Eugene Clifford Cole

March 22, 1921 - February 23, 2020

Funeral Service Wednesday February 26, 2020 11:00 AM

Eugene Clifford Cole was born March 22, 1921, to Clifford and Ethel Warrick Cole, in Preston, Idaho. He quietly passed away on February 23, 2020. He had 6 siblings, five have passed away and he is survived by his brother Gordon Cole.

He joined the Navy and fought in World War II. He was a gunner on the battleship, J.B. Francis. He received several medals for his participation in the war.

He married Rhea Glover and they had two children Joan (Clark) Weeks, deceased and Gerald (Kathleen) Cole of Preston.

He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing were his passion.  He took up painting at an early age, studying under several famous artists, including Norman Rockwell. He had a natural ability to paint and to live each of his paintings, whether it be western on a saddle horse or high on a rocky ledge compiling information for wildlife, has embedded him with a love of nature.

He has 9 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at the Franklin County Funeral Home 56 South State Street, Preston, Idaho. A visitation will be conducted from 9:30 to 10:30 AM prior to funeral services.  Interment will follow in the Preston Cemetery.

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Rest in peace, "Uncle" Gene! Give Aunt Rhea a big hug. I'll always remember your odd sense of humor, your beautiful art, and your great kindness. All my love.
- Darren (Lisa's son)

What a blessing it was to get to know this great man better when we served at the nursing home branch. It was fun to talk to him and learn about him. He was a talented, lovely man and he will be missed. I always enjoyed it when he came to visit his girlfriend Joyce before he became a resident. Rest in peace Gene, and again, thank you for your valiant service in WWII.
- Rod and Karen Peterson

My sincere condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.
- Mary

My sincere condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to end all suffering. Before long, God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4). May this promise from God give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.
- Mary

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Wednesday February 26, 2020

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Franklin County Funeral Home

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Preston City Cemetery

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