THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Bernard "Ben" Cole
Issue Date: May 29, 2019
Bernard "Ben" Cole died on May 25, 2019. He was born on Sept. 14, 1936 at home in Stephenson, MI to Harold and Peggy (Chaney) Cole. He graduated from Stephenson High School in 1954 and was drafted in the Army in 1955, where he was stationed in Korea for 18 months. After discharge from the service he worked in Chicago.
He married Doris Kohtanen on Jan. 4, 1958, and they later moved back to Daggett in 1961 where he and his dad began their logging business. He loved his job and enjoyed it more as his two sons and now three grandsons joined the company of Cole & Cole Forest Products LLC. He retired in 2015.
Ben was a member of the Carney Evangelical Free Church where he assisted in the Awana Program saying he loved watching kids laugh and play games as they learned about Jesus. He also loved helping in the church nursery so their parents could enjoy the church service. Ben loved being a father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved and enjoyed helping any child his whole life. He coached Little League and Pop Thoune Football for many years and loved watching his children and his grandchildren play on softball, baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, golf, track and cross country teams. He also enjoyed knowing they did well on BPA and Impromptu Speech Teams. Ben further enjoyed going to their band concerts and plays.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Doris; their five children, Heidi (John Behrendt) Kraemer, Roger (Pam), Holli (Bob Wodrazka) Marklein, Haili (Brien) Thoney and Randy (Lisa); nine grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; one brother, George (Milly) of Escanaba; and a sister, Bonnie (John) Czaskos of Franklin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, David "Skippy".
Service will be held at the Carney Evangelical Free Church on Saturday June 1, 2019 with visitation from 1 pm until time of Funeral Service at 4 pm with Pastor Kit Bogan officiating. A lunch will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Oakwood. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.