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Richard Hastings Collette

August 06, 1932 ~ June 16, 2023

Richard Hastings Collette, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on June 16, 2023, in Vero Beach, Florida, at the age of 90. He was born on August 6, 1932, in Ravenna, Ohio. Richard served in the US Coast Guard for four years as an electrician before joining Oak Rubber Company in Ravenna as an owner-manager for 22 years. In 1979, he moved to Vero Beach, where he worked in real estate for 22 years.

Richard was an active member of various organizations throughout his life, including the Ravenna Jaycees, Kent State University Foundation, Portage County United Way, Exchange Club of Vero Beach, Realtors Association of Vero Beach, and the Chamber of Commerce. He also served as President and Board Member of the Lake in the Woods Community of Vero Beach. Richard’s dedication to his community was matched only by his devotion to his family.

He was married to Jeanne Collette for forty-nine years, and after her passing, Richard found love again and was married to Boots Collette for eleven years. He is survived by his three children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved deeply and influenced profoundly.

Richard Hastings Collette will be remembered for his integrity, dedication, and compassion. His commitment to service, both in the military and his community, exemplified his character. Richard’s love for his family was unwavering and he loved sharing his passion for swimming and boating with them. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, generosity, solid family values as well as an example of what true leadership exemplified.


Richard Collette

June 21, 2023, 1:02 pm

A memorial service will be held on July 23, 2023, at 11:00 AM at
Discovery Village Vero Beach.

Thomas Hartman

June 28, 2023, 10:02 am

Rick and family,

Karen and I offer our deepest sympathies on the loss of Dick. I enjoyed the many conversations with Dick and his suffering has now ended. He left a profound impression on me and we will miss him and his many unique perspectives on life, politics, business. He was a very good man and he will be missed by all that he interacted with.

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