Obituary: Jacob Wilbur Cole

April 28, 1929 – December 21, 2017

BURLEY — Jacob “Jake” Wilbur Cole, age 88, passed away Thursday, December 21, 2017, in Burley, Idaho; a beloved husband, father, soldier, Scoutmaster, and friend.

Jake was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, April 28, 1929, to parents, Ellsworth Lincoln Cole and Edith Lorraine Reagan Cole, where he joined his three older sisters, Tharon, Mina, and Buddy Cole. He went to school in Cleveland, Ohio, and briefly served in the United States Navy until they found out he could not swim. He worked as a brakeman for New York Central Railroad and worked for American Airlines prior to being drafted into United States Army in 1951. After boot camp, he was recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to work both in Germany and the States until 1958. He then went on to serve as a radar technician for the Army until his retirement in 1972.

On a lucky day in 1954, he met Edith Harriet Wilde and on July 16, 1955, they were wed. Their marriage of 62 and one-half years was blessed with five children: Jeffrey, Lawrence, Andrew, David, and Susan.

He served his country, his family, his neighbors, and his community with respect, dignity, and a selfless grace—whether through his leadership in the Army, the Scouting programs, the American Legion, or just being that great neighbor, volunteer, and kind gentleman who many knew. In the Boy Scouts of America, he was both a Cub Master and Scout Master and was awarded the highest honor of the Silver Beaver, along with raising three Eagle Scouts of his own.

He is survived by his wife, Edith Harriet Cole; his children, Lawrence and Linda Cole of Memphis, Tennessee, Andrew and Melanie Cole of Silverdale, Washington, David and Janet Cole of Albion, and Susan Veronica Cole of Burley; and seven grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Buddy; and one son, Jeffrey Bruce Cole.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Faith Baptist Church, 335 W. 13th St., in Burley, with Pastor Robert Humphries officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Albion American Legion Post No. 124, assisted by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Organization. Burial will follow at the Mormon Cemetery in Albion.

Funeral arrangements have been placed in the care of Rasmussen Funeral Home of Burley.

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