COL Gene W. Cole was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 02/19/2017 at the age of 74.4
Hampton, VA
Flight Class 69-24
Date of Birth 10/01/1942
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by Jerry P. Coffman

More detail on this person: I wanted to pass on to you the obituary information about Gene Cole who passed away on 19 February 2017. Gene was in Flight School Class 69-24. He had two tours in Vietnam, first as an enlisted soldier in the infantry and his second as an aviator. He went on to have a great Army career in aviation and retired as a full Colonel. I worked with Gene after we both retired and I tried to get him to join the VHPA, but he never did, that I know of. Below is his obituary.

From: Jerry P. Coffman

COL Gene West Cole, U.S. Army retired, 74, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Gene was a native of Danville and had been a Peninsula resident for over 20 years. He retired as an Aviator Airborne Ranger after 30 years from the United States Army.

Gene was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, where he faithfully served with the SBCV Disaster Relief and the Baptist Global Response Team. He was a member of the VFW and the Lafayette Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife Alana Cole; two children, Shannon Cole Dennis and her husband Scott of Jamestown, NC, and Bryan West Cole and his wife Bridget of Newport News; five grandchildren, Walker Dennis, Riley Cole, Evelyn Dennis, Kellan Cole and Finley Cole; and two brothers, Charles Cole of Lynchburg and John Cole of Richmond.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 PM Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Liberty Baptist Church, with a funeral service immediately following at 3 PM with Pastor Joe Hunt officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Aaron's Creek Baptist Church in Virgilina, Virginia.

Memorial donations may be made to the Baptist Global Response Team at and choose disaster response - donate, or mail your memorial donation to Baptist Global Response, P.O. Box 930507, Atlanta, GA 31193-0507.

This information was last updated 04/01/2017

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