Howard 'Peanut' Collett was born March 5, 1923 in Elkins, West Virginia, a son of Thomas J. and Dollie (Schoonover) Collett. Mr. Collett is a graduate of Elkins High School and Davis Elkins College. In 1949, he was listed in "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities." Mr. Collett was a veteran of World War II, having served in Europe with Company A. 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division. Mr. Collett served in Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He received the following decorations: EAME Theater Ribbon, Three Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal, the France Fourrage of the Croix De Geurre, and the Belgium Fourrage. Mr. Collett was a member of the Masonic Lodge #1, F & AM. After the war, he was united in marriage to Geraldine Smokey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Smokey of Gardnerville, Nevada, September 5, 1954. There were two children born to them; Howard Fultz Collett and Joann Lynn (Collett) Reymus. There are three grandchildren: Vincent Reymus of Sutcliffe, NV, Tasheena Mix of Carson City, NV, and Taleah Reymus of Sparks, NV. Mr. Collett was preceded in death by the following brothers and sisters: Alby W. Collett, Albert J. Collett, and Willard E. Collett (Willard was killed in World War II, July 15, 1945); two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Lunsford (Ollie) and Mrs. Frank Carter (Irene). Mr. Collett's last employment was Civil Service, working for the United States Army as a Guidance Counselor. While working for the Army, he had a 3 year tour of duty in Heilbronn, Germany from August 1981 to November 20, 1984. He was a former employee of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Stewart Indian School for 16 ¦ years. He retired May 31, 1986. Mr. Collett has been a resident of Carson City, Nevada since 1951. A visitation will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm at Walton's Chapel of the Valley in Carson City. Burial with military honors will follow in Lone Mountain Cemetery.
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