Donald Orlien Cole, 86, of Payson, died Dec. 26, 2004 in Payson. He was born Aug. 16, 1918 to Albert and Johannah (Loe) Cole at Hanley Falls, Minn.
Mr. Cole was baptized in Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church and confirmed there May 28, 1933. He attended country school. He married Orlet Just on May 26, 1940 at St. John's, and served on the church council as a trustee, and as an elder on St. John's School Board. He was also a member of St. John's Men's Club.
The Coles farmed their lifetime in Minnesota, first at Evansville and then moved to Wood Lake in 1943. They purchased a farm north of town in 1947 and lived there until 1994 when they moved to Payson.
Mr. Cole became a member of Rock of Ages Ev. Lutheran Church in Payson.
He is survived by his wife, Orlet; four sons, David and Marilyn of Rochester, Minn., Orrin and Linda of Canby, Minn., Wayne of Cibecue, Ariz., and Stanley and Carol of Federal Way, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Virgil; four sisters, Jeverna, Ardell, Kathleen and Edith; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Curtis, LeVern and Arvid; and daughter-in-law, Flora.
Visitation will be at noon, Thursday, Dec. 30, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Rd. Interment will be at Mountain Meadows Memorial Park in Payson.
Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.