Cole Epple

Cole Joseph Epple

Sunday, June 28th, 1992 - Monday, February 15th, 2021
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Cole Joseph Epple, age 28 years, of Columbia, Mo., passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at his home.

Cole was born on June 28, 1992 in Jefferson City, Mo., a son of Kenneth Joseph and Darla Kay (Gilmore) Epple.

A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, Cole attended Immaculate Conception School where his foundation of strong faith and Christian values began. He was a 2011 graduate of Jefferson City High School where he was a solid student, played soccer, and medaled in the State Championship for wrestling his first year. After graduation, Cole attended Linn State Technical College where he graduated with his degree in Telecommunication.

Cole was employed with Socket Internet in Columbia, Mo., where he installed fiber optics all throughout Central Missouri. He was close with his coworkers and would always go out of his way to help anyone in need.

Cole had a passion for music and spent a lot of his free time searching for new bands to listen to and refining his record collection. He recently became part of a punk band as the lead singer. He was able to express himself through music, and he even began creating and writing his own lyrics. Cole was adventurous and liked traveling to different skate spots and music festivals, one of his favorite being in Philadelphia. He’s traveled to countless places and in October, he hiked to the top of Quandary Peak in Breckenridge, Colorado with his brother Jesse, who he thought of as a best friend. He had a love for the outdoors. Some of his favorite memories were going deer and turkey hunting with his dad. In September, he participated in his first bow hunt, where he got his first deer on the first day. “One and done” was what he said about his hunt that weekend. Cole also enjoyed going trout fishing in Bennett Springs. When he wasn’t hunting or fishing, he was riding his skateboard with Jesse and their close-knit group of friends. With all of the adventures and journeys he took, he never failed to document and take pictures and videos the whole way. Cole also had a love for horror and western films and anime. He could always give plenty of recommendations for movies, television shows, and YouTube videos along with telling you the backstory and fun facts about each. Cole and Jesse lived together in Columbia and bonded over just about everything, including their love of movie nights, barbecues with their friends, Skate 3, and giant bowls of ice cream.

Cole was a friend to many and loved by everyone who met him. He had a great sense of humor, was happy-go-lucky, and a free spirit who never minded marching to the beat of his own drum. Daily, he showed strength, determination, and a love for life. Cole will be most remembered for his beautiful smile, heart of gold, charismatic personality, impeccable style, and striking blue eyes, as well as his unmatched patience and care for the friends and family he was surrounded by. He will be greatly missed by many.

Survivors include: his parents, Ken and Darla of Jefferson City, Mo; his brother and best-friend, Jesse Epple (girlfriend, Corin Cesaric) of Columbia, Mo; maternal grandmother, Betty Gilmore of Jefferson City, Mo; paternal grandmother, Elsie Epple of Jefferson City, Mo; his godparents and aunt and uncle, Lisa Tharp (husband, Tim) of Jefferson City, Mo; aunt, Pam Bowman (husband, Chuck) of Columbia, Mo; uncles, Jim Epple, of Jefferson City, Mo., and Kevin Gilmore (wife, Jonna) of Jefferson City, Mo; and his cousins, Lily Tharp, George Tharp, Alex Tharp, Justin Gilmore (Haley), Paige Colbert (Danny), Kevin Cochran (Katia), and Eric Cochran (Kristina).

Cole was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Karl Gilmore and paternal grandfather, Orval “Ep” Epple.

Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2021 with a prayer service held at 3:15 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel immediately before his visitation.

Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Church with the Reverend Don Antweiler officiating. Graveside services and entombment will be held at the Mausoleum of Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

A webcast of Cole’s service will be available at 10:00 a.m. Saturday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Immaculate Conception Catholic School, 1208 East McCarty Street, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, February 19th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Freeman Mortuary
    915 Madison Street
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    A prayer service held immediately before his visitation at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the Freeman Chapel.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Church
    1206 East McCarty Street
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    A webcast of Cole’s service will be available at 10:00 a.m. Saturday for friends that are not able to attend by going to the "photos and videos" tab of this page and scrolling down to the webcasting link.
  • Interment

    Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
    4205 Horner Road
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Perry Forbis

Posted at 05:31pm
Kenny and Family, again I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your son Cole. I will keep you and the family in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. God Bless.

Mike Bass

Posted at 07:14am
Darla, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Peace be with you all.

David Meyer

Posted at 12:21pm
Darla and the entire family. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
David & LeAnn Meyer

Mackenzie Walker

Posted at 09:00am
Cole used to sneak out to come hang out in my dad's basement when we were in middle school. The adrenaline highof breaking the rules was something we both found so fun at the time. The best part is all we ever did was eat chocolate chip mini muffins and quietly laugh at things we found on the internet. We remained distant friends beyond that time, and I was always happy to see him when I did. He was one of a kind; simultaneously so relatable and down to earth while also so unique that he was impossible to forget. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. I hope that everyone missing him will find ways to see how his life and his spirit continue to touch them even though he's physically no longer with us.

Amanda Varner

Posted at 08:19am
Much love to Jesse and his family. Cole was such a caring & loving person. He was no one other than himself and he will be missed by so many.

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