Lowell G. Cole, 72, of McCook Lake, S.D., died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at Westwood Nursing and Rehab in Sioux City, following a lengthy courageous battle with cancer.
Lowell G. Cole was born May 15, 1934, in Sioux City, the son of Gordon and Barbara (Schaeffer) Cole, and was a lifelong Siouxland resident. He graduated from Central High School with the class of '52. He married Mardelle Fellhaver on May 11, 1956, in Coleridge, Neb. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in May. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.
Lowell was a toolmaker at Sioux Tools for 45 years until his retirement in 1997. He was a member of the Machinist Union for more than 40 years. He also served on the Jefferson School Board for nine years.
Lowell attended Riverside Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the American Legion and the McCook Lake Ike's Club.
Lowell loved his grandchildren. He was born a ball player. He played semi pro baseball in Homer and Coleridge, Neb. Lowell enjoyed coaching softball. He also played fastpitch softball in Sioux city.
Lowell loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing; especially teaching his grandchildren to fish. He took pride in his lawn and garden.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mardelle Cole of McCook Lake, S.D.; three daughters, Debra (Doug) Furlich of Lawton, Cheryl Nordstrom of Sioux City, and Ann (Mike) Cole-Nelson of Remsen; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Adam and Abby Furlich, Kristine, Keith, Michaela and Seth Nelson; two brothers, Vernon (June) Cole of Huron, S.D., and Gerald Cole of Sioux City; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Cole of Lincoln, Neb., and Marcia Fellhaver of Coleridge, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Evelyn Levering; one brother, Eugene Cole; a sister-in-law, Marian Cole, and two brothers-in-law, Arthur and Don Feelhaver.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Lutheran Church in Sioux City with the Rev. Charles Wolff officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Tuesday), at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel (formerly Nelson-Berger Morningside Chapel). The family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. and there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Private graveside services will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Baldwin, Jeff Wemhoff, Jon Russell, Terry Weber, Larry Becker and Ron Kistner. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Mahnke, Don Duff, Marv Schemmel, Dieter Hallwas, Charles Williams and Wayne Thomas.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland.
Condolences may be sent online to www.meyerbroschapel.com.