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Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 25, 2021 at The Church of The Master, U.M., 24 N. Grove St., Westerville where family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Family graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, September 27, 2021 at Oakland Cemetery, Tiro OH.

On behalf of the Otterbein "O" Club Board of Directors and the "O" Club's Leather Helmet Club, we offer our deepest condolences to Bill's family. Bill was a much-loved member of our organization and we appreciate his loyalty and friendship. RIP.

Rebekah Carlisle, Executive Director

Otterbein O Club

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Obituary for William E. Cole

William E. Cole 1927-2021

William E. Cole

09/13/1927 - 09/13/2021

William "Bill" Cole of Westerville, Ohio, Formerly of Galena, Ohio passed away on 9-13-2021 on his 94th birthday. He was born in Tiro, Ohio to Charles and Millie Cole, who preceded him in death, as well as his sister, Irene Long. He graduated from Tiro High School, served in the US Coast Guard and then graduated from Otterbein College in 1954.  He married Barbara Seabrook and they celebrated 58 years of marriage before her death in 2013. He is survived by his 4 children, Melissa Oakes of Westerville, Jonathan (Donna) Cole of West Jefferson Ohio, Megan (Rod) Mitchell, Raleigh NC and Jeanne Egler (Jack Weaver) of Raleigh NC.  10 Grandchildren, Amanda Oakes , Westerville O, Mitchell Oakes, Columbus O, Will (Amanda) Cole, Kanehoe Hawaii, (Will is currently serving in Kuwait) Julie (Andrew)Springer, Powell O, Charles (Emily) Mitchell, Florence SC, Renee (Bruce) Robinson, El Paso Texas, Jacob Egler, Bend Oregon, Sophia (Robert Bailey) Egler, Redmond Washington, Sarah (Rohan Sathe) Egler, San Francisco CA and Harrison Egler, Bellevue Washington.  He was preceded in death by grandson Ryan Mitchell. He is also survived by 8 great grandchildren, Evelyn Cole,  Rose Springer, Simon Springer, Paxton Mitchell, Joesph (Savannah) Mitchell, Caiden Mitchell, Ellison Mitchell, Liam Mitchell and their mother, Nicole Mitchell.  Also survived by former son-in-law Harry Egler, Bellevue Washington, and special friend Kristy Courtwright, Westerville, O.  
 
He started his career after college at Farm Bureau Insurance Co in Columbus which later became Nationwide Insurance.  He worked there until his retirement. He also continued farming at the Tiro family farm and drove a school bus for Westerville City Schools for many years.  He also served on the board of Friendship Village Columbus (Westerwood) and the Del co Water Company where he served from it's inception until last year. 
 
He was very active in the Otterbein community, Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity and the "O" Club. He was very proud to donate and help develop the Cole Victory Bell at the Otterbein athletic fields.  The bell came from the family church in Tiro originally and then spent many years on the family farm in Tiro.  
 
He thrived and was actively involved in many organizations.  He loved the meetings and relationships he developed there.  He belonged to the Young Budd Post 171 and he Westerville Kiwanis Club and the Westerville Blendon Masonic Lodge.  
 
He was a long time member of the Church of the Master, Westerville Ohio from 1954 until his death. 
 
Besides his many clubs, meetings and activities he enjoyed many years of travel and his beach house in Emerald Isle, NC.  He loved sharing the bWilliam "Bill" Cole of Westerville, Ohio, Formerly of Galena, Ohio passed away on 9-13-2021 on his 94th birthday. He was born in Tiro, Ohio to Charles and Millie Cole, who preceded him in death, as well as his sister, Irene Long. He graduated from Tiro High School, served in the US Coast Guard and then graduated from Otterbein College in 1954.  He married Barbara Seabrook and they celebrated 58 years of marriage before her death in 2013. He is survived by his 4 children, Melissa Oakes of Westerville, Jonathan (Donna) Cole of West Jefferson Ohio, Megan (Rod) Mitchell, Raleigh NC and Jeanne Egler (Jack Weaver) of Raleigh NC.  10 Grandchildren, Amanda Oakes , Westerville O, Mitchell Oakes, Columbus O, Will (Amanda) Cole, Kanehoe Hawaii, (Will is currently serving in Kuwait) Julie (Andrew)Springer, Powell O, Charles (Emily) Mitchell, Florence SC, Renee (Bruce) Robinson, El Paso Texas, Jacob Egler, Bend Oregon, Sophia (Robert Bailey) Egler, Redmond Washington, Sarah (Rohan Sathe) Egler, San Francisco CA and Harrison Egler, Bellevue Washington.  He was preceded in death by grandson Ryan Mitchell. He is also survived by 8 great grandchildren, Evelyn Cole,  Rose Springer, Simon Springer, Paxton Mitchell, Joesph (Savannah) Mitchell, Caiden Mitchell, Ellison Mitchell, Liam Mitchell and their mother, Nicole Mitchell.  Also survived by former son-in-law Harry Egler, Bellevue Washington, and special friend Kristy Courtwright, Westerville, O.  
 
He started his career after college at Farm Bureau Insurance Co in Columbus which later became Nationwide Insurance.  He worked there until his retirement. He also continued farming at the Tiro family farm and drove a school bus for Westerville City Schools for many years.  He also served on the board of Friendship Village Columbus (Westerwood) and the Del co Water Company where he served from it's inception until last year. 
 
He was very active in the Otterbein community, Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity and the "O" Club. He was very proud to donate and help develop the Cole Victory Bell at the Otterbein athletic fields.  The bell came from the family church in Tiro originally and then spent many years on the family farm in Tiro.  
 
He thrived and was actively involved in many organizations.  He loved the meetings and relationships he developed there.  He belonged to the Young Budd Post 171 and he Westerville Kiwanis Club and the Westerville Blendon Masonic Lodge.  
 
He was a long time member of the Church of the Master, Westerville Ohio from 1954 until his death. 
 
Besides his many clubs, meetings and activities he enjoyed many years of travel and his beach house in Emerald Isle, NC.  He loved sharing the beach house with family and friends. He always had a project going there. 
 
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2 PM at Church of the Master, 24 N Grove St, Westerville, OH 43081.  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.  Burial will take place Monday, September 27th at 11 AM at the Oakland Cemetery, Tiro, OH.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the William E. Cole and Barbara Seabrook Cole Class of 1954 Athletic Endowment, Otterbein University in his memory or to the Church of the Master. 
 
each house with family and friends. He always had a project going there. 
 
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2 PM at Church of the Master, 24 N Grove St, Westerville, OH 43081.  Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.  Burial will take place Monday, September 27th at 11 AM at the Oakland Cemetery, Tiro, OH.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the William E. Cole and Barbara Seabrook Cole Class of 1954 Athletic Endowment, Otterbein University in his memory or to the Church of the Master.