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Lee H. Cole
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1923
Porter County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 17, 2008
Michigan City
La Porte County
Indiana, USA

Nov. 1, 1923 - Oct. 17, 2008
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Lee H. Cole, 84, of Liberty Township, IN, passed away early
October 17, 2008, in St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Michigan City. He was born
November 1, 1923, in Woodville, Liberty Township (rural Chesterton, IN), to Valentine
Rue and Loretta May (Brown) Cole, who along with his brothers, Jack W. and Don C.
Cole, preceded him in death. On June 5, 1971, in LaPorte, Indiana, he married Bobbie
West O'Dell, who survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Lesa (O'Dell) (Gary)
Whitlark; and his grandson, Jamie Lee Whitlark of Pickney, Michigan; numerous
nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, among whom are Tim Cole, Kerry
Cole, Kirk Cole, Kim (Cole) Glassley, Rebecca (Cole) Crum with David Crum; buddies,
Tyler and Gavin Crum, Wendalyn (Cole) Kirpanos with James Kirpanos; and
sweethearts, Zoe and Onora Kirpanos. Also in mourning are the many members of the
West family and his faithful dog, Ladybug. Lee was a veteran of World War II and
Korea, a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, seeing action in the European
Theatre. In Korea he received serious wounds shattering his leg when bringing a medic
to his unit to attend to the other wounded. Left with others to be evacuated, his unit
moved on but came under heavy fire, wiping them out entirely; Lee was the only
survivor. His wounds, though with him for the rest of his life, did not prevent him from
achieving his life's goal: being an Indiana State Police Trooper. He joined the ISP in
1952, retiring in 1976 as detective sergeant. Upon his retirement, he then worked as
an investigator for the Indiana Welfare Department until retiring fully in 1996. He
made his home on the family farm where he had been born, helping his daughter and
others with Sheep and Walking Horse projects in 4-H. He and his wife, Bobbie, also
volunteered as chaperones and guides for the Trojan Guard while their daughter was
in school. Lee was a charter member of the VFW, Porter Post 2511. Lee had early
established a reputation as a "Straight Arrow" with his dedication to the precepts and
missions of the State Police. There are many in the area who remember being stopped
and lectured by him, including some within his own family. Also not forgotten are the
many times he went out of his way to help stranded or disabled motorists, once being
seriously injured while helping with a stalled car. Funeral services will be held
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at 11 a.m. from the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd
St., Chesterton, with Rev. Gene Collings officiating, followed by interment at
Chesterton Cemetery. The family will receive friends today, Oct. 20th, from 2-8 p.m.
in the White-Love Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks everyone to donate
to their local police organization in Lee Cole's memory, or to the VNA Hospice Center,
501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.
Published in the South Bend Tribune on 10/20/2008
Family links: 
  Valentine Rue Cole (1891 - 1952)
  Loretta May Brown Cole (1900 - 1987)
  Jack Wilbur Cole (1919 - 1992)*
  Don Clinton Cole (1921 - 2003)*
  Lee H. Cole (1923 - 2008)
*Calculated relationship
Chesterton Cemetery
Porter County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Scabbardfish
Record added: Oct 29, 2008
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Lee H. Cole
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Lee H. Cole
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