Jerry Devon Cole, 78, sadly passed away Sunday, October 9, 2022 at his home in Moorefield, West Virginia. Born August 19, 1945 in Enid, Oklahoma he was the son of the late Murton B. and Billie H. Cole. Raised in Midwest City, Oklahoma, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University.
He served 27 years with the U.S. Air Force as a civil engineer. After his military service, which included stations in Italy, England, numerous stateside bases, and two tours at the Pentagon, he transitioned to a career in the private sector in which he traveled around the World.
He was very generous and always willing to help someone in need, and was fiercely loyal to his family, friends, and those he cherished. He loved a good poker game and blackjack with friends, and one can still hear his hearty, exuberant laughter and remember how red his face would become after hearing a good joke. He was a culinary master concocting some perfectly mean smoked ribs on countless special occasions, which many will remember with a big smile (and many napkins). He had a deep love for architecture, especially his tremendous admiration for Frank Lloyd Wright, whose designs inspired his uniquely beautiful current home which he designed 56 years earlier in Architectural School. He remained active throughout his life and was always busy with countless projects around his home, especially wood-working, but was also a jack of all trades. He took great pride in all his endeavors, and his perfectionism shined through regardless the task at hand. We take some comfort knowing he left this place doing what he loved, working diligently on his property which brought him so much joy, gratification, and fulfillment. One of his favorite quotes he often exclaimed, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”
He will be remembered by his loving wife of 57 years, Shirley Cole; two children, Steven Cole, and Trevor (wife Tina) Cole; one Grandson, Nicholas Cole; a sister, Cheryl Urice; a nephew, Chad Urice and wife Donna, and their two sons, Alec and Cameron. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Alexander Cole and Brother-in-law, Joel Urice.
Per his wishes, there will be no service.