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Roy Leonard Cole

February 4, 1934 ~ March 5, 2022 (age 88)

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Roy Leonard Cole passed away peacefully in his home on March 5, 2022, at the age of 88. On February 4, 1934, he was born in Raysal, West Virginia, to Myrtle Kathleen Cole. He grew up with four siblings, two sisters and twin brothers.

Roy joined the US Navy on April 10, 1952. He was on the good ship USS Robinson DO562, where he traveled around the world twice. He was honorably discharged on January 6, 1955. 

Roy met the love of his life, Wanda Virginia Berry, in 1958 in Elizabethton, Tennessee. After knowing each other for only ten days, they decided they wanted to share their lives together. He was such a romantic at heart; he left this world to be with his bride again on what would have been their 64th wedding anniversary.

After their whirlwind marriage, along came Tammy Lynn. She was the light of their lives. They lived in West Covina, CA, then moved to Baker City. After nine years of trying for more children, they had Robin Anne. Both girls were the apple of his eye. He was a loving father that would have done anything for his girls.

Tammy and Robin blessed Roy and Wanda with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Roy had his own unique relationship with each and every one of them. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time, either taking them to Virtue Flat to ride motorcycles, helping coach basketball, going to ball games, taking trips with them, or even working with them. Whatever they had going on, he wanted to be a part of it.

Some of Roy’s fondest memories were the motorcycle trips he took with friends and family. It didn’t matter where they were headed; he was a happy man when he was on his bike.

Soon after getting out of the Navy and moving to Baker, Roy started his logging career. His first job was with Orrin Hopkins. He also had worked for Kenny Miles and then Elvin Carter. He and his good friend Leonard Kenworthy decided to start their own logging company, K & C Logging (Kenworthy and Cole.) Roy employed many of his relatives and enjoyed his time working with them. Roy was known as a hard-working boss and a kind and generous man. He is one of the last generations of great men and loggers from Baker County.

His children and their families survive him. His daughter Tammy Lynn Runnels, husband Stan, children Beth, Neil, and Emily. His daughter Robin Mastrude, husband Scott, Children Travis, wife Tiffani, and sons Blake and Brody, Nicholas, wife Allyson, and Sierra.

He is preceded in death by his father, Sam Cole, in 1961, his mother, Myrtle Cole, in 2004, his wife Wanda Cole in 2015, and his granddaughter Melissa May Cassiday in 1988.

Roy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed. 

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