David James Cole went home to be with the Lord On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. He was in degenerating health, partly due to a stroke he had suffered in November 2016. A celebration of David's life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Calvary E.C. Church in Hooppole, starting with a reception at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. A short graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Wheatland Township Cemetery on 104th Street South, in Naperville.

David James Cole went home to be with the Lord On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. He was in degenerating health, partly due to a stroke he had suffered in November 2016. A celebration of David’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Calvary E.C. Church in Hooppole, starting with a reception at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. A short graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Wheatland Township Cemetery on 104th Street South, in Naperville.

David was born in downstate Illinois in 1932. Several years later, his family relocated to Naperville where he attended school. Upon graduating from Naperville High School (1950), and working as a baker for a year, David joined the U.S. Navy and served his country in the Korean War. David later served in the California National Guard. After his military service, he returned to Naperville and used the G.I. Bill to attend North Central College. David graduated in 1961, and became an elementary school teacher in East Aurora School District No. 131, in Aurora. He completed a Master’s Degree in Outdoor Education at Northern Illinois University in 1967. He was recognized as the Kane County Elementary Educator of the Year in 1976. David retired from teaching in 1990. After his retirement, David and his wife, Carol Lee, relocated to

Annawan, where he served in various roles in his church, Calvary Evangelical Congregational Church, in Hooppole. He was also active in Kiwanis Club, VFW Post 7176 in Annawan, American Legion Post 724 in Atkinson, Annawan Library Board, and Henry County American Red Cross board member. His was a life of service. David was a voracious reader, enjoyed gardening, and loved to bake cookies and zucchini bread for his friends, neighbors, and for sale at the Geneseo Farmers Market. He went deer hunting with his friends every fall.

David is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Lee (Schrader), daughter, Sarah, son, Andrew, daughter-in-law, Megumi (Karimata), and several nieces. He was preceded in death by his two sons, Michael and Timothy, his father, John, his mother, Velma, step-mother, Mary, his sister, Marion, and brother, Phillip.