Rev. Robert's Story
The Reverend Robert W. "Bob" Collette Sr., 81, went to be with our Lord on Dec 17, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he & his wife, Louise resided. Born on Oct. 19, 1936, in Piedmont, W.Va., he grew up in Westernport, Md. and surrounding areas. Bob joined the Navy soon after in 1954 and served 3 ½ years as Yeoman to the Admiral on the USS CORAL SEA aircraft carrier on the Pacific Ocean. Bob entered Zion Bible Institute with the love of his life, fiancé', Louise Kyle, graduating together in 1959. He was the class president and after graduation they married on July 9, 1960. They would immediately enter ministry with the Assemblies of God, Potomac District Council. Bob took Pastorate of his 1st church in LeMont, Va., on the eastern shore. Reverend Collette continued in the ministry for 57 years. Reverend Collette pastored 7 places of worship, including the development and construction of 2 new churches. His Life's work on earth is complete, but will continue in Faith for years to eternity.
Bob was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, pastor, friend, and volunteer in the community. Aside from his passion for winning souls to Christ and full-time ministerial commitments, Reverend Collette was a musician, humanitarian and avid sports enthusiast. He supported and attended many local high school and college events. Bob was an accomplished athlete himself; aka "Comet Collette" playing in the 1954 W.Va. High School State Championship game.
Pastor Collette is survived by his wife, Louise Collette. 3 children; Gail Peterson & husband Dean, Robert Collette Jr. & wife Tammy, Sandie Slider & husband Don. 8 Grandchildren; Chris & Becky Peterson, Sean Collette & fiancé Kathryn Huber, Chantel Wharton & husband Dustin, Caleb Collette, Alexis Slider, Matison Slider, Brock Slider; 2 great-grandchildren, Duke Wharton, Donovan Keifer.
A celebration memorial and dinner will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, 2 p.m. at Central Assembly of God church, 2020 Bedford Street, Cumberland, Md. All who wish to celebrate Pastor Collette's life and ministry are welcome to attend. The Reverend Collette asked for this celebration of life as his way of saying goodbye and expressing his love for you from heaven above.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made through gofundme.com; and search for: Robert W. Collette benevolence. Funds will be used to establish a memorial scholarship at Zion Bible Institute, currently known as Northpoint Bible College in Havershill, Mass., and help offset medical expenses and surviving spousal support
Published on December 20, 2017