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Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery

401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

OBITUARY

Robert Michael Cole

April 2, 1951August 8, 2019
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Robert Michael Cole, 68, of Scottsdale, AZ, died on August 8, 2019 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, AZ.

He is survived by his brother, Richard Cole (wife, Bertha Ann Cole) of Kerrville, TX; his son, Brian Cole (wife Rikki) of Scottsdale, AZ; his daughter, Casey Cole (husband Zack Ross) of Portland, OR; and two granddaughters Kennedy and Mallory Cole of Scottsdale, AZ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale William Cole and Edna Mae Bishop of Washington, IA; and two brothers, Bill and Douglas.

He graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO with a bachelor's degree in sociology, and worked for the state of Missouri Division of Aging for 38 years.

After relocating to Arizona back in 2015, he enjoyed making an annual trip back to the Midwest to catch up with old friends. He was planning on attending his 50th high school reunion in Washington, IA this summer, but was unfortunately unable to go due to the onset of his illness.

He was an avid sports fan...especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas City Royals. He enjoyed being able to go to spring training games with his family in Arizona.

The family would like to thank Bob's friends for all their prayers and well wishes. He did not want a service due to his short time living in Arizona. Please donate to the charity of your choice if so-inclined.

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Steve Weeks

August 14, 2019

It has always been a blessing to have Bob as a friend. Years and distance never diminished friendship with Bob. Thank God he lived.

Chuck Sinn

August 14, 2019

To Bob's Family,
I first met Bob when a new Brighton Elementary School year began. Yes, Bob was the "New Kid", not for long though. His friendly manner soon made him and official "Brighton Bear". We spend a lot of time together, in and out of "ornery" trouble and suffering the consequences of those actions. Bob always had my back. Yes I to suffered the Scoldings from Edna in that same kitchen on West Main Street as Bob did.
We Graduated from 8th Grade together in the Brighton Gymnasium and I am sure had many discussions that summer on what Next year was going to bring as we began the new adventure of going to a Big School in Washington. We were All, New Kids, piling out of the Bus that day at Washington Jr High. Bobs same friendly manner carried him though that experience without hesitation.
As Life sends us down different paths, one thing You could count on from Bob was that His friends, No matter how far apart they might be, were Always his friends.
It is an Honor and a Privilege to say that I consider myself, as I know Bob did, one of His friends.
I got Your back Buddy!! Chuck

Rick and Jane Lampkin

August 13, 2019

To Bob's Family...

I have known Bob for nearly 55 years. In that long period of time, I have known him to be everything you could ask for in a friend and confidant. An absolutely wonderful Human Being.

Bob and I were roommates together at Truman State University during our first year of college in 1969-1970. We had SOOOOO many great times, drank beer often and laughed a million times. I loved him dearly.

Bob did not know a stranger. He could walk into a room, strike up a conversation with someone and within a short period of time, you would hear laughter and people joining in on the conversation. His personality was one that more people should strive to have and everyone should work hard to keep.

Bob truly was "One of Life's Good Guys"...

Rest in Peace, Bob...

We'll all see you again...

Rick and Jane
Lampkin
Fort Myers, FL

Tom Morrison

August 13, 2019

Bob was a fun person...just saying. His soul is laughing at typo mistake ...

tucker

Tom Morrison

August 13, 2019

Bob, "Smoke", and I enjoyed talking philosophy and laughing. He was a kind, smart, and caring friend and classmate. We graduated from the same high school and college. We tipped a few and again, enjoyed laughing at different wonderments including life events.

Life is hard. Life is not easy. Don't allow yourself to make life easy. No entitlements, no excuses, and don't be a victim. Choose your own path, and help each other. Bob had such a smile, and never was a fun person. See you higher up Smoke.

Tucker

Russ Green

August 13, 2019

Bob's Family

Like you, our hearts are broken with the loss of your Father.

Bob and I were classmates in Iowa. Numerous evenings Bob would have overnight stays in our back yard.

On the occasion of my first "runaway from home," I left a note with Bob to deliver to my parents explaining my absence and where I could be found. Three hours after I hit the road, Bob delivered the message to John and Betty who he treated as second parents. Looking back it was a terrible request to make of a personal friend, but that indicates how Smokey always had my back.

Today, we will all celebrate the life and friendship of Bob Cole, from the classmates of the class of '69.

Bait

Chris Kirk

August 12, 2019

BJ and Casey, please know that although it had been several years since we saw your dad, it just seems like just yesterday that we spent our weekends together watching you kids grow up! So many great memories! Your dad always seemed to have a smile on his face and a beer in his hand! I remember the night your dad helped walk the swing set from our old house to our new house, passing your house on the way, the nights at the bowling alley and you kids in the daycare LOL and all the Christmas gatherings!! You and your dad will always be a BIG part of our lives! Remind me sometime to show you the BOB AWAY video! Sending our love and many hugs!! Chris and Steve Kirk💕

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