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Tony Cole
  • 22 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 22, 1988
  • Place of birth:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Feb 26, 2011
Tony's passion for life was a lesson for all

Below are the details for those wishing to make a memorial donation in memory of Tony Cole.   For all donations, please include a note with Tony’s name.

 Tony’s family is requesting donations to these deserving organizations in lieu of flowers.  Boy Scouts of America - Anthony Wayne Area Council8315 West Jefferson BoulevardFort Wayne, IN 46804  Snider High School Footballc/o Snider High School Athletics Department4600 Fairlawn PassFort Wayne, IN 46815  Snider High School Performing Artsc/o Kathy McVaigh4600 Fairlawn PassFort Wayne, IN 46815  Beta Theta Pi Fraternity - Beta Mu Chapter House Association, Inc.c/o Kevin M. Comer
1700 Fairway Drive
Kokomo, IN 46901  Purdue University Flight TeamDonate via the University Development Office website at: https://donate.purdue.edu/Menu.aspx Click on “Make a One Time Gift” (or “set up a Recurring Gift”), and on the next page “Select a Designation Area”. Scroll down to the very last entry “Other – specify in comments”. “Other Instructions” should include “Av Tech Flight Team #1207”. Select “yes” to the question about the gift being in memory of someone, and enter Tony’s name. If you wish to send notification of the gift, please enter Janet and Mack Cole, 1908 Benham Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46815.  
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Casey Sowers on 22nd October 2016

"Janet, Mack, Betsy and family
Thinking of you today. I told mom and dad it was Tony's birthday today.  So we looked through all the pictures and the stories and we laughed and we cried.  Happy birthday to you Tony.  Never stop exploring!  Love, Casey, Rick and Jane"

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 22nd October 2016

"Hi Janet and Mack.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers today.  Today we remember Tony and his birth date.  We love you!"

This tribute was added by janet cole on 22nd October 2016

"Thank you friends and family for remembering us and Tony on his 28th birthday. The pain in our hearts remains fresh. We live on trying to help others in his memory.
Love, Janet and Mack"

This tribute was added by Kathy Ferguson on 22nd October 2016

"Thinking of all of you on Tony's birthday today."

This tribute was added by Tom McKarns on 22nd October 2016

"Thinking of you today, Janet, Mac and Betsy."

This tribute was added by Kathy Ferguson on 26th February 2016

"Great words about Tony - thank you for sharing them!  Thinking of you and saying a prayer.
Kath"

This tribute was added by janet cole on 23rd February 2016

"We have added an article we recently wrote about Tony for a newsletter.  It is listed under "Stories" above.  Thank you all for continuing to think of us and sending us your kind wishes."

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 4th January 2016

"Hello to your family, I just thought I would take some time to let you know that I think of you all often and I almost stopped by but did not want to bother you, especially during the Christmas season. Maybe that is when I needed to stop by though.  I simply care and always will. I am not always good and keeping my thoughts to myself and I am glad where you have this website  to let you know all of this. Hopefully you are all well. Take care . Lisa"

This tribute was added by Kathy Ferguson on 26th October 2015

"I'm sorry I let Tony's birthday slip by this year.  I just checked my email today - first time in a week - and noticed I missed it.  However, we think of Tony often, no matter what the day, as well as think of you both, Janet and Mac, and the good times we shared.  Saying a prayer for you guys right now!"

This tribute was added by janet cole on 25th October 2015

"Here we are again, another October, another birthday for Tony.  And again we must thank our wonderful friends and family who continually help us laugh, help us mourn, help us live.  We miss you more than words can say Tony bear.
Love to all, Janet and Mack"

This tribute was added by Karen Allen on 22nd October 2015

"Janet,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Mac on this difficult day.  Embrace your loving and happy memories to treasure for a lifetime. Remember that God has a plan for all of us that we rarely know or understand.  Comfort yourself in God's Love and know that Tony is safe and happy in God's Kingdom and that you WILL see him again."

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 22nd October 2015

"I am sure today is very difficult for you and I can only say that each day i say a prayer that you find comfort somehow in knowing that you will see him again someday. Your faith helps in keeping you strong."

This tribute was added by J'Nelle Hamilton on 26th February 2015

"II Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

This tribute was added by Kathy Ferguson on 26th February 2015

"Remembering Tony and holding everyone who loved and cared about him in our thoughts and prayers, especially today.
Ed and Kathy Ferguson"

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 17th February 2015

"To your family, I am thankful to be able to share my feelings on this page. It is difficult to just go day to day not knowing whether you all know that you are in my prayers every day. I pray for you to hold onto your faith in Jesus and to continue on with life which has got to be a struggle at times still. I know there have been many happy events as well but at the same time you always have that place in your heart that misses Tony. I also pray that God fills that place in your heart with a sense of reassurance that Tony is still with you although in a different way for now. Someday you will see him again and that is something to look forward to for all people who have lost a loved one."

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 17th December 2014

"I watched the video and saw the added pictures. Tony really could sing well!! It as always stirs up a very bittersweet feeling but it was great to watch and I am glad you posted it. Thoughts and prayers are for you all every day and will be forever by me. You are a wonderful family and I am fortunate to know you"

This tribute was added by janet cole on 15th December 2014

"With the release of the movie "Into the Woods" this month we are reminded of Tony's portrayal of the Wolf his sophomore year in Snider High School's 2005 production of "Into the Woods".  To see Tony's song go to Gallery then Video above.  We thank you all for your continued love and support.  Janet and Mack"

This tribute was added by Kathy Ferguson on 23rd October 2014

"Mac, Janet, Betsy and Vince,
We continue to hold you all in our thoughts and lift you up in our prayers, especially on Tony's birthday.  Love and miss you!
Ed and Kathy"

This tribute was added by Tom McKarns on 23rd October 2014

"Thinking of you, Janet Mack and Betsy, and remembering Tony."

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 22nd October 2014

"Remembering Tony today. My heart and thoughts are always with you!  Love you all."

This tribute was added by Karen Allen on 22nd October 2014

"Janet and Mac,
Today I remember Tony with a smile on my face but have you in my heart.  Prayers for your continued healing and strength. May you know that Tony is with God and that God holds you in the palm of His hands.
Blessings."

This tribute was added by Roger Miller on 3rd June 2014

"Mack & Janet,

I haven't been able to find words that adequately express my heartbreak over Tony's accident.  I still can't but I want to let know that you are on my mind and I grieve with you and I think of Tony often when I fly.  I know he loved aviation and got a lot of joy from flying.

Roger Miller"

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 27th February 2014

"All of you are always in my heart and mind…love you all..."

This tribute was added by Cindy Hallar Cook on 27th February 2014

"Thinking of you and your son Tony always! Whenever I take my hike on my parent's farm and wander the woods Tony is in my prayers. As soon as the bluebells arrive I will make him a bouquet. Love, Cindy"

This tribute was added by Karen Allen on 25th February 2014

"Janet and Mac: My thoughts and prayers continue for you and your entire family.  Let's get together soon when I return from Florida. I think of you often.
Karen Allen"

This tribute was added by Laura Hossler on 25th February 2014

"So many fond memories.  So many prayers of strength and peace surrounding you."

This tribute was added by Janice Cass on 24th February 2014

"Thinking of you all as another tough day approaches.   It's hard and my prayers go out to you. Tony will always be alive in your hearts."

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 24th February 2014

"So glad to have stopped by the other night for the brief visit. I appreciate it that you accept my randomness!  But there is still not a day that I do not think of you all and the forced change that has had to be made. Its just on my mind all the time and I care so much for you and others who knew him so well. I just wish there were more I could do"

This tribute was added by janet cole on 23rd February 2014

"It's been three years since we spent our days & nights at the hospital hoping Tony would get better. Thank you all for keeping our family in your thoughts & prayers. We couldn't have made it this far without your support.  Love, Janet & Mack"

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 26th October 2013

"Hi Janet, Mack, Betsy, Vince, Ian, and entire family.  You all have been in my thoughts and prayers, especially this month...but always.  We will always remember Tony.  Love you all!"

This tribute was added by deb thiel on 23rd October 2013

"Every time I see a small plane fly over, I think of that handsome hunk tipping his wings to us old gals!  Love and prayers to your whole family,
. Deb T"

This tribute was added by Janice Cass on 22nd October 2013

"Thinking of you all and sending a prayer your way."

This tribute was added by Tom McKarns on 22nd October 2013

"We are thinking of you and remembering the lasting impressions that Tony had on all of us. He brought lots of energy to everyone he touched! Love, Tom, Lisa, Kate, Jack and Will"

This tribute was added by Ken & Mary zick on 22nd October 2013

"Dear Janet & Mack
Hearing that Tony would celebrate his 25th birthday today brings our heartfelt prayer that you would experience peace and strength for this time."

This tribute was added by Karen Allen on 22nd October 2013

"Janet and Mac ~ My prayers continue with you on this difficult journey. I am learning to "see and listen" since my brother was killed 18 months ago and Dad passed a year ago.  God will provide what you need in your most stressful moments.  I will recommend a book I have found so comforting and have read more than once: "Heaven is for Real". Hugs for your family."

This tribute was added by Kathy Ferguson on 22nd October 2013

"We remember Tony, especially today on his birthday, and are thinking of you too, Janet, Mack, Betsy and Vince.  Our prayers are always with all of you.
Miss you guys!
Love,
Ed and Kathy"

This tribute was added by janet cole on 21st October 2013

"Tomorrow is Tony's 25th birthday. Our family wants to thank all the special people who continue to walk with us down the difficult path we have been forced to travel.
Love,
Janet, Mack, Betsy, Vince, and Ian"

This tribute was added by janet cole on 21st October 2013

"Tomorrow is Tony's 25th birthday. Our family wants to thank all of the special people who continue to walk with us down the difficult path we have been forced to travel.
Love; Janet, Mack, Betsy, Vince, and Ian"

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 14th October 2013

"I was running errands and looked at the blue sky with the color in the trees. I then remembered how difficult life has been for your family especially when I remembered his birthday is coming up. I really pray for God to continue to  give you in whatever way any touch of grace through moments you have that make you smile.(Like that one time I spoke with you Janet about the meteor shower)"

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 6th March 2013

"Janet, Mack, Betsy, Vince, and Ian:  Living without Tony in your every day life is something I cannot imagine for all of you and the extended family. Our family still thinks of Tony, often. We continue to think and pray for all of you. I know his presence is very much a part of each day of your lives. May God continue to hold each of you in His arms and provide comfort, always. Love you."

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 5th March 2013

"As always, I think of your familly. The only thing I can write here comes something I read in a book .I am not for sure of the wording but. it is similar. "As time has moved on where you once had only sorrow now remains a subtle sense of peace""

This tribute was added by Karen Allen on 3rd March 2013

"Janet and Mac,
You continue to be in our heartfelt thoughts and prayers. Hugs for you and your family."

This tribute was added by J'Nelle Hamilton on 3rd March 2013

"Janet, Mac, Betsy, and Vince,

You all have been in my prayers the last several weeks.  I'll keep praying."

This tribute was added by Tom McKarns on 26th February 2013

"Dear Janet, Mack, Betsy and Vince,

Thinking of you all today, and enjoying seeing all the wonderful pictures of Tony. They brings smiles to all of us who knew him, and I am sure to even those who did not. May peace be with you, and may Tony's energy and warmth live on."

This tribute was added by Judith Lawrence on 26th February 2013

"Dear Mack, Janet and Betsy
Thinking of you today.  I sincerely hope that your sorrow will lighten and you can have some peace with rememberence of the joy that Tony brought into your life."

This tribute was added by Laura Hossler on 26th February 2013

"We prayerfully think of you."

This tribute was added by Mark Wehrle on 26th February 2013

"Hard to believe it has been two years. We were just looking at old pictures with the kids and saw a few more shots with Tony ...wow, the pre-school years were kid fun times......fun for us to watch and remember...the fun for Janet, Mack, Betsy with Tony.  Peace and Love from the Wehrles."

This tribute was added by janet cole on 27th November 2012

"We want to thank our friends and family who have helped us along this road.  It is the second holiday season since Tony has passed and we wish peace and happiness to you all.  Love, Janet and Mack"

This tribute was added by Judith Lawrence on 22nd October 2012

"Thinking of your family today. What a blessing Tony was and always will be in your heart.   We know too Janet that we will be reunited in Heaven.With our loved ones. Love you Judy"

This tribute was added by Karen Allen on 22nd October 2012

"I just love seeing the picture of Tony with his plane. Airplanes were a big part of my life through my father who passed away Oct. 7 this year. I just know that both Tony and Dad are soaring on the wings of eagles and looking down on us with love. They will be with us forever in our hearts. Janet, let's get together soon after I return from Dad's home."

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 22nd October 2012

"There is not one day that I do not think of your family. I love the fact that Alaina and Dan are close to all of you and I also enjoy hearing the stories of and  seeing pictures of Ian. I listened to a Jackson Brown song "For a Dancer" its on Utube and it is such a nice song. The words were very comforting and may help on days that are so difficult like his birthday. Take Care, Lisa"

This tribute was added by Mark Wehrle on 22nd October 2012

"Kathy and I missed you guys at Cole's (our oldest son) wedding. We all got together at our house for a reception. I told Hope I had seen Mac, and we remembered Tony"

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 21st October 2012

"Janet, Mack, Betsy, Vince, Ian, and family:  though you remember Tony every day in your lives, tomorrow brings about a day that should have been celebrated in another birthday for Tony. Instead, we celebrate the life he did have and all the wonderful memories and love we all had of Tony. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless."

This tribute was added by Betsy Irizarry on 11th July 2012

"Here is a video of Tony singing "Folsom Prison Blues" with the Crazy Gringos in August 2008.  He nailed it on his first time singing the song!  
http://youtu.be/goemkjrjI4w"

This tribute was added by Megan Church on 21st April 2012

"I cannot believe he's been gone a little over a year. I took a walk through the woods at Kathy's and thought of him the whole time. Such a great guy"

This tribute was added by Kathy Ferguson on 27th February 2012

"Janet, Mac, Betsy and Vince,
Please know that you all are always in our thoughts and prayers, especially these last couple of weeks.  Time passes and we move on, but we don't forget.  We love you and miss you guys!
Ed and Kathy"

This tribute was added by Judith Lawrence on 27th February 2012

"Janet, I am thinking of you today and I think that I am feeling your pain as I lost Jim  on February 12th.   I remain so sorry for your loss I hope that your days and years get easier.  I did not know Tony but he sure sounded like a wonderful young man.  God Bless you and your family."

This tribute was added by Tom McKarns on 27th February 2012

"Dear Janet, Mac, Betsy & Vince,
We are thinking of you today, and about the vibrant life of Tony, and all those that he touched with his charm, energy and concern. His spirit lives on in all of us who knew him and he will always be remembered. How he lived his life continues to serve as a model to all of us, and reminds us to be happy and to encourage our friends."

This tribute was added by Kathy Erlsten on 26th February 2012

"We met at our farm as a family and friends of Tony on this day.  Although only one year has passed it seems so much longer since he left us.  He is still in all our hearts and always will be.  We are all better people for having known  and loved Tony!!  Lovingly from Aunt Kathy"

This tribute was added by Mark Wehrle on 26th February 2012

"It is hard to believe it has been one year. Kathy and I just watched 60 minutes, they were showing extreme cliff jumping in a bat like suit. They flew 140 mph like birds. Tony would have loved to see this. It was nature, gravity and man in flight. Our regards to Janet, Mac and Betsy.
Peace and Love from the Wehrles."

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 26th February 2012

"It is still difficult to grasp the loss of Tony, one year later.  I pray for all of you...family and friends. He is missed so very much. I pray God will wrap His loving comfort around each and everyone of you. Only He, truly, can grant you the peace you need. We love you all!  Ronna Parrot and family"

This tribute was added by Janice Cass on 21st February 2012

"I have had you all in my thoughts and prayers this week.  I know this is another tough time to get through, please know I am hear to listen if you need someone to talk to.  Jan Cass"

This tribute was added by Lisa Wiley on 21st February 2012

"Hello, I know it has been a year. I hope you all do not mind but I have to express that I still think of your family, friends and all those who knew him. I still  think of the situation every day. It has affected ME so strongly because of the fact that it has affected  the ones I love and I hate the feeling of the loss for you all. I always felt happy when stories were told involving hiim."

This tribute was added by Betsy Irizarry on 9th February 2012

"As we approach the one year mark of Tony’s accident, we want to thank everyone who is helping us keep his spirit very much alive. Below are some links to help celebrate Tony.
Service: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9CETJIMQc0
Story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG45-_cL6Zw
Kind words: http://hosting-tributes-24050.tributes.com/show/Tony-Cole-90924903"

This tribute was added by janet cole on 8th January 2012

"We want to thank everyone who helped us so much all through the year 2011.  We pray we will all have a better new year.  We still feel Tony is with us in so many different ways and hope others feel this as well.  Love, Janet and Mack"

This tribute was added by Janice Cass on 23rd October 2011

"I've been thinking of you all, I hope the time spent with friends and family helped to heal your broken hearts. Tony was so very special.  Keith was just telling me how much he enjoyed fishing out at the farm with Tony and listening to his stories of flying planes."

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 22nd October 2011

"Remembering Tony on his birthday...our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  I know there is a party going on in heaven!  God bless all!  Love you!"

This tribute was added by Dawn Ormsby on 22nd October 2011

"Happy Birthday Tony. Thinking of you and your family today."

This tribute was added by Stewart Turner on 22nd October 2011

"Just a happy flyer up in Alaska.  I know Tony wanted to see this state.  Now he's got a better view from higher up."

This tribute was added by janet cole on 17th April 2011

"Dear Cindy - Thank you for sharing.  For more details on why your actions are so meaningful to us please look under "stories".  Thank you, Janet and Mack Cole"

This tribute was added by Cindy Hallar Cook on 16th April 2011

"We are so sorry for your loss! My husband and I live near the site of the accident. We love wandering this woods admiring its beauty every Spring. The flowers are blooming. We have set a bouquet of bluebells by the spot. Sincerely remembered!  Cindy"

This tribute was added by Janice Cass on 27th March 2011

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very painful time of grief.  There are truly no words to express how very sorry we are.  Our prayers are with you always. Brad and Janice and Keith Cass"

This tribute was added by Nancy Contreras on 27th March 2011

"Janet & Mack, So very sorry to hear about Tony. What I remember about him was his beautiful smile and how nice he was. I pray God will comfort you and your family through this difficult time. The Contreras Family"

This tribute was added by Theresa M. Bigler on 21st March 2011

"I did not know Tony personally, but through these pictures and tributes, I can almost feel him in spirit.  My prayers are for all he left behind. A remarkable young man, Forever Young.    Love, Tess B"

This tribute was added by Tom McKarns on 17th March 2011

"Tony touched so many with his positive attitude and ever present smile. He has helped all of us to know that we can accomplish much more than we realize. Our memories of Tony will inspire us to do more. McKarns family of Ann Arbor"

This tribute was added by Kathy Erlsten on 9th March 2011

"Tony had a love of life that we will never forget.  He was our fourth son.  He will live forever in our hearts.
Aunt Kathy and Uncle Steve Erlsten"

This tribute was added by Megan Church on 9th March 2011

"I'm so sorry for the loss of Tony. He was such a great guy. I remember the times over the summer when we rode quads, went coyote hunting, and had many fun times. Summers will sure be different in Morrow Co. Ohio. My prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Jane Dannhausen on 7th March 2011

"Jane Dannhausen lit a candle on 7th March 2011
I remember so fondly when our son Chris played with Tony and all the Wehrle kids when they were so very young! They had so much fun!
Sometimes the right words are so hard. Remember that our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family during this time!
Bob, Jane and Chris Dannhausen"

This tribute was added by Ronna Parrot on 6th March 2011

"Janet, Mac, Betsy, Vince, and Ian:  Many wonderful memories and years are entwined between our children and our friendship.  My heart aches for all of you.  Tony was a wonderful person; a tribute to all of you.  His relationship with his family was priority and I know you will always miss him.  May God provide the comfort you need.  Love you all.  Ronna, Joe, Kyle, Wade, Alyssa and Olivia"

This tribute was added by Judith Lawrence on 6th March 2011

"Janet, Mack and Betsy..
It has been years Janet since we worked together and when I heard what happened to Tony it broke my heart.
I am so sorry...
Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal...

Love leaves a memory that no one can steal
Our love and prayers to you and your family..

Jim and Judy Lawrence"

This tribute was added by Mark Wehrle on 6th March 2011

"Janet, Mack and Betsy. Kathy and I are so sad for your loss. Our kids have earned their "sad badge" from your loss. He was a great kid and anyone who was lucky enough to know him knew what a good guy Tony was (and what great parents he must have) Peace and Love from The Wehrles"

This tribute was added by Karen Allen on 6th March 2011

"Janet and Mack,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.  I have no words to express my feelings. May God be with you and comfort you in your time of need. Karen, Steve, and Ross"

This tribute was added by Ed Sweeny on 3rd March 2011

"Mack:

I was so sorry to hear of Tony's passing. He sounded like a terrific young man -- too tragic. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ed Sweeny"


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