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In Loving Memory

Cole, Gregory “Greg” Alan

Of Hillsboro, born on September 26, 1955  went to his eternal home in heaven on May 28, 2024. He passed peacefully in his home at the age of 68.  Greg was a wonderful Christian man that attended church at the First Free Will Baptist Church of DeSoto.  He had a heart as big as his personality and was loved by so many!  He was co-owner of Star Lumber Company in Imperial MO, working side by side with his dad and sisters until it closed it’s doors after 58 years in business.  Greg was a people person and was a friend to everyone he met.  He was very generous and one of the kindest men you could meet!  His passion was wood working, working outside, especially when it involved his tractor and most importantly, he loved spending time with his family and friends. He was born September 26, 1955.

Greg is survived by Diane, his wife of 30 years, his 5 children Heather (Shawn) Struckhoff of Pevely, Jason (Lori) Tosie of Festus, Kenneth Tosie of Hillsboro, Corey (Julie) Cole of Arnold, Kelly (Enrique) Flores of Imperial; 18 grandchildren and 1 grandson-in-law, 1 great-granddaughter; his 2 sisters  Cathy (Dave) Theiss and Janet (David) Schaub, 4 sisters and brothers-in-laws Patricia and Douglas Klein, Janet and James Milkovich, Marilyn and Tim Cox, and Franny and Mike Burger and numerous family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Juanita Cole and his mother and father-in-law, Jack and Gloria McKean.

Visitation will be held at Kutis South County Chapel, (5255 Lemay Ferry St. Louis, MO 63129), from 4PM until time of service at 7PM on Thursday June 6, 2024. Officiated by Brother Bob Thebeau.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society

Arrangements are under the direction of Kutis Funeral Homes, south St. Louis County.


12 thoughts on “Cole, Gregory “Greg” Alan”

  1. Greg has always been a fun-loving sweetheart of a guy and I liked him from the first time I met him. But after his GBM diagnosis I saw a gentleness in him that I’d not seen before and I grew to love this man that faced his mortality with such strength and faith.
    I remember the last words he said to me as we sat on the back porch of his farm house … “it’s all gonna be all right”.

  2. Our brother never met a stranger ..
    He. never passed anyone that needed
    help.. The Lord has Greg in his care and is now cancer free and living in a world of no pain. We will always miss him but know he is in a better place.

  3. My sincere condolences for your loss. May the love and peace of God surround you as time goes on. I pray for comfort during those lonely times and the lifetime of happy memories will fill those spaces. Rest assured in the promise of new life in Jesus . “Pain may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

  4. I only met Greg and his wife about a year ago, but he was the kind of man that you wished you could be like. Greg was definitely a special child of God and heaven sure welcomed a special Angel today. Please accept my condolences and thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

  5. Greg modeled dying with dignity. From the time of his diagnosis to his last breath, he expressed love for his family and friends. Rather than ask “why me?” He approached this dreadful disease with faith that one way or another, it would be alright. He kept trying even to the end. And he daily expressed gratitude to Diane for her loving care.

  6. I have known Greg since we were kids and our families went to church together. Who knew he would wind up marrying one of my dear friends. They were great together and both of their positive attitudes have been inspiring. He has left a wonderful legacy of a beautiful family and great friends who will always remember him and smile.

  7. Diane & to the entire family, Craig & I are sorry to hear about Greg.
    Many happy times he gave so many.
    A loss to this world, a blessing now in heaven.
    You’re in our thoughts & prayers.

  8. Greg was a great friend and always smiling . Have many family memories.
    You will be missed Greg.

    My deepest condolences to your family.


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