Rellon G. Cole, 92
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SOUTH PORTLAND -- Rellon G. Cole, 92, of South Portland, a retired funeral director, died on Feb. 12, 2013, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.
He was born in Presque Isle on June 21, 1920, the son of Percy W. and Charlotte (Eastman) Cole. He was a 1939 graduate of Ricker Classical Institute in Houlton. In 1941 he received his funeral directors license.
Rellon served as a Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class with the Navy during World War II in Guam and Iwo Jima. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal by the 3rd Marine Division while on Iwo Jima.
Following the war, Rellon returned to school graduating from The Renouard Training School for Embalmers in New York City in 1947. He successfully passed his State Board Examination and received his Embalming License the following year.
Rellon worked for the Jordan Marsh Department Store, retiring after 17 years of service. For 13 years he was involved in showing his Saddlebreds. The highlight of his showing was at the Coliseum in West Springfield, Mass. He was a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Museum of Lexington, Ky.
Rellon served as Commander of the Chester L. Briggs Post # 47 American Legion in Houlton from 1947-48. He was a life member of the Maine Funeral Directors Association and the Portland Elks Lodge BPOE # 188. He was a member of South Portland VFW Post # 832 and a former member of the Nonsuch River Golf Club.
Rellon was predeceased by his sister, Athlyn Hogue. Survivors include his beloved wife Phyllis of South Portland; several nieces and nephews; and the Peabody- Harrington triplets, Jimmy, Danny and Laura.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Holy Cross Church, corner of Broadway and Cottage Road, South Portland. Interment will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta. Arrangements are being handled by Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Online condolences may be sent to: www.ctcrawford.com.
Those desiring may make donations in his memory to:
Boys and Girls Club
of South Portland
South Portland, Maine 04105
Rellon G. Cole
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram from February 14 to February 15, 2013