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Cole, Robert D.
Robert D. Cole, 89, Galesburg, died at 8:14 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010 in Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.

He was born January 4, 1921 in Warren County, IL, the son of Rex N. and Hazel M. Smith Cole. He married Katharine Stewart on June 16, 1950 in Rock Island, IL She preceded him in death on October 31, 2007.

He is survived by two brothers, Edward E. (and Teresa W.) Cole of Waltonville, IL, and William D. (and Marjorie) Cole of Galesburg, and several nieces and nephews.

Robert worked for the former C.B. & Q. Railroad for many years. He graduated from Avon High School. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking and took courses to improve his woodworking skills.

He served in the United States Army from September 24, 1942 to January 22, 1946. He received a Bronze Star while serving in France, Belgium, and Germany. Robert was a life member of V.F.W. Post 2257 and Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.

Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Sarah Parker will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or a charity of the donors choice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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