Richard B. “Dick” Cole, 89, of New Castle passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, February 20, 2019, in Quality of Life Services.
Mr. Cole was born June 11, 1929, in New Castle, a son of the late Delace and Cora Belle (Cooper) Cole.
A lifelong area resident, he graduated from New Castle High School in 1947.
Prior to entering the service, Dick worked as a supervisor at the former Shenango China, New Castle, where he was responsible for overseeing the dispersion of the gold used to decorate ornate flatware and china.
He honorably served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany following WWII. Upon returning home, Dick enlisted in the Army National Guard. He was stationed at the Cunningham Armory for 35 years, retiring as a warrant officer in 1989.
He was a longtime member of St. Joseph the Worker Church, New Castle, where he served as lead lector, an adult acolyte and an usher.
He was a member of the Eintracht Maennerchor, where he entertained the youth as Santa Claus at their annual Christmas party for nearly 50 years. He also served as the Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 50, of New Castle.
Following retirement, Dick spent as much time as possible with his family. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Delores, to visit their daughter in Hawaii and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. He will be remembered as a kind and gracious man whom made a point to put other’s needs before his own.
His wife, the former Delores Wadlinger, whom he married June 24, 1949, preceded him in death September 19, 2009.
Dick is survived by two daughters, Dianne (Louis) Hamelly of Chicago, Illinois and Vanessa Cole of Hawaii; two sons, Kenneth (Susan) Cole of New Castle and William (Linda) Cole, of Charlotte, North Carolina; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife and parents, Dick was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
Memorial donations may be directed to Cray Youth and Family Services, 44 S Beaver Street, New Castle, PA 16101.
Calling hours will be 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Monday, Febraury 25 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 111 W. Falls Street, New Castle.
Mass of Christian burial will be 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 25, in St. Joseph Church, 1111 S. Cascade Street, New Castle, with Rev. Victor J. Molka, Jr., as celebrant.
Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Neshannock Township.
Full military honors will be conducted by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.
A television tribute will air Monday, February 25 at the following approximate times: 6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.