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Cole, Cedric Ronald
Cedric Ronald Cole, 88, Mutual 2, died June 15, 2014.
Ronald was born in Penguin, Tasmania, Australia, on Oct. 14, 1925. He grew up on the northwest coast of Tasmania and went to school in Latrobe and Devonport.
He tried to join the Royal Australian Army at age 17, and when his father found out, he had Ronald removed. At that time during World War II, the Australian Army would not accept fourth and subsequent sons if the first three had already joined the services.
In 1943, Cedric reversed his given names to Ronald Cedric Cole and joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). By the time his father found out, Ronald was already in Sale, Victoria, Australia.
He trained to be a fighter bombardier and a mid-turret gunner. During WWII, Ronald flew with both the RAAF and the U.S. 5th Army Air Corps.
After WWII ended, Ronald was sent to Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (BCOF). He attained the rank of sergeant before discharging from the RAAF in 1949.
In 1951 he joined the Royal Australian Army Air Liaison Force (known today as the Australian Army Reserves) and served with them until 1960.
He was very proud of his military career.
During WWII, Ronald met and married Margaret Ann Powell.
They had seven children, Ronald Ian “Rick,” Bryon Douglas, Carryn Elizabeth, Gary John, Lorinne Margaret, Andrea Maree and Jasanne Michelle Ruth.
After his military career, they settled in Devenport, Tasmania, before moving to East Brunswick, Victoria.
After his divorce in 1972, Ronald moved to Canada.
While living in Vancouver, he met Bertha Charlene Quesinberry at a “Parents Without Partners” function on the Canada/USA border. They corresponded after he moved back to Australia in 1974. Bertha joined him in Melbourne, Victoria, and they married there in 1976.
Ronald did not like the name Bertha, so he called her Charlene.
The couple lived in Melbourne for three years before moving to Washington, to be closer to her two sons. After tolerating the cold and rainy weather in Washington for a few years, they moved to Carson, Calif., before retiring to Leisure World Seal Beach in 1987.
Ronald was an active member in the LW Radio Club, a member of the LW Trailer Club and was know as the Mutual 2 Lamplighter for many years.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Charlene; seven children, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He wished to be cremated with half of his ashes returned to Australia for sprinkling in the Tasman Sea and the other half sprinkled in Puget Sound, Seattle, Wash.
A memorial service to celebrate Ronald’s life will be held at Leisure World Baptist Church, on Sunday, July 6, in Clubhouse 4, at 11 a.m. All who would like to share stories and their memories are welcomed to attend.
The family sincerely thanks all of their friends and family who have shown support and shared their thoughts and prayers with them at this time.
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