First Posted: 12/9/2009
Donald Evan Cole, 60, Benton Hills, formerly of Lake Winola, died Friday morning, Dec. 4, at the VA Medical Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. His wife is Barbara Cole. The couple was married seven years on May 4. He was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Blassburg, son of the late Marilyn and William McKenna. He attended Fellowship Baptist Church in Dalton. He attended schools in the Wellsboro and Mansfield area. He received his GED from Indian River High in Vero Beach, FL. Before his illness, Don had been a truck driver for M.S. Carries in Tennessee, Chemfleet in Canada and Tracey Oakley in Nicholson, who gave him his first trucking job. He assisted as a Scout leader. Don had served two tours in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. His interested included the NFL Eagles, building models, country music, reading and movies. Trucking was his passion but family was his life. His family stayed by his bedside and will truly miss him. Also surviving are three sons, Bradley, and his companion, Pam Cummings, Lake Winola, Greg, formerly of Lake Winola, and Don-Ashley, Springbrook; three step-children, Tara, Brian and Eric Tesar, all of Wilkes-Barre; sister, Patricia Kelly McKenna Horgan, and her husband, Edward, Clarks Summit; brother, David, Kingston; aunt, Donna Boath, and her husband, John, Fredricktown; step-grandchildren, Haley and Reley Cummings, Lake Winola, Tyler, Treyilis and Cammeron Young, Wilkes-Barre; niece, Shannon Horgan, and a nephew, Eddie Horgan, Clarks Summit, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his infant sister, Kathleen McKenna, grandparents Lee and Geraldine Soper English and Donald Soper. Arrangements from the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, with services by Rev. Larry Walter pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.lawrenceeyoungfuneral home.com.