Richard Dick Charles Cole

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Richard "Dick" Charles Cole

May 23, 1948 - September 05, 2018

FRANKLIN - Richard Charles "Dick" Cole passed away peacefully, Sept. 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, Pennsylvania 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, and 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 (Achim) Sliwa of East Meredith; son, Richard Christopher of Franklin; former wife, Anne Cole; sisters, Joan (Michael) Crippen of Milford and the Villages, Florida, and Linda (Richard) Ruling of East Meredith; as well as his companion, Penny Corns of Springfield Center. Dick is also survived by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many cousins.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 10, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Milford Cemetery, with the Rev. Judy Thistle officiating.
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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on September 7, 2018
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4 posts

Hugh Smith
Sep 18, 2018
I am a retired truck driver. I have many pleasant memories of Dick over the last 40 years.
My condolences to his famiy
Ouleout Valley American Legion Post # 1689
Sep 10, 2018
The Ouleout Valley American Legion Post # 1689 wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to the Cole family. The American Legion in Franklin, NY has a banner on display in honor of our departed comrade.
For God and Country,
The Ouleout Valley American Legion Post # 1689
Linda L. Cole Ruling
Sep 08, 2018
I just have to apologize as well for slamming you truck doors.
Linda L. Cole Ruling
Sep 08, 2018
You are my brother and I miss and love you so very much. Thank you for all the times you took me to Dad. You left us so unexpectedly, it is so hard to believe you're gone. Rest easy now I will say good morning to you everyday as I do to Dad and Mom. I am sorry for all the times I played with all your toy tractors, but I think I loved them as much as you. May you be at peace, I am so glad you and Penny had some time together, I have never seen you so happy as I did the last time I saw you, at my job at Lowe's just over a week ago. Please know that Rat Cat and Orion are in good hands, I promise to take very good care of them.