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Kenneth Cole

February 18, 1936 — September 28, 2015

Kenneth D. Cole, 79, of Lee’s Summit passed away on September 28, 2015 at his home in John Knox Village.

Kenneth was born on February 18, 1936 in Granby, Missouri to Raymond and Nellie Cole. He studied at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, Missouri, then relocated to Kansas City where he went to work for Bendix. He began his career in the mailroom. Ken took a hiatus from Bendix and volunteered to serve his country in the US Army in Germany where he worked in Military Intelligence as a Tech Sergeant SP5 gathering signal intelligence during the Cold War. It was there he met his wife, Karola and they started their family. He went back to Bendix after his service and stayed employed there for 38 years before retiring as an Architectural Designer in 1994.

Ken enjoyed bowling, camping, fishing, and MU sports. He was active with the KC Turners – Germanic Club and served as their President. After moving to John Knox Village, he enjoyed participating in bowling, the community garden, exercise classes, and playing cards with his dear friends. He was also pleased to usher for the Village Church. Ken served on John Knox Village Foundation Ambassadors Executive Committee and Residents Finance committee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karola; his grandson, Kevin Cole; and his brothers: Wilbur and Raydean. He is survived by his son, Frank Cole; his daughters: Barbara (Darwin) Schocke and Kenella (Paul) Prato; grandchildren: Rick Cole, Jared Spangler, Paige Spangler, Megan Prato, and Sophia Prato; his niece, Vicki Adams; and his beloved dog, Benji.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at John Knox Village Chapel, 400 SW Murray Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO. Funeral Services will be held at Longview Funeral Home, 12700 S Raytown Rd, Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, October 6th at 12:30 pm. Interment will follow services at Longview Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Rd, Kansas City, MO 64137.

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