MANSFIELD: Eugene E. Cole, 81, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.
Eugene was born April 29, 1932 in Jacob, Kentucky and was the son of Willie and Virgie (Dean) Cole.
He retired after working as a crane operator at Empire Detroit Steel Mill for 41 years.
On February 3, 1950, he married June Marie Phillips. Eugene was a member of Dean Road Freewill Baptist Church.
He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
His hobbies included coon hunting and collecting and trading knives, watches, and guns.
Eugene loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Along with his wife, June Cole, Eugene is survived by three children, Brenda (Roger) Mabe, Gary (Karen) Cole, and Carolyn Rowe all of Mansfield, OH; six grandchildren, Christy Cole, Bobbi Cole, Heather Hamm, Leanna Mosier, Tiffany Soto, and Sherry Mabe; ten great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three siblings, Martha Phillips, Willard (Omega) Cole, and Wade (Nancy) Cole all of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eugene was preceded in death by one son, Larry Cole; his parents; eight siblings, Arthur Cole, Clayton Cole, Troy Cole, Magdalene Blevins, Annie Conn, and Edna Carroll, an infant brother, and an infant sister.
Calling hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Dean Road Freewill Baptist Church, 1169 Mill Street, Mansfield.
Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Brother Earl Tackett and Brother Glen Phillips officiating.
Burial will be in Springmill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Werner-Gompf Funeral Services.
Online condolences may be made at www.wernergompf.com