Junior Alvie Cole
June 22, 1927 – May 6, 2019
Junior Alvie Cole passed away on May 6, 2019 in Rifle, Colorado, after a brief illness. Junior was born to Myrtle (Green) and Fred Cole in Garden City, KS on June 22, 1927. He spent his childhood in Delta and Reed, CO, and graduated from Delta High School. He attended Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction, CO. He met Ruby Cole (Osborn) in Delta and they were married on June 7, 1948 in Salida, CO. Junior served his country in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific. Junior loved to work. He was employed as a lab tech (AEC) and was also self-employed as a mobile home dealer and rancher, ranching in Collbran, Loma, and Doyleville. He owned and operated a gravel pit business. He was a private pilot and loved to fly. He moved his family to River Road in Grand Junction so that he could have an airstrip and walk to his airplane. He loved to dance, and hobbies included baseball. Junior is survived by children, Linda Davis (Rex), Joyce Bridwell (Jim), Roger Cole (Sandy) and Dale Cole (Kim); sisters, Nora Jean Aslin and Georgia Wright; 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Cole; his parents, Myrtle and Fred Cole; five brothers and four sisters. There will be a graveside service on May 16, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 2830 Riverside Parkway, Grand Junction, CO. There will be a memorial service on May 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, CO. Junior very much enjoyed living at the Rifle Veteran’s Center and was appreciative of his care there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Veteran’s Community Living Center, 851 E. 5th Street, Rifle, CO.
- Graveside Service Thursday, May 16, 2019
- Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019
Junior Alvie Cole
May 16, 2019
Uncle Junior is a man I have admired and looked up to ever since I can remember. First I respect him and thank him for his service to our country in WWII. He sacrificed and did his part to protect our freedom and way of life. Next I admire him as a successful entrepreneur, businessman, and rancher. I always liked to get a ride in his airplane when he landed in Salida. He is a man who everyone can look up to and try to emulate. We will miss him and pray we will meet him again someday in the Kingdom of God. Nancy and I will make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in his memory.