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Charles V. Cole

June 18, 1928 ~ May 7, 2020 (age 91)


Charles V. Cole, age 91, of Auburn passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at his rural Auburn home.    

He was born on June 18, 1928 in Fort Wayne to Harry (H.V.) and Lillian (Kendig) Cole.  He graduated from Leo High School in 1948.

Charles married Millie Baughman on March 20, 1976 at the Newville United Methodist Church.  She resides in Auburn. 

He worked at Dana Corporation in Auburn for 30 years retiring in 1988.  Besides working at Dana Corporation he was also a longtime DeKalb County farmer.  Mr. Cole authored and published 7 books over the years.  He was a member of the Norris Chapel United Methodist Church and the St. Joe Lions Club.  For 16 years he took mission trips all over the United States to help those that were less fortunate that he was.  He enjoyed playing in the church softball league for several years.  He also served as a mentor to children at Riverdale Elementary School in St. Joe for several years.   

He was a simple man; loved God, his family and his land.  He passed as was his fashion, quietly in his sleep in his home.  He is now where he worked his whole life to be.

Survivors include: 

His wife; Millie Cole of Auburn.

Son; Tom Cole and Nancy Lewis of Auburn.

Daughter; Sandy Cole and Cathy Burch of Auburn.

Daughter and son-in-law; Holly and Roger Diederich of Auburn.

Daughter; Susan “Idd” Decker of Auburn.

Daughter; Kathy Cole of Auburn.

Daughter-in-law; Jenny Hartman of Anderson.

Step son and daughter-in-law; Dick and Cindy Hartman of Fremont.

19 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Sister-in-law; Helen Cole of Fort Wayne.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son; Dan Cole, step son; Don Hartman, grandson; Josh Wagner and one brother; Gordon Cole.

Due to the health concerns about large public gatherings the family has decided to have a private family service on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at the Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn with Pastor Mike Smith officiating.  

Burial will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Newville.

Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be directed to Norris Chapel United Methodist Church, 4793 Co Rd 40A, Auburn, Indiana 46706 and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn.

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