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Richard "Dick" Wayne Cole

February 7, 1944 ~ February 27, 2021 (age 77)

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Richard W. "Dick" Cole, 77, of Salem, OH passed away Saturday, February 27, 2021, after a three-year battle with IPF lung disease, with his loving family by his side. He was born February 7, 1944 in Mt. Pleasant, PA to the late John and Clara (Bryan) Cole. 

Dick retired from General Motors at Lordstown after 30 years. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church where he was in the choir. Dick loved being with his family, playing golf, Bluegrass music, singing all the time, and playing his guitar.

Respecting his wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral. A celebration of his life will be planned for this summer. 

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Joan Warmuth Cole; children Richard W. (Kim) Cole, Jr., Matthew S. (Becky) Cole, and Jennifer L. Cole; grandchildren, Ian, Derrek, Brendan, Connor, Molly, Abby, and Lexi; siblings, Dale (Louise) Cole and Betty (Bill) Firmstone; sister-in-law, Maggie Cole; brother-in-law, Bill (Chris) Warmuth, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves many, many dear friends and golfing buddies.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Bill, Raymond, Don, and Jack.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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