RUTHVEN -- Funeral service for Robert Cole of Ruthven is Thursday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Roger Maize will officiate. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery, Ruthven.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Ruthven. Masonic Lodge ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Robert Lee Cole, son of Rolla and Leta (Bradley) Cole, was born Jan. 24, 1931, in Ruthven. He received his education at Ruthven Community High School. Bob attended Barber College in Sioux City.
On Oct. 9, 1956, Bob was married to Josephine Simington in Cherokee. To this union two children were born. Bob was a barber in Algona and Spencer before owning and operating his barber shop in Ruthven.
Bob joined the United States Army and he was stationed in England and later the United States Air Force, and he was stationed in Turkey and Germany. Bob was an electronic security command and personnel superintendent. He retired from the military after 32 years.
After returning to Iowa, Bob and Jo were cemetery caretakers at the Crown Hill Cemetery for several years. Bob was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ruthven, American Legion Post #33, Highland Masonic Lodge, Methodist Men's Group, the Ruthven Library Board and Palo Alto County Veteran's Commission.
Bob enjoyed reading and watching Jeopardy. He was an avid hunter and sports enthusiast. Bob loved aviation, American history and the Sioux Indian culture.
Bob passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer, at the age of 80.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rolla and Leta Cole; his aunts, Edna Schwaiger and Emma Bradley; and a brother-in-law, Donald Eldridge.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine of Ruthven; his children. Cynthia Cole of Ruthven and David Cole and his wife, Judy of Emmetsburg; five grandchildren, Kayla Hagen (Kyle) of Junction City, KS, Marilee Hicks of Fargo, ND, Austin, Jordan and April Cole of Emmetsburg; a sister, Maxine Eldridge of Terril; and sister-in-law, Wanda Horst of Ruthven; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Condolences can be left at: www.martinmatticefuneralhome.com