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William Cole

d. June 9, 2015

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William Kaley Cole, 85, of Cambridge Springs, died Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at UPMC-Hamot. He was born in Meadville on April 28, 1930, the son of the late Jacob and Ethel (Kaley) Cole.

William was a very important part of the Cambridge Springs community. He was a very involved member of the Cambridge Springs Vol. Fire Department, Fire Schools in Crawford and Venango Counties, and the County Fire Associations. He was a dedicated member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Drakes Mills, where he helped as a custodian and took care of many other tasks. Bill was the “Number One” fan of all the Cambridge Springs sports teams.

He was very proud that he served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, and served his country faithfully and honorably.

Bill delivered milk for Hilgendorf Milk Co., later Meadow Brook Dairy, in Meadville for many years. He then began working as a truck driver for the Northwest Rural Electric Co, from which he eventually retired, in 1991. Even though retired, he remained busy. He worked for Turners Mill during many Spring planting seasons.  Bill also enjoyed helping neighbors and friends; he will be remembered for being generous and fun-loving.  He was also known as a “Cambridge Springs Community Treasure”.

He was preceded in death by a twin brother, Wilbert Cole.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Wylda (Zilhaver) Cole; a son, Kevin Cole and his wife, Kathleen, of Cambridge Springs; two daughters, Karen Cole and Kenda Murdock and her husband, Jeff, all of Cambridge Springs; 9 grandchildren, K. Kaley Cole, Colleen (Randy) Jeffrey, Diana (David) Stucke, John Cole (fiancé Lisa Peretich), Bridget (Joshua)Wahl, Kevin M. Cole, Natalie Stoeger, Bradley Stoeger, and Laiken Murdock; 6 great-grandchildren; Derek, Payton, Brooklynn, Amelia, Quinn, and Adeline; also, a nephew, Greg Cole.

Friends may call at the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25812 Mt Pleasant Rd
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. A service will be held there on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Brian Riddle officiating.

The Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Edinboro, is in charge of funeral arrangements.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cambridge Spring Vol. Fire Department or the Church. To send condolences please visit

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