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Kerby Mathew Cole, 75

| May 22, 2022 1:00 AM

Kerby Mathew Cole went to be with the Holy Father on May 18, 2022, after a courageous batter with leukemia. Kerby was born in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Dec. 13, 1946, to Quentin “Buster” and Pauline Fuchs Cole.

Kerby had four brothers and a sister. He was like most North Idaho kids growing up enjoying the great outdoors hunting and fishing his entire life.

He graduated from Moscow High School in 1965 and obtained a Bachelors in civil engineering at the University of Idaho in 1970. Upon graduation he went to work as a field engineer for Bechtel Corporation in New York. Following his East Coast adventures, he returned to the northwest where he worked as an engineer for Crown Zeller Bach and Weyerhaeuser in the pulp and paper industry.

In 1980 he returned to Moscow, Idaho, where he began his career as an engineering consultant and construction manager. In fulfilling his dream and completing his education, he obtained his Master’s Degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and a Doctorate in engineering from Washington State University in 1993.

Following his graduation, he went to work for the State of Idaho, first for the Department of Transportation and then for the Department of Environmental Quality. He retired as the North Central Regional Administrator.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Ann Louise Sexton Cole, at their home in Hayden Lake, along with the family dog, Shamrock “Rocksy”, son, Timothy (Kim) Cole of Lewiston, daughter, Dianna Cole of Catteroy, stepsons, Thomas (Ana) Cossairt, of Blanchard, and Donald (Teresa) Cossairt, of Moscow, brothers, Steve (Maxine) of Deary, Bruce (Melissa) of North Fork, Mark (Cheri) of Moscow, and Arnie (Mandy) of Prairie City, Ore., along with fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Dolly, daughter Lisa, and his beloved Darby dog.

In lieu of flowers, Kerby asked that donations be made to the Pet Memorial Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University.

Kerby requested no service to be held. The family will hold a private celebration of life, to be planned at a later date. Interment will be this fall at the cemetery in Moscow, Idaho, where his grave will be dedicated.

Yates Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care of arrangements. Please visit Kerby’s memorial and sign his online guestbook www.yatesfuneralhomes.com

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