Daryl Leroy Cole, age 70, of Elgin and formerly of Manchester, Iowa, passed away peacefully in his home on September 23, 2020. Daryl was born August 20, 1950 in Iowa City, IA to Harvey and Vera (Nelson) Cole.
Daryl was a factory worker, working first at EIP Manufacturing in Earlville, IA, then later at Henderson Products in Manchester, IA until he retired. He moved to Illinois in 2016 for health reasons.
In 1970, Daryl married Patricia Gray, and they had a beautiful daughter they named Shiela. Sadly, in 1972, Patricia and Shiela died in a car accident.
In 1975, Daryl married Diane Carpenter, and they had four children, Amy, Daryl, Ann, and Jamie. While they later divorced in 1984, they continued to work together to raise their children.
In 1989, Daryl married Christine Eschen, and together they raised her boys, Chad and Cory. In 2004, they adopted Lacey and Hunter. They later divorced in 2007.
Daryl had a unique, loving personality. Friends and family will remember him as a man who enjoyed making people laugh. He also liked people watching and good food, but his favorite pastime was hunting and fishing. He especially loved teaching his children and grandchildren how to hunt and fish.
When Daryl hunted, he would always try to beat the other hunters to the timber. When asked where he got his latest deer, it was always “in the timber.”
Daryl was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, first wife, Patricia Gray, second wife, Diane Carpenter; sister, Arlyn Cole; daughter, Shiela Cole; granddaughter, Harlee Stone; and nephew, Lee Prindle.
Daryl is survived by his children, Amy Stone (Fred), Daryl Cole (Amber), Ann Gonzalez (Antonio), Jamie Cole, Lacey Cole, and Hunter Cole; stepsons, Chad Eschen, Cory Eschen; sister, Delpha Ostrandr (Jamie); brother, Allen “Porkchop” (Fiorella) Cole; 13 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.
Interment will be private.
Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.