Ronald E. Cole, 67, died peacefully from the onset of Alzheimer’s Thursday, Aug. 1, in his home in Broken Bow. Private services will be held at a later date.
Ron was born July 4, 1946, at Broken Bow, to Elmer and Geneva (Trotter) Cole. He grew up on a farm south of Berwyn.
He attended Berwyn Elementary school from kindergarten through eighth grade. He graduated in 1964 from Ansley High School where he was a valued member of the football and track teams. Ron was a proud Warrior which was evident when he shared stories about his high school adventures.
After graduation he worked with his father on the farm spending many hours serenading while on the “M” in the hayfield. September 27, 1964, he was joined in holy matrimony to Doris C. Moninger of Broken Bow.
From 1965-1968 Ron served in the United States Army in both Germany and in the state of Washington. While stationed in Germany, his daughter, Cindy and his son, Randolph were born.
Ron ended his military career with the rank of Sergeant (fifth class). Afterwards, Ron and family returned to Berwyn where he worked at BD and Sargent Irrigation. Then in 1971, he purchased the family farm from his father and began to live out his life-long dream of ranching and later named it the wR.E.C.k (his and his sons’ initials) Ranch. In time he expanded his cattle herd and land. At this time he was also honorably discharged from the United States Army.
Then in 1977, a second daughter, Crystal, was born and in 1980, a second son, Ryan was added to the Cole family. Ron thought it was a feat to have had children in the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80”s. His children and grandchildren were an important part of his life.
In 1977, Ron proclaimed Christ as his Savior. During Bible studies, Ron was known to challenge others in long discussions regarding The WORD.
Around 2004, Ron decided to pursue truck driving. He successfully fulfilled the requirements in order to obtain his CDL. He loved seeing the country and he enjoyed the new challenge of traveling across the United States. Ron then decided to truck locally in order to see his family and maintain the farm. Ron’s intense work ethic and belief that anything could be acquired given time and focused energy was part of his legacy.
Ron loved music which had been instilled by his mother. Many hours were spent playing the piano, singing, listening to old records / cds, and playing the family’s version of “Name That Tune.” He even expanded his talent by taking private lessons later in life.
Games were a family past time, especially card games like Pinochle. Ron was quite competitive and enjoyed pool, Ping-Pong, Scrabble, Taboo, puzzles, and any crossword puzzle. He was known for keeping a tally of the highest score so he could attempt to best it. Ron was also known for his physical prowess. Lift-ing a 50 lb. scale weight with his left hand over his head more times than his dad was a major thrill in his life. He was known to challenge any and all to arm wrestle demonstrating his competitive drive.
When he was a kid, he spent endless hours working with his Granddad Trotter. Ron thought his Granddad was a pillar of strength, and referred to him as a big man with a large heart. Ron admired him greatly. Though he was an only child, he shared much of his childhood with his cousins but especially “Doll” and Don Wolfe.
One of his favorite memories of home was when he came in from outside and would stand on the porch and peek in through the kitchen window in the door to see what was for dinner. Ron was fond of sweets. He remembered his Grandma “Nang” for her homemade ice cream and a new drink called “Kool-Aid.”
One of Ron’s greatest losses was when his mother, Geneva, passed from cancer when he was 16-years-old. He fondly told of her beauty and of her fun-loving ways. Once she even dress-ed as an escapee from a mental institution and stood out on the hill with a shot gun just to scare the guys out in the field. Ron had even written that a mother is the best friend you will ever have.
Ron remembered his father, Elmer, as a man’s man. He even claimed his dad would have charged hell with a pail of water. Though tough, his dad instilled a work ethic that was passed down to the generations.
A home was purchased in Broken Bow in 1999, and served as his residence until his passing.
Survivors include his wife, Doris (Moninger) of Broken Bow; his daughter, Cindy (James) Bigbee of Sioux City, Iowa, children Brigitt, Baylee, Jerron and Jerney Bigbee; his son, Randolph E. (Cynthia) of Wymore, and children Rachael and Rozlyn Cole; daughter, Crystal Lenners of Colleyville, Texas, and children Kaiden, Serryn, and step-son, Brandon Lenners; and son, Ryan E. (Mindi) of Berwyn, and daughter, Evie.
Published in Custer County Chief, Aug. 8, 2013