William Dean Cole, 90, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, at Sunrise of Lenexa.
He was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Bazine to Don and Dorcas Cole.
He attended Joint 1 Rural School in Ness County and was a 1946 graduate of Bazine High School.
He married Dorothy Mae Foos on July 30, 1950, in La Crosse. She preceded him in death March 13, 1989. He later married Alvina McCormick Foster on July 30, 1991. They resided in McCracken and enjoyed 10 years of marriage. She preceded him in death Dec. 8, 2001. He later married Celesta Schaben Bondurant on Oct. 3, 2003, in Youngtown, Ariz. She preceded him in death Aug. 23, 2016. He began teaching in the fall of 1946 in a one-room schoolhouse, Francis Rural School.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952 during the Korean Conflict and was stationed at Parks Air Force base in Livermore, Calif. After his service, he returned to Bazine to continue his teaching career and acquired his degree in elementary education from Fort Hays State College. He taught and coached in Bazine school system for over 38 years. He enjoyed teaching and spending time with his students and was dedicated to his profession. He later retired from teaching in May of 1990 but continued to be involved with the school for many years and was a fixture at all the sporting events.
He was member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was a member of many organizations and helped organize the Bazine High School reunions during Old Settlers. He took part in the many community events and was honored to be the Grand Marshall of the Bazine Picnic parade in 2014. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ness City, Bazine Lions Club, Ness City Lions Club, Bazine American Legion Post No. 392, Knights of Columbus and Kansas National Education Association.
Survivors include a son, James Cole and wife, Monica, Long Island; four daughters, Colette Traxler and husband, Perry, Overland Park, Susan Lilly and husband, Dwight, Mentor, Patricia Bruntz and husband, Rod, Valley Center, and Mary Carter and husband, Jeff, Lenexa; a sister, Donna Stahl, Plainville; a sister-in-law, Fay Foos, Wichita; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church, Ness City; burial in Bazine Cemetery.
A rosary/vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.
Memorials are suggested to Sacred Heart Church or Ascend Hospice, in care of the funeral home.
Condolence can be sent to www.fitzgeraldfuneral.com.