MILLSTON — Lewis “Luke” Cole, 86, of Millston died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at the Veterans Administration, Tomah.
He was born to Joseph and Lula Cole in Sand Hills, Neb. He was a member of the Minatare High School graduating class of 1949. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army which began a career of being a professional soldier for over 23 years, with over 43 years of service to his country, retiring with the rank of Command Sergeant Major at the age of 62. During this time he traveled to many parts of the world to see the people of those countries during times of severe trials and tribulations. He was there to see the Berlin Wall built, and one of the happiest moments of his life was to see it come down. He was united in marriage to Helen Williams May 1, 1982, and immediately got a blended family. Luke was very determined, strong willed, family orientated, and was a giving person. He overcame many obstacles in his life: alcohol, smoking, heart surgery, and losing both of his legs due to Agent Orange. His favorite time of the year was Christmas time; he would bribe his granddaughter Toni into being able to open just one gift. His generosity was extended to family, friends, the Town of Millston, and the Meadow Valley Church. He had a huge heart for his grandchildren and helped them whenever he could. In his better years he enjoyed shaking dice at the local pub and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with gusto. Luke was instrumental in starting many projects for the Town of Millston, whom awarded Luke with a plaque in 2008, making the first week in September “Luke Cole Week”, and also received the citizen of the year award in 2017 given by the Millston Park Commission. He always looked forward to Labor Day weekend in Millston, when the softball team would camp nearby and he would have them over to the house to eat.
He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; his sisters, Mert Rau of Memphis, Tenn., and Jocy Huck of Cheyenne Wyo.; his blended family daughter, Janice (Calvin) Cottone; and son, William “Bill” Williams; granddaughters, Toni (Kyle) Thorson, Amanda (Gavin) Bowe, Sheila (George) Scholze; his grandsons, Jake (Kerry) Meacham, Allen, and Greg Cottone, William “Scooter” and Skylar Williams; numerous great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was eagerly awaiting the birth of his great-grand-baby, Oriana in Feb.
A funeral service will be held at 12 noon Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah. Pastor Darin Deford will officiate. Burial will follow in the Brookside Cemetery, Town of Millston with military honors by the Curtis-McNutt VFW Post #1382.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home.
A reception will be held following the graveside service at The Buck Stops Here in Millston. Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.