DeBauche. Sister in law: Linda (Ray) Mayotte, Kathy Cole
Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.
In addition to his parents, Paul is preceded in death by:
Brother: Jim Cole
Sister: Anne Marie
Sister in law: Karen Randall
Brother in law: Robert Soper
Mother and father in law.
Family will receive friends Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone from 2:00 until 4:00 PM. Military Honors will be presented by the Gladstone American Legion at 3:45 PM. Funeral services for Paul will follow Military Honors at 4:00 PM at Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone with Pastor Tim Wright officiating. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Cole family.