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James W. ColeNovember 3, 1938 ~ January 17, 2018 (age 79)
James W. Cole, 79, of Hilliard, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at his residence.
A true renaissance man, James could fix anything. He loved to hunt and fish with his sons and enjoyed being outdoors. An avid basketball fan, he could often be found watching a game, especially his beloved Ohio State.
He was a 1956 graduate of Perry Zane High School where he excelled in basketball, once scoring 37 points in the first half of a game. James served his country in the United States Navy from 1957-1960. He retired from the City of Columbus where he worked as an electrician for more than 30 years including the Columbus Police Department and the Columbus Zoo in the early years. Even in retirement he kept busy, often completing projects around the house and climbing on the roof to finish a task when no one was looking.
Born November 3, 1938 in Middleburg, he was the son of the late Myrvin and Agnes (Dubbs) Cole. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Richards.
On October 14, 1961 in Middleburg, he married his wife of over 56 years, Linda L. (Mathys) Cole and she survives in Hilliard. Also surviving are his sons, James Ryan (Betsy) Cole and Kevin L. (Carole) Cole both of Columbus; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Wilson Funeral Home, Mannasmith Chapel. Burial will follow at the Middleburg Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the Union County Honor Guard. Friends may call from 1:00-2:00 P.M. prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilsonfuneralhomesinc.com