Irvin Cole Jr.

Irvin Wallace Cole, Jr. (Pinky), 86, of Alvin and Canyon Lake, Texas, passed away December 22, 2022, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.  Irvin was born July 4, 1936 in Houston, Texas to Evelyn and Irvin Cole, Sr.  Soon after the family moved to Santa Fe, Texas.  Attended school in Santa Fe where in high school he excelled in track and football.  Upon graduating in 1955, he went to work for Monsanto Chemical and in 1956 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps serving his country and after his return, married the love of his life, Joyce Ruhmann.  He was hired and worked as maintenance supervisor for Monsanto/Sterling for 40 years. Upon retirement, Irvin and Joyce moved from Alvin to Canyon Lake, Texas, where they settled down playing many days of golf, and enjoying new friends.  Irvin and Joyce owned a hunting ranch outside of Leakey, Texas where he spent many days hunting, cooking, and enjoying the beautiful scenery. They were members of Alvin Lutheran Church and St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Canyon Lake for many years.  He will be remembered as a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Laurie Sue Cole.  He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 63 years Joyce Cole; sons Duane Cole and wife Rhonda, and Glenn Cole; brothers Donald Wayne Cole, and Kenneth Ray Cole and wife Glo Ann Cole; grandchildren Taylor Cole, Madison Chollett and husband Zac, Keaton Cole and wife Lindsay, and Carter Cole; great-grandchildren Ty Cole, Hayes Cole, Jack Cole, Ella Cole, Alsey Chollett, and Murphy Chollett; and numerous other family members and friends.

The family will be receiving friends 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, December 28, 2022, with funeral services following at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Crowder Funeral Home Dickinson.  Committal service will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, December 29, 2022, at Hill Country Memorial Garden, New Braunfels.


  1. The Hobby family and all the Hillcrest boys will remember all of the fun times with all of our families on and off the Golf course! Mr Cole was always a lot of fun and we will be remembering Duane, Glenn and Joyce in our prayers this Christmas and the days to come.
    God Bless You all,

    Tim Hobby
  2. My love and prayers to all the Cole family. Pinky was truly a man of caring and sharing. Loved his sense of humor, his ability to always make someone be happy, and his joy of being with his many friends and his family. God’s peace and comfort to his many friends and family. We thank God for our walk with Pinky on this earthly journey and hold on to the promise that we shall be reunited with him and our loved ones.

    Nita Eckert
  3. Joyce so sorry for your lost Irvin is in peace now he don’t have suffer anymore my prayers go out to you and family God Bless.

    Peggy Springer
  4. We will miss you, Pinky, but see you again in Heaven some day! We sure loved living next door to you and Joyce. I hope you get Banana Pudding and Country Western music up there.

    Chris and Sandy Loflin

    Chris and Sandy Loflin
  5. My dear friend Joyce, so sorry you lost your beloved Pinky. Pinky always made me laugh, never saw him with out a smile. Gave me lots of good golf pointers. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    Your choir buddy,
    Vicki Lee

  6. What an honor to of been able to call u a friend. You will be missed greatly.

    Dean & Trish Schroeder
  7. Dearest Joyce,

    Bill and I are so sorry for your loss. Pinky was always so very kind and friendly, and funny. He loved everyone, and everyone loved him. His loss leaves an empty space
    in many hearts.

    We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.

    Kathy and Bill

    Kathy Hunt
  8. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to Duane, Glenn, Mrs. Cole and the entire Cole clan.

    Randy Williams
  9. We had so many fun times during those Monsanto/Sterling years with you and Pinky. Good memories! The Lord will definitely be using Pinky’s “people” talents. Thinking of you and your family. Love, Gene and Jean King

    Gene King
  10. Prayers of comfort for all of the Cole family as Pinky moves to a better place. His fun-loving ways always put a smile on all of our faces. Cherish all the wonderful memories he created with his extended family and friends.
    Michael and Kathy Poehl

    Michael E. Poehl
  11. Deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one, Mr Cole.

    Judy Gilder
  12. God has taken another good soul.

    We are never ready to say goodbye forever, even though we know it is a part of life. On this day, all our hearts are heavy for losing someone so special, but we also celebrate his life as we mourn his death. Rest in peace Uncle Irvin – see you in heaven. You will be truly missed by all.

    Christina Cole Bage/Lisa Cole Clemons/James Cole
  13. Joyce and Cole Family
    So sorry for your loss, Pinky and I had a lot of fun and great times at Twin lakes Golf course in LaMarque. Great guy.
    Jim Fonte

    jim fonte
  14. Joyce, so sorry to hear . May God comfort and strengthen you and family- Phil Bird

    Phil Bird
  15. So sorry to learn of your loss. Pinky was certainly a great person and shared a love of golf. Be comforted in the knowledge that he is in a better place. May the days ahead be filled with pleasant memories of the good times.

    Lige Bailey
  16. Joyce, so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Hal Yeich
  17. Joyce,I just found out about Irvin. Honey I’m so sorry.He was one of the sweetest people I ever met.You two were so sweet together. My prayers are with you and all of your family. Sincerely Bert Chesshir Morgan.

    Bert Chesshir Morgan

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