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August 7, 2013

Gordon James Cole

MEADVILLE — Gordon James Cole, 90, a resident of Juniper Village, formerly of 13723 Route 98, Meadville, for 20 years passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Meadville Medical Center after an extended illness.

He was born in Meadville on Oct. 9, 1922, the son of Gordon Dennis and Ruby Van Horne Cole. They preceded him in death.

He graduated from Meadville High School in 1941 and attended Allegheny College for a brief time before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served on the USS Malloy, a destroyer escort, patrolling the North Atlantic throughout World War II, and was part of the contingency at Normandy, France on D-Day. After the war Gordon returned to Meadville and graduated from Erie Business College.

He married Dorothy LaRae Moyer Harvey on Aug. 28, 1946. She preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Clementine Shoup and Edith Hutchinson; a stepson, Michael D. Harvey; and his son-in-law, David Hunt.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda Hathaway Hunt of Winter Springs, Fla.; a son, Dennis Cole and his wife, Beth, of Venice, Fla. (formerly Meadville); a brother, Lawrence (Sonny) Cole of Rough and Ready, Calif.; his companion and friend, Jean Clawson of Linesville; two granddaughters, Christine Cole Csonka and her husband, Sam, of Greenville and Beth Valentine Clawges and her husband, Jason, of Morgantown, W.Va.; five great-grandchildren Kamarin, Carlin, Chloe and Emily DiRaimondo of Greenville, and Jonathan Cole Clawges of Morgantown, W.Va.; a great-great-granddaughter, Georgia Rose Swiger of Greenville; three stepgranddaughters, Carleigh Brunot of Portland, Ore., Kaylan Brunot Fagan of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Charris Brunot of Erie; two great-stepgrandsons, Tyler and Jake Csonka of Greenville.

He was an accountant by trade, having worked most of his career at Aetna Machine Co. in Cochranton. He was a 32nd degree mason, belonging to Masonic Lodge 234 in Meadville for more than 50 years. He was a past monarch of Kismet Grotto and a life-long member of the New Castle Masonic Consistory; Elks Lodge 219 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, both of Meadville. He was also a member of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DESA).

Gordon was an avid golfer and once scored a hole-in-one at Whispering Pines Golf Course. He very much enjoyed all four seasons of northwest Pennsylvania. Gordon loved the outdoors and could be found on Tamarack Lake in the coldest of weather with his fishing and golfing buddy John Hodges. He also enjoyed traveling thoughout the U.S. to attend DESA conventions and was active in his Masonic Lodge and Kismet Grotto.

Calling hours are Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where a Masonic memorial service will be held at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Ron Brown of The Changing Place, Meadville, officiating.

Interment with full military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006 will be in Greendale Cemetery, West Mead Township.

Share your condolences at miznerfuneralhome.com.

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