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 Jack Wilbur Cole

Jack Wilbur Cole

Woodville, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Death 2 May 1992 (aged 72)
Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 131199845 · View Source
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Jack Wilbur Cole, 72, passed away Saturday morning, May 2nd, 1992, at Porter Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

A lifelong resident, he was born in Woodville (Liberty Township) June 27, 1919, to Valentine Rue Cole and Loretta May (Brown) Cole. He attended Cole's School and graduated from Liberty Center High School in 1939.

In 1942 he entered the Pilot Training program of the U.S. Army Air Corps, subsequently seeing action in the African campaign. He piloted a B-17 in the bombing of Berlin, was shot down behind enemy lines, and returned to Allied lines by trading his equipment (including his shoes) for concealment.

Following his discharge he married 1st Lt. Ruth L. Zuber at Chanute Field on October 5, 1946. His wife preceded him in death last October.

Following World War II, he made his home in Liberty Township and continued in the Air Force Reserve program, retiring in 1971 with the rank of Major.

He worked as an armature winder at Gary Works, U.S. Steel, until his retirement in 1977.

Jack was a member of St Patrick Catholic Church, a charter member and Past Commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2511, as well as a former member of the North Porter County Conservation Club.

He is survived by two brothers: Don Clinton Cole, wife Hazel, and Lee Henry Cole, wife Bobbie; a son: Jack Timothy Cole, wife Elaine; and two granddaughters: Rebecca and Wendalyn - all of Chesterton and Liberty Township.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 5, 4:00 PM to 8:00 at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home.

The VFW will present a short memorial service and will accompany the remains to Chesterton cemetery following a funeral service at 11:00 AM at Edmonds and Evans.

Chesterton Tribune - 5/4/1992

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Jack Cole was married to Catherine May Garrett on 2/8/1939 in Porter Co., IN. They had a child, Jack "Tim"othy Cole. They were divorced in 1942.

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  • Created by: Eva Hopkins
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 131199845
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jack Wilbur Cole (27 Jun 1919–2 May 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131199845, citing Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Eva Hopkins (contributor 47159848) .