Robert Eugene Kole, 89
Faithful follower of Christ and beloved husband, father, great-grandfather, and brother, Bob (Bud) Kole died at sunrise on Thursday, November 19, 2020, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was born to Andrew and Venus Kole on May 3, 1931, in Fremont, Michigan, the second of three children, and he married Ruthan Vontom on November 24, 1951.
After he served in the Air Force, the couple bought a small farm in Fremont, which, through 50 years of hard work, frugality, and resourcefulness, they transformed into a picturesque, high-yield property that was (oddly) entirely free of rocks. At the same time, Bud worked a full-time job at the U.S. Postal Service and owned Kole Roofing. He was a man of integrity, and there was nothing he enjoyed more than putting in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.
He was a member of First Reformed Church and a founding member of Church of the Living Christ, both in Fremont. He also served as trustee of Dayton Township. In 2004, the couple moved to Covenant Village in Grand Rapids and became members of First Evangelical Covenant Church. Bud lost much to Parkinson’s, but he never lost his sense of humor or sight of God’s goodness.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Earl. He lives on in the hearts and work ethics of Ruthan; his children, Andy and Linda (Austin) Kole; Mary and Joel Apol; Bev and Al Kraker; Julee and Jon Bode; Margaret and Doug Dosland; and Christine and Brad MacLean; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and his sister Betty Shetterly.
A virtual service is being planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to World Vision (https://www.worldvision.org/). The family would like to express its deep gratitude to the entire staff of Covenant Village of the Great Lakes for all the kindness and care they provided over the years and to the staff at Faith Hospice for their comfort care at the end. Thank you!
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Sylvia M. Raquet Lee, age 82 of Fremont, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Sylvia was born on January 15, 1938 in Detroit to B. James and Lavon (Carpenter) O’Halloran. Sylvia was a graduate of Moody Bible Institute where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and later received her Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from the Lewis University. Sylvia worked in the financial services in Chicago for 18 years with tax shelter investments and also taught private piano lessons for over 12 years and voice lessons for over 21 years. Sylvia was a talented china painter and also taught china painting for several years. She loved singing, sewing, had played the piano at various churches in the Fremont area, and reading. Sylvia also had been active in the Fremont Community Choir, and enjoyed attending the symphony in Muskegon. Sylvia married Roscoe O. Lee on December 3, 2011 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fremont and Roscoe preceded her in death on November 17, 2017. Sylvia was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fremont. Her bright disposition and upbeat personality will always be remembered.
Sylvia is survived by her children, David (Victoria “Tori”) Raquet of Fremont; Debra (Lance) Safford of Racine, Wisconsin; her grandchildren, Annelise (Seth) Walker; Kira Raquet; Steven Raquet. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lavon Elizabeth Tinker, her father, Bertram James O’Halloran; and her brother, James O’Halloran.
Due to covid restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date with information to be provided when available. Friends may consider memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Sylvia. Friends may send a condolence or share a memory with the Raquet Lee family online at www.crandellfh.com. Arrangements by Crandell Funeral Home - Fremont Chapel. 231-924-0800