Rev. Gene Edward Cole, 71, passed away Aug. 27, 2013.

Rev. Gene Edward Cole, 71, passed away Aug. 27, 2013.

Gene was born Feb. 17, 1942, in Tulsa, Okla. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University and received his Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He pastored Methodist churches in Republic, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Trenton, Independence, Neosho, Holt and Turney, retiring in 2009 after 36 years of ministry. He was most recently attending the Liberty United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Diane Cole; son, Stephen Cole; daughter, Angela Renee Cole; three brothers, Jack Cole, Ray Cole and Dale Cole; two sisters, Nona Uthoff and Sylvia Logue.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday followed by services at 10 a.m. at the Liberty United Methodist Church at 1001 Sunset Ave. Liberty, Mo. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in IOOF Cemetery Neosho. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contribution to Liberty United Methodist Church or KU Cancer Center.

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Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel.