Dennis Howard Cole
Services with full military honors for Dennis Howard Cole, 74, formerly of Leavenworth, were Wednesday, Nov. 28, at R.L. Leintz Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth.
Mr. Cole died Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at Avow Hospice after two months in North Collier Hospital, both in Naples, Fla.
He was born Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1932, in Twist, Mont., the son of Forrest C. and Beulah B. (Crays) Cole.
Mr. Cole was raised in Broadus, Mont., and graduated from Powder River High School in 1950. He joined the U.S Army in 1953, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant major in 1979.
He married Dragica Djurasek from Yugoslavia on Aug. 16, 1956, who became a U.S. citizen and changed her name to Mary.
They had four children and traveled all over during Cole's military career until he retired in Leavenworth. He also had worked at the Fort Leavenworth Bowling Lanes for many years. They divorced in 1986, and she survives in Leavenworth.
In 1988, Dennis married Jacqueline (Dorkey) Evenson in Naples, Fla.; she survives at the home.
Other survivors include three daughters, Darlene McCluskey, Leavenworth, Sherri Parkison, Lansing, and Denise Driskell, Weston, Mo.; a son, James, Leavenworth; three stepchildren, John Evenson and Jeff Evenson, both of Naples, Fla., and Julie Nagle, Minnesota; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters, Carmen Draine, Missoula, Mont., Bonnie Bigornia, Savage, Mont., Mary Cooley, Gillette, Wyo., and Linda Bianco, Palm Desert, Calif.; and two brothers, Larry, Vista, Calif., and Gale, Pocatello, Idaho.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home, 4701 Tenth Ave., Leavenworth 66048.
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