Kent L. Cole, 79, of Callaway passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, at the Callaway District Hospital. He was born on Sept. 24, 1942, in Gothenburg to Iver and Irene (Uhlig) Cole.
Kent attended public schools in Gothenburg and graduated from Gothenburg High School with the class of 1961. On March 25, 1964, Kent enlisted into the United States Army. He served his country during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged on March 7, 1967.
Following his discharge, Kent went back home and farmed north of Gothenburg. On April 21, 1984, Kent was united in marriage to Elaine Darveau at the Zion Lutheran Church in Gothenburg and four teenage children came with the marriage; Chrystal, Jonathan, Trina Jo and AnnMarie. Kent embraced the large family and loved them as his own. The family made their home in Gothenburg, before moving to Alliance, in 1993 and in 2013, moved to Callaway, to be closer to family.
Kent had many hobbies which included puzzles, Sudoku, watching the Cornhuskers and was an avid Rodeo fan. He loved his family and being entertained by his grandchildren.
He was a member of the Callaway Lutheran Church and the American Legion in Callaway.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife; Elaine of Callaway; children, Chrystal (Terry) Preitauer of Gothenburg, Jonathan (Tonna) Dauel of Haigler, Trina Jo Dauel of Callaway and AnnMarie (Lawrence) Paulsen of Callaway; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Konnie Wemple of North Platte and Judy (Darwin) Rosentrater of Haxton, Colorado; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Besides his parents, Kent was preceded in death by his angel granddaughter, Kristina Allen; sister, Nancy and her husband Milt Sitorius; and brother-in-law, George Wemple.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 18 at the Callaway United Methodist Church with Military Honors provided by the Bryson-Booker Post #59 in conjunction with the United States Army Funeral Honors Team. Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials are kindly suggested to the family for later designation. Timm-Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Callaway is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefunerahome.com.