December 8, 1977 – May 3, 2019
With deepest sorrow, we announce that Jason L. Cole, age 41, our most beloved son, brother, uncle, family member and friend passed away suddenly on Friday, May 3, 2019 at his residence.
Those who knew Jason, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.
Jason was born and resided in Muncie, Indiana, and was a 1996 graduate of Muncie Southside High School. He worked with SSC, a part of Muncie Community Schools, at the time of his passing. Jason enjoyed board games, LEGOs, drawing, cars and playing golf with his father as well as bowling and softball.
Jason is missed everyday by his mother, Jackie Cole, his father, Jack Cole Jr. (Karel), sisters, Kayli Cole (Indianapolis), and Kimberly Andersen (Carmel), brothers, Kevin Cole (Indianapolis) and Sam Parker (Muncie), his niece Francesca Andersen (Carmel), his loving dogs, Snoop and Slim, his loving aunts, uncles, cousins and many great friends.
Jason is preceded in death by grandparents, Ray and Mildred Williams, Jack Sr. and Melba Cole, step-grandmother Carol Cole, uncle, Jerry Cole and aunt, Wanita Cox.
Jason will be cremated and memorial services will be held at Elm Ridge Funeral Home, 4600 West Kilgore Avenue, Muncie, Indiana, 47304, on Saturday May 11, 2019, at 1:00 pm. With Pastor Mark Heskett officiating.
Visitation will be held at Elm Ridge Funeral Home on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Muncie ARF (Animal Rescue Fund), 1209 West Riggin Road, Muncie, Indiana, 47303, in honor of Jason’s love for dogs.
ARF (Animal Rescue Fund)
1209 West Riggin Road, Muncie, Indiana 47303
- Visitation: Saturday, May 11, 2019
- Memorial Service: Saturday, May 11, 2019
May 11, 2019
I worked and become well acquainted with Jason and from the very first impressions were how so much like his Father which I also worked with many years he was, kind, humble and honest. You will be missed Jason and I know everybody you have touched will agree. Bless all the Cole Family so grateful that I knew Jason! Take care he will always be in our thoughts.
May 10, 2019
10+ years ago I was like most former athletes. You grow up playing sports year round, then high school and college end..and now what. Those team sports you always played are unavailable, and you have no way to channel that competitive drive. That's when my brother in law at the time asked me to go hit some golf balls with him. We didn't go to the driving range, I went straight to the course to play a few holes of a game I had never played and knew nothing about. I picked up his clubs, and swung it like a baseball bat. Something I had been doing since I was 5, the swing seemed familiar. My golf form wasn't perfect, but I was making solid contact and birdied a hole that night. Jason, my brother in law, was so excited and took the ball out of the cup and told me to keep it, that it was my lucky ball. I took that ball home with me that night, not knowing what a birdie was. We continued to play, and even joined a Friday night mixed league where we played as a 2-man coed team. He taught me everything I know, and was patient with me in a game that is not easy to learn. He loved that I quickly loved the game that he had loved for so long, and that he had a new golf partner. That next Christmas he purchased me my first real driver, and set of irons to replace the Wal-Mart starter set I had gotten. Even after his split with my sister we continued to play in tournament's and our weekly league for years. Life happens, and we slowly stopped playing together, and I hadn't seen him in a few years. I have changed golf bags 3 times in the past 10+ years and that ball, from the hole that I birdied, has always remained in the front pocket. Even when I have run out of balls I would find one or borrow one before I used my "birdie ball". It has extra significance now, and I'll always keep it in my bag as a reminder of JCole and the game he taught me to love. Rest easy JCole, love you brother.
May 9, 2019
I spent the summer of '99 with Jason. Cheering for him at the Gus Mackey tourney in the blazing heat, grabbing last minute tickets to see Hootie and the Blowfish at Deercreek for $10, and countless movies and dinners. He was an awesome guy and I'm heartbroken to read of his passing. My condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers.
May 8, 2019
Sorry for your families loss. Met Jason playing softball and while working as an officer at Muncie schools.......way to early prayers go out to your family from ours.
May 8, 2019
I WILL MISS MY BUDDY. HE WAS SO MUCH LIKE A LITTLE BROTHER ..FROM THE DAY I MET HIM, HE WAS SO YOUNG BUT I TOOK HIM UNDER MY WING AND EVERY WHERE I WAS HE WAS .MY FRIEND I WILL TRULY MISS YOU . YOUR GIRL YO . MAY YOU REST NOW .
May 8, 2019
My heart breaks for you, You were a kind and caring soul,,,and you always tried to help anyone who needed it. I met Jason, working in the cafeteria at Wilson,,,and we both got moved to Central,,,he was always friendly and usually always smiling,,,My Condolences to the family,,,prayers for all
May 8, 2019
Where to begin? Jason was an amazing brother. I remember living at home with him and playing games. He will be very missed by his family and his work family. Jason was always there for someone when they needed anything. He loved his family very much. Jason was not one who enjoyed the thought of funerals so let's make this what Jason would want it to be... A time for family to get together and share stories in his memory. Love you big brother!
May 8, 2019
The Cole family is in our thoughts and prayers.
With our deepest sympathies,
Your friends, family, and colleagues at the Indianapolis Zoo
Deb (Fisher ) Kirkman
May 7, 2019
Jason was a tremendous student. He was one of those students who could always make you smile regardless of what kind of day it was. Then I was lucky enough to have him take care of my room at Wilson. He was always making sure everything was perfect. Jason, you are amazing and this world is much poorer now. Until we meet again ...
May 7, 2019
Jason was the best custodian I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He kept my room clean by not only picking up after my students, but picking up after me and turning of lights and my smartboard if I forgot. He would do anything asked of him and I would leave him snacks for being a great sport when I left the room a mess. He will be greatly missed. Father, please welcome Jason into heaven.