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Harold Spencer Cole, 82, Eucha, Okla.: Dec. 16, 1941 – June 2, 2024

Harold Spencer Cole

Harold Spencer Cole, aged 82, of Eucha, Oklahoma, was called to eternal rest on June 2, 2024. Born on December 16, 1941, in Riverside, California, Harold’s life was marked by unwavering patriotism and dedication to his nation.

A native of Wellington, Harold was raised in a nurturing family environment by his parents and alongside his brothers and sister.

His collegiate years at Kansas State University fostered a lifelong affinity for the institution, symbolized by his enduring display of purple pride. He was also a devoted member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Upon graduation, Harold honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force, which included two distinguished tours of duty in Vietnam, two Bronze Stars for meritorious commitment, and a Purple Heart for wounds received while deployed.
His commitment to service continued in his civilian career as an engineer with the Veterans Administration hospitals. His exemplary work ethic and leadership culminated in his role as Chief Engineer for the VA in Los Angeles, from which he retired.

In retirement, Harold returned to his cherished childhood haunt, Grand Lake, Oklahoma. There, he founded and managed a beloved marina, endearing himself to the community.

Harold leaves behind a legacy through his sons, Derek Mathew Cole and wife Sharon Evans, and Ward Martin Cole II and wife Leslie Thorne Cole; grandsons Brent Mathew Cole and Jackson Walker Cole; his brothers George Cole and wife Nanda, Sherman Cole and wife Candy, Charles Cole and wife Jan; and sister Mary Cole. Nieces Jackie and Sydna, and nephews Spencer, Clay, and Michael. And of course, his many friends and colleagues.

Harold’s life will be commemorated with a service to be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later time. His family invites those whose lives were touched by Harold to join in honoring his memory.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to a veterans’ charity of your choice, in memory of Harold Spencer Cole.

May he rest in peace and his memory be forever cherished.

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