Cole William Hering

March 9, 1984October 14, 2020

Cole William Hering, 36, of Knoxville, TN, formally of Stillwater, MN. Cole passed away at his apartment on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 after a long battle with COVID-19.

Cole was born on March 9, 1984 in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Kathryn (Dave) Rikess and Larry (Anita) Hering, and was one of five children. He grew up in Bayport and attended Stillwater area high school.

Cole became an accomplished Chef in Minneapolis at Brasa, Dakota Jazz Club, Northeast Social Club and Four Bells. It was important to Cole that he stayed in touch with his many close friends. Even after moving away, spending long hours visiting on the phone.

Upon moving to Knoxville in 2018, while working for United Parcel Service, he lived with his brother, Eric, and sister-in-law, Bridget, until he found his own apartment.

Cole’s hobbies included hockey, football, baseball, and music. As a youth hockey player, Cole played on many hockey teams at his beloved St. Mary’s Point Arena. When he moved to Minneapolis he was a volunteer youth hockey coach for the Minneapolis Park System. He was an avid guitarist and collected guitar pics from many famous artists. As part of a group called The Three Amigos, he combined with best friends Dustin Pettee and Mitch Otterson to see many national artists all over the Midwest. He loved animals and the great outdoors and enjoyed hiking excursions.

He is survived by his parents, sister Sarah Day, brothers, Eric (Bridget), Matthew, and Javon (Elodie), and his four nephews; Cameron, Graysen, Croix and Avery. He is also survived by his Uncle Martin Kors, Aunt Amy Korthank, Uncle Bill (Carol) Hering and Aunt Carrie (John) Carlberg, Uncle Tom (Bonnie ) Benoy and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; William and Helen Hering and Doris Korthank; nephew Haydan and niece Catherine.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and the interment will be private. Details will be communicated directly to friends and family.


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Cole William Hering

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Kathryn Korthank Rikess

October 17, 2020

You were born to dance to the beat of your own heartbeat. To roam with out cages, with the free spirt of untamed horses.
Stay wild,
My wild...
... child

jack kennedy

October 17, 2020

The years that we spent together as roomates and as fiends will always be a one of the most imprtant chapters in my life. The wry wisdom tuaght me and tthe others around you, that the only thing to fear is living in the cold cast of your own shadow. And always make the most humorous thing in your should always be yourself.

Dustin Pettee

October 17, 2020

Where do I begin, Cole was one of BEST friends! We kept in touch since he moved to Tennesse, we spoke about 4 weeks ago, and we talked on the phone for over 5 hours. I still cant believe this, I am still in a state of shock. From my 1st job on Clyde's on the St. Croix is I believe our friendship really kicked off. One year the town of Bayport flooded and his place was flooded, so he moved in with my family and I, we lived on the otherside of the road, so we didnt get flooded. We were friends through out high school, and after he moved to Minneapolis, where there are so MANY stories! I could write several books to just start to explain the FUN and JOY we had. Cole, Mitch and myself considered us to be the 3 amigos. He had so MANY other close friends. Sam M, Chase G, Jed M, Mya B , Peter G, Grant T, Jay R, and so many I can't name them all. He had so many friends, we all ended up takken different paths, be marriage, school, kids, or moving away, but we were ALWAYS friends. We shared so many AMAZING times, we went to ALOT of concerts! I have most of my ticket stubs still. When we had nothing to do on a weekend or anytime, we would crank Pantara one of our favorite bands and just me and him would start a mosh pit in his room. And that was are idea of fun! We were also BIG horror movie fans! He also told me that he was so proud of me that I cleaned up my act and became a father. He always mentioned that to me everytime we spoke, it meant alot! I love my friend Cole so much! I can't wait till this mess were all in is over. I have so many ideas and things I want to say when we have his celebration of his life. I know he wouldnt want me to get all teary eyed over this. So Cole! Have a ice cold PBR up there with a chilled shot of Jagermeister on the side. Have a blast with Dimebag, Vinnie Paul, and all the others! I love you my friend! I will keep strong and keep living life for you and me. Till we meet again. 🤘

Jack Riebel

October 17, 2020

Cole was a member of the culinary team at the Dakota when I was the chef,. He was a welcome addition to our team from the moment he was hired. There are so many stories to share,, however the memories to celebrate
are the many attributes he brought to the kitchen. Cole never shied away from the hard work, he was committed to both learning and teaching, always a smile, for certain a joke, he was loyal to his team, always making sure everyone one prepared, aiding those in need of help. He was a fantastic line cook, calm “under pressure” a song he played before service many times. A true pleasure to have in the kitchen.
He was also had a good ping pong game (although not as good as his dad).
My heart goes out to his family in this time of grieving. I am so sorry for this unnecessary and tragic loss. Covid-19 has taken a soul who made everyone’s life he touched a little better. May he Rest In Peace ...

Christine (Tina) Lorentz

October 17, 2020

My son Ryan grew up with Cole. They were inseparable. Cole was like another son to me. He came to Lake Powell with us, he went to Canada with Ryan and his dad. We went to Colorado.... he was always welcome in our home and will forever be in our hearts.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I’m so very saddened by this.
Blessings to all.

Josh Lindquist

October 16, 2020

Cole was one of my better friends in the kitchen. He and I had many memories sweating out the dinner rush. I'm going to miss him. I'm brought back to a day off we had together and watched the entire first season of the old tv show 'Simon and Simon' and ate lasagna. He was always a welcome friend when I saw him. Cheers Cole. See you in Valhalla.

Mark Aronson

October 16, 2020


You were my goalie, and you remained my friend.

I put my own 5–year-old into Mites last year, and when he asked about playing goalie, I said “like Coley?”. Dude, our friendship extended beyond those days, but you’ll always be my goalie and a guy that I would tell my kid to look up to. Love you man.

Carrie Carlberg

October 16, 2020

As an Aunt of Cole, I always remember his smile and hugs he would give. When he was just a boy we would love to see Cole and his siblings. They would play with our kids of which, we have fond memories. I know you are with your grandmothers and grandfather.

Larry Hering

October 16, 2020

Cole was a great son. He was funny, kind, and a friend to many. He loved his family and extended family very much and asked about them often in the phone conversations I had with him. He always felt lucky to have close friends like Dustin and Mitch (Mentioned in the obituary). Tommy Miklesh was also a coveted friend.

Cole loved his mom and step-dad Dave as well as step-mom Anita. He stayed in regular touch with Javon (brother) and Sarah (sister). He had a very special relationship with his brother Eric. From the time they were little Cole was protective of Eric and as they grew up Eric shared almost every interest Cole had. Cole was a hockey goalie so Eric was a hockey goalie. Cole was a baseball catcher so Eric was a baseball catcher, and so on.

It was Eric and his wife Bridget that brought Cole to Knoxville, where Eric and Bridget have lived for years. In their generosity they opened their home to Cole when he first moved to Knoxville and they were very close to the end.

He routinely talked to brother Javon and sister Sarah in order to keep up with their lives.

As for me, I loved Cole with all my heart and soul. I, like the rest of the family, will never forget him. He was truly one of a kind.

Pictured below is Cole (center) surrounded by his brothers and sister.

Katie Donovan

October 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss! Peace To your entire family-


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