Elmer David Cole, 98, discovered his `New World' on Columbus Day October 12, 1990.
Elmer was born February 24, 1892 in Springhill, Kansas to William S. and Mary Johnson Cole. He married Edna Wood, "the only woman who could ever live with him for nearly 69 year," January 25, 1922 in Salida, Colorado.He is survived by his wife, Edna of Sandy; sister, Ethel Hart, Medford, Oregon; brother, Herbert A. Cole, Salida, Colo.; four children, Willis E., W. Paul, both Sacramento, Calif.; Robert H., Los Altos Hills, Calif.; and Wilma Burrows, Sandy; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Our loving husband, brother, father, and grandfather, will always be remembered for his devotion to his family and his generosity. Elmer was a WW I veteran. He served with the U.S. Army 31st Infantry Company A., in Siberia from 1918-1919. He was honorably discharged at the Presidio in San Francisco. He was always proud to be an American Patriot. Elmer was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite Order. He spent 75 years as a general contractor and master carpenter. Member of the Carpenters Union for 73 years. He was a firm believer in the work ethic and was happiest when he was organizing a project. In retirement, he continued to use his skilled carpentry on projects for his children and grandchildren. He loved and grew beautiful gardens. Grandpa's flowers and his tomato patch were enjoyed by the whole family. Elmer lived in California for 43 years, and was an avid Giants and 49er's fan. He loved poetry, and could quote it at length. In fulfillment of his personal request, the final lines of E. Bell Guthrey are quoted here.
"Just give the name and day I quit and underneath it say, He done his damndest."
Services will be held Tuesday, October 16, at 12 noon, in the MacKay Lake Hills Memorial Park, 10055 South State Street, Sandy, where friends may call from 11-11:45 Tuesday morning. Interment, Lake Hills Memorial Park.
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