Body of Lancaster soldier killed in Afghanistan returned home

Body of Lancaster soldier killed in Afghanistan returned home
Thousands line streets to pay respect to fallen soldiers

The body of a 29-year-old Lancaster soldier who died in combat in Afghanistan has returned to his hometown.

A military plane carrying Army Spc. Joseph P. Collette's body arrived Wednesday morning at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus. From there, a memorial motorcade proceeded to Lancaster.

The U.S. Department of Defense says Collette died March 22 of injuries received from enemy fire during a combat mission in Afghanistan's Kunduz province. He was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group, based in Fort Carson, Colorado.

Collette was a graduate of Lancaster High School in 2007. He was deployed to Afghanistan on December 27, 2018.

The funeral service will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. at Faith Memorial Church. Military honors will take place following the service at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Calling hours are set for Thursday at the church from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

Donations can be made to Caela Collette 925 Candlestar Loop N. Fountain, Colorado 80817. Online condolences can be made at

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