Fallen soldier returns home to Lancaster

LANCASTER, Ohio (WCMH) — The body of fallen soldier Joseph Collette arrived in Ohio Wednesday morning, returning to his hometown of Lancaster ahead of the funeral Friday.

29-year-old Collette was killed during a mission in Afghanistan in March. His body arrived at Rickenbacker International Airport Wednesday morning and the procession made their way to Lancaster. 

Collette graduated from Lancaster High School in 2007.

He served as an EOD technician in the Army and was in 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 62nd Ordnance Company, 71st Ordnance Group stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO.  

Collette enjoyed running, snowboarding, Pokémon, gaming, and 4-wheeling.

He almost went professional in paintball and had a passion for cooking and loved spending time with his family and friends. 

“All who knew Joseph will greatly miss his amazing personality, sense of humor, and his love for life.”

He is survived by his perfect soul mate and wife, Caela Collette; children, Blair and Cody Collette; step-children, Lena and Aria Scott; 

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