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Walter Cole

September 12, 1953 — January 5, 2023

Walter Cole


Walt Cole went Home to be with our Lord on Thursday, January 5, 2023, after fatal heart failure.  He was 69 years young.  The outpouring of sadness over our loss confirms the sundry of lives he touched.  Friends and family fondly remember Walt with words like:  loving, caring, helpful, funny, creative, smart, kind, giving – all portray this amazing man.  He often spent hours on the phone with friends needing a listening ear, wise advice or a razzing which would bring levity to their situation. He is sorely missed by all.

Growing up in Clarkston, Walt loved to play golf, listen to the Beatles, drive his 62 Corvette, and hang out with his countless lifelong friends. Walt could fix anything for anybody and enjoyed his countless projects out in his shop. Sitting outside, by the waterfall, with his wife, his mom, and Spiffy (the family’s beloved Westie), were his favorite pastimes. He also enjoyed the morning Bible readings with Diane.

Walt was preceded in death by his father, Walter Edgar Cole Sr, grandparents: Charles and Edna Cole and Paul and Molly Schurman.  He is survived by his loving wife, Diane Zell, who cherished every day of their 22 years of marriage; 98-year-old mother, Phyllis; daughter, Jessica and husband Rob Crump; son Patrick; stepson Drew Cummings; sisters Sharon Pena and husband Rick and Marcy Frisbey as well as voluminous Cole, Schurman, Lemm, Beutler and Koller cousins.

A celebration of Walt’s life will be held on Thursday February 23, 2023, at 11am at Candlelight Christian Fellowship, 5725 N Pioneer Dr, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815.  Walt was an active member of Silver Angels for the Elderly (SAFE), a nonprofit that he and his wife founded in 2015.  SAFE brings joy and advocacy for isolated seniors in the local community. If you feel so moved, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in his memory, to continue the ministry he was so passionate about. Donate at



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