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Edward William "Eddie" Cole

October 1, 1936 May 23, 2011
Edward William "Eddie" Cole
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Obituary for Edward William "Eddie" Cole

Edward William “Eddie” Cole, 74, of Cedar Rapids, died peacefully with his wife and daughters at his bedside at his home on Monday, May 23, 2011, following a long illness.
   A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton with J. Steven Cole officiating.  Memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, also at the funeral home.  Ed’s body has been cremated and inurnment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, at a later date.
   Eddie was born October 1, 1936, in Houston, Texas, the son of John Steven and Billie Fuller Cole.  He graduated from Evanston High School in Evanston, Illinois.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
   Eddie held the Big 10 Trampoline Championship for three years in a row: 1957-1959. In 1959, he was also the NCAA Champion.  Ed was a former world high diving champion as well.
   Eddie was an entrepreneur, the owner of Chapman’s Fun World in Cedar Rapids, and the inventor of Jumpshot, a popular fun center activity. 
   On May 10, 1986, Eddie was united in marriage with Linda Lyons in Vinton.
   Eddie enjoyed golf, golf and more golf.  He was an outgoing, charismatic man who adored his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
   Eddie is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda Cole, of Cedar Rapids; one son, Bill Kielts of Florida; two daughters: Amy (Chris) Lynch of Pella and Susie (Colin) Crichton of Cedar Rapids; one brother, J. Steven (Kitty) Cole of Lake Forest, IL; honorary brother, Peter Jacobs; niece Brenda Cole; nephew Steve Cole; three grandsons: Deckar, Nathan and Griffin; and three granddaughters: Megan, Lauren and Mallory.
   He was preceded in death by his parents.
   The family would like to express their appreciation to Essence of Life Hospice for the love and care given to Eddie during his illness.
   In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.


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