Cole Hiestand, 10

Cole L. Hiestand, 10, of rural Wapakoneta, died at 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, following a courageous 15-month battle with aplastic anemia.
He was born Sept. 9, 2000, in Lima, the son of Carrie (Bowman) and Jonathan Hiestand, who survive in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are a brother, Deakin Hiestand, at home; paternal grandparents, Cathy and Tom Hiestand, of Elida, maternal grandparents, Linda and Garry Bowman, of Wapakoneta; paternal great-grandmother, Margaret Close, of Castalia; an uncle, Chet Bowman; an aunt and uncle, Heather and Jim Clay; and 11 cousins.
Cole was a fifth-grader at the Wapakoneta Middle School, and had attended Cridersville Elementary School. He was a member of the Cridersville Cub Scouts. He enjoyed just being a boy, playing baseball, climbing trees, fishing, camping, riding four-wheelers, and his pet dogs.
A private graveside service will be in the Buckland Cemetery, with the Rev. Tom Shobe officiating.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Contributions may be directed to the Dragonfly Foundation through the funeral home or at
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