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Thomas Oakley Cole 1946-2017
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Thomas Oakley Cole 1946-2017

HAYS – Thomas Oakley Cole, age 70, passed away March 15, 2017 at Hays Medical Center. Born Aug. 8, 1946 in Great Bend, he was the son of Miles K. and Ava L. (Brown) Cole. On July 3, 1966 he married Vickie J. Bowsher in Great Bend. She preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2014.
Tom was a long time owner of Tom Cole and Associates in Hays which was an insurance and investment company. He was very passionate about dog rescue organizations and was co-founder of the Hays Golden Retriever Club. He was involved in many community organizations such as Boy Scouts leader, the Community Assistance Center, FHSU foster parent program and Ducks Unlimited.
He is survived by a son, Jason Cole and wife Kelly of Hays and children Thomas and Garrett; a daughter, Shannon Bauer and husband Gary of Wichita and grandson, Jordon Feltes; a brother, Dale Cole of Salina; a nephew, Eric Cole of Salina and a niece, Traci Cole of Kansas City.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial graveside service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Great Bend Cemetery followed by a celebration gathering at the Great Bend Recreation Center.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Best Friends Animal Society ( Condolences may be left by guest book at or emailed to

Funeral arrangements provided by
Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory*
2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.
The Great Bend (Kans.) Tribune, Monday, April 11, 2017