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Michael W. Cole

January 16, 1953 February 3, 2018


Portland Michael, 65, died February 3 in Portland. He was born in Salem, growing up in the Mill City, Lyons area and graduating from Stayton High School in 1971. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. After his discharge from the navy he made a coast to coast trip on his motorcycle before settling in Portland. Michael worked as an electronics technician at Tektronics for over 30 years.


His interests included gardening, cooking, astronomy, motorcycles, the outdoors and working with stained glass. He enjoyed bowling and was a member of a league in Portland where he made many lifelong friends. Michael loved music and over the years collected many instruments, learning to play some, his favorite being the piano.  In later years Michael enjoyed spending time with family playing dice and other games having no mercy on even the youngest of opponents.  Michael will be remembered by his family as a loving son, brother and uncle, his presence will be deeply missed.


He is survived by his sister: Sharlene (Larry) Larimer of Stayton and was very close to his nieces and nephew: Mandi Atiyeh, Chuck Larimer and Michelle Cole Saunders. Michael was preceded in death by father Burnett Cole, mother Audrey Price and brother, Brent Cole.


The family would like to thank the VA Hospital, doctors and nurses that provided the wonderful care for Michael. A private family service will be held. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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