Donald Dean Cole

A visitation for Donald Dean Cole, 82, Lawrence, will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Donald passed away Monday, February 10, 2020 at LMH Health.

Donald was born on August 18, 1937 in Kansas City, MO, the son of Irving and Pauline (Mitchell) Cole.

He served his country in the United States Army after attending Stillwater High School and Oklahoma St University.

Besides spending time with family and friends, Donald enjoyed bowling on a league, fishing, hunting, and following KU sports and the Kansas City CHIEFS.

He was a General Manager for OTASCO and later the Meadowbrook Apartments in Lawrence.

He is survived by and married E. Darlene White on November 24, 1959 in Stillwater, OK.

Other survivors include his son, Dean (Barbara) Cole, Lawrence, Darren (Allison) Cole, Katy, TX; four grandchildren Brett, Taylor, Kendall, and Kylie Cole; brother, Jerry Cole, Dallas, TX; and more extended family.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Lung Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

17 Condolences

  1. MIKE AND ROSEMARY HADL on February 11, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Dear Mrs. Cole and Family, so sorry for your loss…He was a great man…Mike…

  2. Tim Grace on February 11, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    To the to the entire Cole family – I’m so sorry for your loss. Don, the father of my son-in-law, Darren, is a man that I’ve come to respect and love like a brother over the years. His loss is felt by myself, and I know by many others outside of the family. I can only wish I could have known him longer and better. My deepest condolences to all of you.

  3. Dana on February 11, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    we love you Cole Family.
    Uncle Don you are ‘up there!’

    Dana Kay and the boys

  4. Michelle Wyatt on February 11, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the whole family. We loved this man. What a good friend.

  5. Christopher Denman on February 11, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Coles.

  6. Alison Delaney on February 11, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Deepest condolences to the Cole family ❤️

  7. Sandra Kendrick on February 11, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the Cole family’.

  8. Bob and Diana on February 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Deepest sympathy to Darlene and the entire Cole family.

  9. Frankie Hodgson on February 11, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Bill and Frankie
    Darlene our heart goes out to. Don was a great man. When I thank of Don he was always so happy and love to joke. We had some great times.

  10. Jamie on February 11, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. Don was such a kind and loving man. Words cannot express what he meant to me. He will be missed but I know he will forever be in your hearts. Love to the Cole family.

  11. Kim Roberts on February 12, 2020 at 5:09 am

    So sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy and prayers for your

  12. Lisha Rhoads on February 12, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Love to Darlene, Dean and Darren. You and your family are in our thoughts.

    Lisha Rhoads
    Stillwater Ok.

  13. Matt Taranto on February 12, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Don was the head of one of my favorite families! He and his wife were always incredibly kind to me and I spent a lot of time during high school and college at their house in Lawrence. He raised two great kids and will be missed!

  14. Marty Marsh on February 12, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    To Dean and family,
    Sorry for your loss. I know how much you and your dad enjoyed bowling together. Hugs to everyone.

  15. Ray and Marsha Goff on February 12, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    To Darlene and family:
    We lost half of one of our favorite couples. Didn’t we have fun over the years? We know all of you have suffered a devastating loss and will miss Don dearly. We will miss him, too. Sent with love and sorrow.
    Ray and Marsha Goff

  16. Bob Aistrup on February 12, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    May Uncle Don RIP and let healing begin for the families with Gods blessing. With love Bobby Aistrup

  17. Mary Ann Wieneman on April 28, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Darlene and Family: I got to know Don very well after my dad, Charlie Mills passed away in 2013. He knew both of my parents. He came to Starbucks’s everyday unless he was sick. I went to school with Darren. We were in the same graduating class. We became fast friends and he talked a lot about my dad and mother. I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all. Even though I have retired from Dillon’s I’ll always remember visiting with Don. Love from Mary Ann Mills Wieneman

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