Melvin Raymond Cole, age 96 of Excelsior Minnesota passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Augustana Chapel View in Hopkins, Minnesota.
Mel was born on July 2, 1922 in Minneapolis to parents John and Irene [Westerfelt] Cole. Mel lived with his family until his mother was placed in a home and his father moved the family to Cass Lake to raise them. This is where his love of the outdoors and of all people began.
Mel's father passed away while he was still very young, so Mel and his brothers where taken in by aunts and uncles in Excelsior. He graduated from Excelsior High School as a scholar and a printer, as he worked in a local printing press in Excelsior.
Mel enlisted in the Navy, and proudly served as a Merchant Marine during WW II.
He loved to talk about his word travels during the war and the wonderful people he met. He also served in the Japanese theater, those days he spoke of less often.
After the war he met Margret Fisk, they soon married and put down roots in the Excelsior – Shorewood area where they raised two boys, Dale and Charles.
Mel worked hard and his life revolved around his family. Mel has a very kind heart and was always willing to help others. He was always ready with a joke or something to lift your spirits.
Mel is survived by his sons, Dale (Maurine) of Duluth, and Chuck Cole of Golden Valley; grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mel is preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene; brothers, Frank, Donald and Jack; sister Jeanette; and his wife Margret Fisk Cole, the love of his life.