obituary header
Welcome to the memorial page for

Vernon Cole

June 6, 1929 ~ September 17, 2017 (age 88)

A Funeral Service for Vernon J. Cole of Warroad, MN will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2:00PM at the Roseau Community Church in Roseau, MN. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 5-7PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau, MN and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at America Cemetery in Warroad, MN.

Vernon passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the age of 88.

Vernon John Cole was born June 6, 1929 to John and Katie (Meyers) Cole in Penturen, MN and moved to America Township when he was seven years old. He attended grade school in Penturen and U18 in America Township before high school in Warroad, MN. After high school Vernon met and married Mertrice Roseen on June 16, 1948. Vernon worked a number of jobs. He was a school bus driver in Warroad, MN; he hauled milk, worked at the Forestry and Warroad Farmers Union, welded at Polaris Industries, and was a farmer. Vernon raised and trained horses. At one point, he had 50 horses he was raising. Vernon had a true passion for horses.

He also enjoyed hunting and trapping. He was a member of the Minnesota Farmers Union, Quarter Horse Association, and the NRA.

Vernon was preceded in death by his son, Allan Cole; grandson, JB Brandt; great-grandson, Cody Hasbrouck; parents, John and Katie Cole; brother, Dennis Cole; his father and mother-in-law, Albin and Mabel Roseen; brothers-in-law, Swen Roseen, Rod Norquist, Lowell Johnson, Everett Olson; sisters-in-law, Doris Norquist and Una Roseen; and many nieces and nephews.

Vernon is survived by his wife, Mertrice Cole; children, Randy (Vivian) Cole, Connie (Cork) Stoskopf, Ryan (Debbie) Cole, Phil (Vicky) Cole, Clint (Mary) Cole, Kim (Tammy) Cole, Valerie (Rodney) Bergstrom, Sherry (Allen) Hammer, Kathy Grahn; grandchildren, Tina (Rick) Leach, Tony (Lori) Stoskopf, Rhonda Cole, Ronni Dawn Peterson, Troy (Jodi) Peterson, Melinda (Scott) Halvorson, Kevin (Amanda) Cole, Kyle Cole, Lucas (Amanda) Cole, Amanda (Rodney) Zimmermen, Katie (Luke) Nordvick, Josh (Lacie) Cole, Justin (Nina) Cole, Ricky (Jamie) Cole, Stacy (Ryan) Bergstrom, Derek (Erica) Bergstrom, Chelsie (Trevor) Hebel, PeggySue Bergstrom, Trista Hammer, Matt (Andrea) Hammer, Marie Grahn, Mark Grahn; 36 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 Service Information

September 23, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Helgeson Funeral Home
1207 3rd St NE
Roseau, MN 56751

Funeral Service
September 24, 2017

2:00 PM
Roseau Community Church
Highway 89
Roseau, MN 56751

© 2018 Helgeson Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS