Kenneth Cole Obituary, Death Cause – Kenneth George Cole, a veteran of the Korean War who served in a submarine, died away on Thursday, May 18, 2023 at his home in Ocala, Florida. He was 89 years old. Ken’s parents, Pauline Beatrice Cole (née Day) and Gard Cole, welcomed him into the world in East Orange, New Jersey, on July 13, 1933. Ken was the kind of guy that got along well with others and shone a positive light everywhere he went. After completing his tour of duty in the United States Navy Submarine Service during the Korean War, Ken went back to his hometown in New Jersey to start his studies at the local college.
After starting a family, Ken and Nora eventually relocated to central Florida, where Ken pursued his education and eventually found employment in the aerospace business. Rollins College in Winter Park is where Ken earned his bachelor’s degree, making him one of the first members of his family to do so. at their twenty wonderful years of retirement, Ken and Nora spent much of their time at Oak Run, where they both met many new friends and reunited with old ones. After losing Nora in 2016, Ken was blessed to discover love again in his life with Gretta, who would later become his wife.
Ken took great pleasure in attending services at the Ocala West United Methodist Church, where he also volunteered, as well as gatherings held by the Sub-Vets Nautilus Base. He also made it a point to pay his family as many visits as he could. His parents, his wife of 58 years Nora Cole (née Minnis), his daughter Linda May Cole Hoft, his brother Jerome Haigh, and his sisters Lucile Just (nee Haigh), Mildred Cole Clark, and Valerie Cole Hupp all passed away before Ken.
Ken was the only surviving member of his immediate family. Gretta Cole (née Beck), Ken’s devoted wife of five years and the mother of his children, survives him in Ocala. His son Peter Andrew Cole (Rob Talbot) lives in Laguna Beach, California, and his daughter-in-law John Anthony Hoft lives in Mandeville, Louisiana. Nora Hoft Autin and her husband, Tony Autin, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lauren Aileen Hoft Tyrney and her husband, Joey Tyrney, of Madisonville, Louisiana; and Andrew Kenneth Hoft of Mandeville, Louisiana; as well as great-grandchildren Abigail Grace Autin, Mackenzie Anne Autin, Cole Kenneth Tyrney, and Cade Timothy Tyrney.