Richard Charles Cole

May 23, 1948September 5, 2018

Richard Charles “Dick” Cole Passed away, peacefully, September 5, 2018. He was born May 23, 1948, in Oneonta to the late Newton and Doris Cronkite Cole. Dick grew up in Franklin and was proud to earn his High School Diploma. He lived in the Franklin and Oneonta areas all his life. Dick joined the United States Army in 1968, and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War completing two tours of duty. While in Vietnam he served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Division attaining the Rank of E5.

He loved being a trucker and especially his travels while driving truck for many local companies—his most recent for Bolus Freight of Scranton, PA until his retirement in 2008. Dick was always a very hard worker, splitting wood even in his retirement. Dick loved trucks and tractors and anyone that knew him could attest to that. He loved meeting people and was known to many people in and out of the area. He loved going to auctions and collecting. He enjoyed his retirement to the fullest, but was always available when someone needed help. Dick was a member of the River Street Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Franklin American Legion, a life-member of the 11th Armored Cavalry Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia. He was also a member of the American Truck Historical Society, CNY Chapter as well as the Antique Truck Club of America, SCNY Chapter.

Dick is survived by his daughter Elizabeth Sliwa (Achim) of East Meredith, his son Richard Christopher of Franklin, his former wife, Anne Cole, his sisters Joan (Michael) Crippen of Milford and the Villages, FL and Linda Ruling (Richard) of East Meredith as well as his companion Penny Corns of Springfield Ctr, NY. Dick is also survived by his many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many cousins.

A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 11 AM in the Milford Cemetery, Milford, with the Rev. Judy Thistle officiating.

Friends may call at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta, Monday evening from 5 to 7 PM, at which time the family will be in attendance.


  • Calling Hours Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Richard Charles Cole

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Mike Drellock

January 18, 2019

I'd only known Mr. Cole just under 3 years. He purchased a tractor from the company I am a Regional Service Manger for . During that time, I'd see him at the various shows my company would participate in, in the CNY area. He always had a firm handshake, a smile, and a story to tell. Later, after having to visit his home to work on his tractor, I found out his passion for collecting, and the depth of his stories, mostly about the area around Franklin. Once he found out I was interested in finding a classic Ford tractor to restore, he was on the case! He found several, and kept me posted on which ones were still available, and the ones he thought were the best deals. He also introduced me to Brook's BBQ, and I will be forever thankful!
I wish I would've written down the stories he told me, especially about his time in trucking. How he helped deliver the first loads of stone to build the highway through Franklin, and his time delivering for the milk industry in the area. There were so many more, which I can only remember bits and pieces of. He was a good man, and in the short time I knew him, I considered him a good friend as well. My condolences to his children and family. I will miss our conversations, RIP my friend.