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Virgil Wendell Cole

Jul. 12, 1940 - Oct. 30, 2022

Date of Service: Nov. 4, 2022

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BURLEY – Virgil Wendell Cole, 82, of Burley, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2022, at home with his wife, Connie, by his side.

Virgil was born July 12, 1940, in Heyburn, Idaho, to Wendell and Louise Smith Cole. He was the middle child and only son. Virgil grew up in Heyburn on the family farm, where he developed a love of horses and farming. He attended school in Heyburn and graduated from Minico High School in 1958. Virgil then attended Idaho State University.

In 1961, he married Juliene “Julie” Dawley, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and they were blessed with two sons, Steven Virgil and Douglas Gene.

In 1974, he married his soul mate, Connie Lu Carr, in Burley. With this marriage Virgil gained two sons, Robert Paul and Randy Layne. A God-given daughter, Michele Griswold Knopp, joined the family in 1986. Virgil and Connie raised their family in Burley, where Virgil worked for Boise Cascade Corrugated Containers for 44 years.

Virgil loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. Virgil was also a talented artist and his paintings won many ribbons at the Cassia County Fair. He has made many great memories at the annual elk hunting trip with his sons and best friend, Dick Huzinga. He also made great memories fishing in his boat “Ms. Peaches” or on the ice.

Virgil was a member of the United Methodist Church and proudly served as the head usher and greeter for years.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Donna Dorsey and Linda Grundsman; brothers-in-law, Gene Dorsey, Ron Dockstader and Gordon Grundsman.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Cole, of 48 years; his sisters, Darl (Kim) Torgerson and Arlene Dockstader; his children, Steve (Robin) Cole, Doug (Julie) Cole, Rob Cole, Randy Cole, Michele (Kory) Knopp; grandchildren, Michael (Becky), Casey (Katelyn), Makenna, Jackson, Kinsley (Bobby) and Kevallyn; great-grandchildren, Preston and Kevin; God-given grandchildren, Keegan (Michelle, Konnor and Madisyn), Logan, Chancey (Dominic and Graysen).

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 4, at Burley United Methodist Church, located at 450 E. 27th St., in Burley. Graveside services will be held at a later date.

Family and friends will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and from 1 until 1:45 p.m. Friday, preceding the funeral at the Church.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Stewart North, Dr. Gregory Ball Dr. James Spackman, and all of the Cassia Regional Medical Center Staff for all the care they have provided for Virgil for the past few years.

In lieu of flowers, Virgil requested donations be made to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). These donations can be made at the United Methodist Church Office.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/QBKV3WJcJ4E.

Condolences for Virgil Wendell Cole

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From Brenda Markham:
Virgil (and Connie) have left such a big imprint on my heart. Virgil (and Connie) were\are big influences on my life. They were part of my childhood, teenage years and my marriage. Thank you! Brenda -my girls didn't know you weren't blood relatives but you were always there. (thank you)
From Richard Kelso:
My dear Cuz, i am deeply saddened by the news of Virgils demise. He was a wonderful person and fantastic companion for you. Know that I love you and and will pray for the repose of his soul.
From Melissa Henry:
Connie...thank you for making Virgil's services available for us today. They were sweet, warm, just like I always imagined he was. The photos left me feeling like I really know him even tho never having had the pleasure of meeting him. He was clearly a lovely man, you will miss him terribly. In time all your memories will hold you up, but until then, sending hugs of comfort and love to help while you need it... So glad you have such a good support system of friends, family, and church. Luvya, Melissa
From Jan Taylor Banner:
What a blessing Virg has been to our family! He went out of his way to be with my mom during her life and especially during her last months on this earth. I will forever be grateful to him (and Connie) for bring so much laughter, joy, stories of our family and love to mom and our family.
Virgil was a beautiful soul from the inside out. He had a cute sense of humor and a personality that was bigger than life. He was sweet, tender, caring and loving. He made this world a better place.
May the Lord bring peace to Connie and the boys during this time and the days ahead.
I love you Virg. I will miss you dearly.
From Carla Mortenson :
So sorry dear Connie. My prayers are with you.
From Priscilla :
Such an amazing man! With a huge heart! We will miss you, glad we had the privilege in having you in our life as well as part our neighborhood family
From Kenny&Debbie Fowler:
He leaves behind many good memories and a great family. Heartfelt sympathy goes out to those left behind. Goodbye for now, my good man..
From Elaine Steele:
Dear Connie, I'm thinking of you, and I know what a huge change is upon you. Life
alone is darn hard after one has lived with a partner and soul mate for so many years. I
don't have any words to ease the pain we all go through when losing a
mate. Everything changes, but you are still in the land of the living and of light. All you
can do is go forward and live well. Prayers of comfort and peace for you and your family.
From Carla Farwell Haney:
I’m so sorry Connie, I’m sure he will be missed in the community. Prayers n hugs to you n your family.
From Lynn M Osterhout:
One of God's angels has gone home. Connie, you are on my heart. Sympathy and prayers for you all.
From Dale Damron Sr. :
Virgil, I had the pleasure of knowing you for many years and I’ll never forget your smile and all the good times Barb and I had with you and Connie. Say hi to Barb in Heaven from me Prayers for All
From Becker J. Gutsch:
Connie and family. My saddened heart reaches out to each of you. Unfortunately grief is as much a part of our lives as joy. I wish you an abundance of memories of you joyous life together to sustain you through the grief. Becker
From Joe Hall:
Rest in Peace, Virg.
You welcomed me and Luke with an unconditional love that took me by surprise and that i will always remember. It was an honor to know you.
From Kathy Grumbein:
We loved you and will miss you. Condolences to Connie and the family. May God hold you all in His embrace.
From Karen DeBoard:
Dear Connie and family, I was heart broken for you all when I saw Virgil’s obituary . I am so sorry for your loss. I knew him just enough to to see that he was a very special man that loved his family and his God. Prayers for you Connie and sending my love and sympathy…
From Loyal Egbert:
Good bye to a mentor,a friend,a buddy and good man to have in your corner. REST IN PEACE VIRG. THE WORLD WAS BETTER WITH YOU.
From Teri and Jim Lupoli:
Our deepest sympathy to you, your family, and all who loved Virgil. I know your heart is breaking at the loss of your dear companion of all these years while at the same time rejoicing, knowing that he is now whole again and with the King of Kings, our Lord.
From Sara Griffin:
My heart is breaking for your family... You are such a kind human and will be so missed Virgil . Connie & family I send all my love and prayers.
From Mary Elizabeth Kraemer:
Oh, Virgil...you and Connie are the saints on which the BUMC nutured, formed, cherish and made possible the spiritual formation of so many folks of all ages especially my kids and and I!! Stacey and Pete are who they are today as am I, for that matter, because we walked through the doors of the BUMC. God bless you, Connie. So many wonderful memories stem from you and Virgil. You are my heros!!
From Sheila and Dale :
We mourn the loss of a funny hard working and spiritual man. So generous! Prayers to your family for comfort
From Michelle Andersen:
I had the privilege of knowing you, oh what a blessing you have been to our whole community
I have great memories, as do many. My friend, you will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family.

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