Roger Cole, former harness racing fair and pari-mutuel Starter, passed away Wednesday (3/12) at the age of 69.
The long-time mid-Michigan owner, trainer, and driver, was born in Charlotte on Jan. 4, 1945, the son of Frank and Margie Cole.
Roger served in the United States Army from 1965-1968.
In addition to his passion for harness racing, Roger enjoyed fishing, golfing, attending auctions, collecting clocks and knives, and playing pool. He worked at Fisher Body and retired after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Eagles Club and the American Legion, both in Charlotte, and UAW Local 602.
Roger is survived by his wife, Norma (Johnson) Cole of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Amanda (Chris) Miller of Eaton Rapids; grandchildren, Katalyna, Kellan, Katyana Miller, all of Eaton Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Sammi and Nick Cole; brothers, Ken, Joe and Larry Cole.
Funeral services will be 11 am Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Shelly-Odell Funeral Home, 518 S. Main St. Eaton Rapids. Visitation will be Monday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 2140 University Park Dr., Okemos, MI 48864.
Our deepest condolences to Roger's family and friends on their loss.
Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association