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Barry Melvin Cole Sr.

Barry Melvin Cole Sr., 69 years young, of West Baden Springs, Indiana entered into eternal rest on March 10th, 2016 at Springs Valley Meadows in French Lick, Indiana.

He was born on September 1st, 1946 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania to Kenneth Melvin Cole Sr. and Dorothy (Shaffer) Cole.

Barry married the love of his life, Edwana Bowen, on March 17th, 1967 and she survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Barry graduated from George Washington High School in Indianapolis, Indiana with the Class of 1965. After high school he joined the United States Army where he served his country proudly for a total of 13 years. While in the U.S. Army, Barry was stationed throughout the world and also fought in the Vietnam War.

He loved spending time outdoors whether it be fishing, hunting or just being outside.

Barry supported his family and made a living being an over-the-road truck driver.

He is survived by:

Step-Mother Rhea Jean (Hogan) Cole

Wife Edwana (Bowen) Cole West Baden Springs, Indiana

(3) Daughters Ginnie Bates (Ricky) West Baden Springs, Indiana
Lorie Carter Fort Myers, Florida
Janet Smith (Tim) Indianapolis, Indiana

(2) Brothers Kenneth M. Cole Jr. Indianapolis, Indiana
Harry R. Cole (Jana) Scottsburg, Indiana

(2) Sisters Carrie Eckert (Jess) White, Pennsylvania
Theresa Short (Donnie) Springfield, Ohio

(9) Grandsons (4) Granddaughters (2) Great-Grandsons (8) Great-Granddaughter

(1) Great-Great-Granddaughter

Cremation was selected. There will be a private service at a later date.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, 9640 W. State Rd. 56, French Lick, Indiana. 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.

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I was always happy to see Barry when I was visiting my mom, Fern Terwillegar, at Medco.  He was the "President" and he told my mom that she could be the "Vice-President".  Barry was a wonderful man.

Susie Owen Mar 19 2016 12:00 AM