James L. Cole, Sr.

James L. Cole, Sr. 76, of Tripoli, died Monday, October 1, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

A celebration of life visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli where friends may greet the family. Memorials may be directed to the family. 

James Luverne, son of Everett and Ruby Bathke Cole was born March 14, 1942, in Tripoli. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith and received his education in the Tripoli Schools. Jim was united in marriage with Carole Thoms on March 19, 1966, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He worked at Del’s Auto for many years prior to working at Terex, which he retired from on March 1, 2004, due to health concerns. Jim was a member of St. John Lutheran Church-Buck, rural Sumner and in his early adolescent years the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed tinkering on things in his garage and loved fishing.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carole of Tripoli; six children, James, Jr. (Robin) Cole of New Hartford, Kenny Cole of Waverly, Teresa Cole of Sumner, Jeff (RaeJean) Cole of Waverly, Jason Cole of Sumner, and Brenda (Russ) Bradley of Tripoli; six grandchildren, Cody Blasberg, Chelsey Cole, Kennedy Cole, Jesse Harp, and Brent and Brittney Bradley; one niece, Pam (Kevin) Schwartz of Two Rivers, Wisconsin; and one nephew, Richard (Carol) Buhr of New Hampton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeannine Buhr in 2013; brother-in-law, Dennis Buhr in 2018; and niece, Penney in 2003.


Bea thoms-conner on October 6, 2018 at 5:21 PM said:

I’m sorry for your loss just heard about it so sorry . My prayers go out to you all.
Cam Schrage on October 4, 2018 at 1:09 PM said:

Carol, Junior and the rest of the family, My sympathy is with you all as I am deeply saddened of Jims passing. I always enjoyed visiting with Jim. He was 1 of a kind great man . I'll never forget the memories of when we met when you lived across from Woerner Oil. RIP Jim! God bless your family!
Donna and Larry Thoms on October 4, 2018 at 8:45 AM said:

Our hearts hurt for your loss! Jim will always be remembered as a kind soul. Know we are hear for you always! ????
Michelle Blue on October 3, 2018 at 9:28 PM said:

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You all have my deepest sympathy and condolences to you all. Sending lots of prayers your way ????????
Cecilia Miltenberger Richards on October 3, 2018 at 8:00 PM said:

So sorry for your loss but he is in a better place than we are. I will be saying prayers for your hole family.
Arlin and Sandy Thoms on October 3, 2018 at 7:47 PM said:

So sorry for your loss Carol. If you need anything please let us know. Arlin had surgery on Tuesday so we will be unable to attend the visitation.
Dana Hollenbeck on October 3, 2018 at 5:44 PM said:

Jeff, RaeJean, and Chelsey. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Love you!
Julianne Zander on October 3, 2018 at 2:58 PM said:

My sympathy to the family. Jim was everyone's friend. So sad to hear of this. Hugs to you all?
Pam schwartz on October 2, 2018 at 8:22 PM said:

I just heard tonight. My heart is shattered. I can’t imagine coming home and uncle Jim not being there to give me a big ole bear hug. My arms are reaching out to hug you all. Hold onto this promise. Very soon “....and He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore...”-Rev 21:4. I loved that man like a father. My love and prayers are with you all.
Geri Kelsey Salisbury on October 2, 2018 at 5:26 PM said:

Carole and family, my deepest sympathies and prayers for you. I grew up with Jim and Jeannie and they were very dear friends. Even though Jeannie was a best friend, Jim was always there if I needed something, he was there for me. Even into adulthood. I'm sure Jeannie and their folks will have a great reunion waiting in heaven. He will be greatly missed.
Brenda (Frahm) Buenzow on October 2, 2018 at 4:13 PM said:

Carol and family so sorry to hear of James passing. Saying prayers for you all.
Brenda (Frahm) Buenzow on October 2, 2018 at 4:13 PM said:

Carol and family so sorry to hear of James passing. Saying prayers for you all.
Brenda (Frahm) Buenzow on October 2, 2018 at 4:13 PM said:

Carol and family so sorry to hear of James passing. Saying prayers for you all.
Jennifer Thoms-Monaghan on October 2, 2018 at 12:47 PM said:

Dear Aunt Carole and family-
I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. May you all find peace and comfort in memories and time with family. Godspeed uncle Jim... You will be missed by many.
Melanie Buhr on October 1, 2018 at 3:22 PM said:

My sweet spunky cousin who I always considered my Uncle I have to say I were the best I will miss yr hugs & yr laughter!! Love ya always Melanie
Wilma Buhr on October 1, 2018 at 3:14 PM said:

Rest in peace my sweet nephew whom I have always considered my little brother!! I have so many memories I remember that we had together I know you are with your mom & dad & sister & you are having a celebration with them!! I will forever miss you & always love you!! Aunt Wilma
Marsha Gentry on October 1, 2018 at 1:33 PM said:

Rest in peace my funny, sweet cousin. We have many, many fond memories through the years, all with your fun humor. I bet Ruby and Jean were especially happy to greet you. Love you forever and ever.

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