George Edwin Cole, Jr., “Butch”, firstborn son of George and Susan Cole, came into this world on May 14, 1969 at the U.S. Army Hospital in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, and passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2021 at age 51. He grew up in Kansas City, Kans., attending Vance Elementary School, Eisenhower Middle School and Washington High School and played on numerous ball teams in his youth including Wagner Auto Body, the Hurla’s, KC Impact and Christ the King. George Cole, Sr. coached Butch and his brothers early on and created a lifelong competitive spirit and love for baseball. Butch cherished the camaraderie and friendships made along the way and kept in touch with many of his former teammates. He went on to play professionally in the minor leagues (Memphis Chicks and Appleton Foxes) and as a K.C. Royal in 1992.
Butch enjoyed all things sports related, especially coaching, and also loved fishing, boating, and Colorado ski trips. Family gatherings were always entertaining when reliving memories of the brothers’ adventures in life. Butch dearly loved and was most proud of his two children, Crystal and Dylan, and grandson, Afton. He lovingly remembered and supported extended family members including many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, in-laws and exes on birthdays, graduations and various family events and celebrations. He worked for many years at Proctor & Gamble and Bayer Corporation in Kansas City.
Butch was preceded in death by his father, George, Sr., and mother, Susan.
He leaves behind his children, Crystal (Cody) McCoy and Dylan Cole; three stepchildren, Sadie, Sammie, and Dallas; grandson, Afton; step granddaughter Lola; brothers, Chris and Michael (Meridth); sister, Beckett; nephews, Tucker George, Dillon and Spencer; nieces, Madi and Amanda; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Butch will forever be remembered as a competitive, talented athlete, loving brother, father and son, and, friend to all.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, February 18, 2021 at the Moose Lodge, Kansas City, Kans., from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.
Our Sincere Condolences
RIP fellow Blue Devil. My condolences to the entire Cole family.
Love you brotha. We did some amazing things together. Ball til you fall! Thanks for the memories.