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Richard Cole

SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. -- Richard Charles Cole, 82, of Shippenville, died April 10, 2008, at his home. Mr. Cole was born in Sligo, Pa. on June 26, 1925, to Charles W. Cole (died in 1937) and Myrtle F. McKinney Cole (died in 1989). In 1946, he married Lois E. Hottel of Warren Pa., who survives.

Mr. Cole attended Sligo Public Schools and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943. While serving in the Navy for three years, he was a flight engineer on a PBM Search and Rescue Navy aircraft that patrolled the east coast for submarines, the Caribbean area and the famous Bermuda Triangle. He was stationed at the Banana River Naval Air Station in Florida.

After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, Mr. Cole attended Kent State University on the GI bill and graduated in 1950 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Mr. Cole was a partner in the insurance firm of Gelvin, Jackson and Starr Inc. in Meadville and retired in 1982.

He was a member of the Meadville Rotary Club and the Meadville Chamber of Commerce. He also served as president and educational chairman of the Crawford County Life Underwriters. As a resident of Woodcock Township, Mr. Cole served on the Penncrest school board and was a member of the Woodcock Planning and Zoning Commission. He also was a member of the American Legion Post in Meadville and Clarion.

After retiring, he and his wife traveled extensively with the Wally Byhan Airstream Group and also belonged to the Pennwood Airstream Park in Limestone, Pa., and the Travelers Rest Park in Florida.

He was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Meadville and Sligo.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Cynthia M. Fowler, and her husband, Don, of Rock Hill, S.C.; three sons, Daniel R. Cole and wife, Faye, of Saegertown, Stephen C. Cole and wife, Marsha, of Jamestown, N.Y., and Jeffrey A. Cole and his wife, Sharon, of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Charlotte Heeter and husband, John, of Knox, Pa.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Goble Funeral Home in Clarion, Pa., will be in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at the Sligo Cemetery.