Dr. Garry L. Cole

dr. garry cole
Garry L. Cole, age 84, of New Hampton, Iowa passed away on January 8, 2021 at St. Maryโ€™s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, Iowa with Pastor Kevin Frey officiating. Burial will be in New Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00AM on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Online condolences for Garryโ€™s family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com Dr. Garry Lee Cole was born to Aaron and Louise (Booth) Cole in Ottumwa, Iowa on February 21, 1936. Garry graduated from Ottumwa High School in 1954. He then enlisted in the US Army and received his honorable discharge in 1956. When he returned home he enrolled at Iowa State University majoring in business administration. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University on November 23, 1960.. He worked for State Farm Insurance at New Hampton and Spencer, Iowa for several years as a claims adjuster. He was able to pursue his dreams of becoming a physician. He began his medical degree at Iowa State University. While attending school in Ames, Dr. Cole was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. In 1973, he received his medical degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. From 1973-1974 Garry completed a residency in Family Practice at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. He started his medical practice in New Hampton in 1974. Garry was united in marriage to Sally Sheehy on July 11, 1981 in Ottumwa, Iowa. The couple has made their home in New Hampton and Garry practiced medicine until 2015 when he retired due to health reasons. In 1989 Dr. Cole was awarded the degree of Fellow in the Academy of Family Physicians. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota, downhill skiing, golfing, boating and sailing, reading and vacation with family. He was a Iowa State sports fan and a Chickasaw baseball fan. Garry was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a Fellow in the Academy of Family Practice. He and Sally supported the Disabled American Veterans throughout the years, and in honor of Garry's memory and service to our nation, Sally will continue to remember them and their mission to serve the brave men and women who've sacrificed so much. Garry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sally of New Hampton, Iowa; daughter Cathy (Don) Kinder of Ankeny, Iowa; grandchildren Taryn Killian, Kara Miller, Jacob Cole, and Ryan Miller; two great-grandchildren Declyn Boring and Emersyn Boring; and brother David (Lilly) Cole of Loveland, Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Garryโ€™s sisters and brothers-in-law held a special place in his heart โ€“ Jeanne Sheehy, John and Mary Jo Schmitt and Fred and Pat Nelson. Garry is preceded in death by his parents Aaron and Louise Cole; twin brother Larry Cole; son Jeff and infant son Michael; and former wife Cynthia.

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  1. Dear Sally and family, Dave and I send you our sympathy. We will cherish our memories of Garry. We enjoyed eating breakfast after church with both of you and Garry in his quiet manner was so pleasant to visit with. Many fond memories will remain with all who knew him.

  2. Dearest Sally and family, Sincerest sympathies to you. We have lost a very special friend. God bless. Love ‘n hugs. Wayne & Pat arnold

  3. Garry was a kind and compassionate doctor. Always enjoyed visiting with him. Deepest sympathy to Garry’s family.

  4. Hugs to you Sally, our heart is broken ๐Ÿ’” we have lost a very special friend we send our love to you โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ’œโœ๏ธ

  5. My deepest sympathy to you, Sally and ur family. I have wonderful memories working with Dr. Cole, I still miss the sound of his heel clips. ๐Ÿ™‚ If u need a shoulder Sally I’m here for u girlfriend. God is holding Garry in His arms.

  6. My sympathy to Sally and Dr. Cole’s family. I am so grateful to him for saving my dad’s life many years ago as he ran down the street from the clinic when my dad caught his leg in a snowblower and lost most of his blood. God bless him, and may he rest in peace.

  7. Oh Sally, I am so very sorry! He was such a loving, caring man. May he rest in eternal peace.๐Ÿ™

  8. Sally and family, We extend our deepest condolences to all of you. When we would see each other, sports was the big discussion and WE always cheered for IOWA STATE! You will be missed by many. Keep cheering for the CYCLONES and know you will have a special fan along with you. Rest In Peace Garry.

  9. Sally and Family,Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.Gary was such a special person,He was a great Doctor for me for many years,He will be missed by so many people,Tom and Marian Gebel

  10. Sally you have my deepest sympathy. I will always remember him when I had my daughter. He was the one who delivered her. He was a great dr. Prayers!

  11. Sally,l am very sorry for your loss. He was always so pleasant to talk to. Always had a smile and a kind word. He will be missed.

  12. So happy that I had the pleasure of working with a kind and compassionate physician. I will remember his humor and the many times he mentored the staff. He called many of us โ€œTiger โ€œ . My deepest sympathy to Sally and the entire family!

  13. So sorry, Sally. My sympathy and prayers to you and Garry’s family. I always enjoyed visiting with Garry. He will be missed by many in the community. May he rest in peace.

  14. Best doctor ever… Thoughts and Prayers are with your family and friends..๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ

  15. Dear Sally….We are sending love and sympathy to you and all of Garryโ€™s family. He will be missed by many, especially his classmates of OHS Class of 1954! God Bless…Lowell & Mary Smith

  16. Our condolences to you and Dr. Coleโ€™s family. May God comfort you during this very difficult time. Jan and Lance Manson

  17. Our sincere sympathy to Dr. Cole’s family for your loss. Dr. Cole was my doctor for many years and he was the very best. He had a wonderful bedside manner and always made me feel comfortable conversing with him as a patient. He will be greatly missed. Donnie and Delores Knutson

  18. So sorry to hear of Cole passing. You all have my sympathy! I have enjoyed every visit I have ever had with him. May he Rest in Peace

  19. So sorry, Sally and families. Our sincere sympathies for your loss. Dr. Cole was a kind and compassionate physician. It was an honor to be his first office nurse at Medical Associates. He was great to work with there and at the hospital.

  20. Dr. Cole was our family doctor when we moved to New Hampton in 1979. He always took time to listen to our concerns and answer questions in an understandable and caring way. He was never in a rush to dismiss us and move on to the next patient. His good sense of humor was greatly appreciated and enjoyed over the years. We are saddened to learn of his passing. Dr. Cole was a superb doctor and person. Our sympathy is extended to the family. J.C., Claudia, Sean and Mark Herman.

  21. He was a great guy and a wonderful Dr. May his memories console you today. Our prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  22. Sally and family…our deepest condolences on the loss of Garry. What a great man he was. I will never forget every time I would see him as my doctor or as a friend, he always greeted me with “How’s my tiger?” I will treasure our friendship and many conversations through the years. I know Tom always enjoyed visiting with Garry too. My heart breaks for you Sally. You are in our thoughts and prayers. HUGS!!

  23. Dear Sally, I was sad to see notice of Garry passing last week. Please give our regards to your family, and we’ll pray for you all. Sincerely,

  24. Sally: Doctor Cole was a person who deeply cared for the wellbeing of his patients . He would take time to listen and he respected everyone. Ms. Betty Denner as Charge Nurse and Doctor Cole took care of the whole house with expertise! May he rest in peace.

  25. Sally and Cathy, I am so saddened to hear of Garry’s passing. He was always a very close friend with my father and held a very special place in everyone’s heart. My sincere sympathy to you at this challenging time.

  26. Dear Sally and all of the Cole family, We were so saddened to hear of your loss. You are all in our many thoughts and prayers. May your many fond memories bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Dean and Judy Knoll

  27. Garry was a valued partner & colleague for many years. He was very personable & enjoyed by staff & patients alike. Our sincere sympathy to Sally , family, & friends. Dr. Richard & Brita Reams

  28. Sally & Cathy, Nothing but good memories of Dr. Cole. Pray for comfort and strength during this difficult time.

  29. There was never a doubt who always had his patient’s best interest at heart. Dr. Cole will always be remembered for his kindness, smooth chuckle and for keeping my grandma, “the tiger” with us longer. Sympathy to your family.

  30. When twins were 4. I took both of them to Doc Cole to have some warts removed and they both crawled under his exam table and he crawled under to get them out. Neat Doc.

  31. So sorry to hear of Dr. Cole’s death. Worked for a brief time at the clinic. He was such a great doctor & very patient with me as I had never worked at a clinic before. Will keep his family in my prayers.

  32. Dr. Cole was an amazing physician. I doctored with him for over 20 years! His care and genuine concern was always evident. I did grow to know him as Garry, and we often visited about life and hobbies and Trinity Lutheran, and faith-filled living. It was always lovely to see he and Sally together. They just seemed bonded and grounded and beautiful together. It makes me smile even now as I think about them. Garryโ€™s kindness and caring still lingers as a good memory in my life!

  33. There are so many fond memories. How fortunate I am to be able to say that.Holding you Sally and family in my thoughts and prayers. We are there in spirit.

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