May 2, 2017
Jerry L. Collette, age 73, of Marysville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Memorial Hospital. An educator for 31 years, he retired from the Marysville school system where he served his entire career as teacher, principal and coach. A 1962 graduate of Rockwood High School in Rockwood, Tennessee, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Berea College, Berea, Kentucky in 1967. He was hired as an Edgewood Elementary teacher the same year by Supt. LeRoy Williams. His classroom career included social studies, physical education, mathematics and computer technology. After receiving a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton, he served as principal at East Elementary from 1976 to 1986. His coaching career included football, basketball, track and golf. He also served as the middle school athletic director for several years. For six years, he was the head track and field coach at MHS where the Monarchs won the league track title in 1973. He was recognized by his peers and high schools as one of the best track coaches in Ohio. Known for his exceptional organizational capabilities, he was instrumental in developing numerous athletic projects and events, including the Denny Miller Relays, the junior high track and field relays, the middle school hoop tournament, middle school golf tournament, the MHS Christmas wrestling tournament and the new Monarch football stadium in 1973. He was the clock operator for Monarch football for more than 25 years and was announcer for home high school basketball games and wrestling tournaments. As a referee, he traveled the regional circuit for junior varsity basketball games. Following his retirement in 1997, he continued to work for the Marysville schools as a staff computer trainer and received the system’s “Good Apple” award in 1998. He also became an adjunct professor at Ashland University in computer training. An avid golfer and “hole-in-one” achiever, he was a part-time employee for ten years at Liberty Hills Golf Course in Bellefontaine. In 2016, he was named as the first Honorary Inductee to the Marysville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a cornerstone is developing the Hall of Fame many years ago. His civic involvement included the Union County Health Department Advisory Board, the Union County YMCA Board and Memorial Hospital Wellness Center volunteer. Aside from golfing, his hobbies included reading and spending time at Hilton Head with the love of his life, Mary. He will mostly be remembered as a dedicated educator and friend of “many hats” who devoted his life to making everyone else’s life easier. He was born March 18, 1944 in Rockwood, Tennessee to the late Howard B. and Marjory Dickson Collette. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Annette Park; three nephews, Gregory Collette, Steve Slone and Richard Price; a brother-in-law, Doug Turner; a sister-in-law, Barbara Turner; and his mother-in-law, Dolly Turner. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Mary L. Turner Collette, whom he married April 9, 1966 in London, Ohio; a brother, Dick (Rebecca) Collette of Sweetwater, Tennessee; three sisters-in-law, Nicky (Bill) Triplett of Garner, Kentucky, Brenda (Wallace) Cook of St. James City, Florida and Sandra Turner of Wayland, Kentucky; three brothers-in-law, Jim (Sharon) Turner of Hueysville, Kentucky, Gary Chaffins of Lexington, Kentucky and Steve Turner of Garrett, Kentucky; nieces and nephews, Susie Price, Kathy Slone, Robert (Sheila) Turner, Melissa (Dan) Combs, Michael (Debbie) Cook; four great nephews, Skyler, Dylan, Jared and Matthew; and many loving friends. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends 12 noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Jay Groat will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame or Memorial Hospital Wellness Center. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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