Robert Paul Jette

Jette, Robert Paul Robert Paul Jette, age 84, passed away peacefully at his home on May 25, 2020. A private funeral service will be held. Please join us on the church facebook for a live stream of Robert's funeral service on Saturday, June 6th at 11:00 AM on Prior to the private family service, a public drive through visitation will be held from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM at the Immanuel United Methodist Church parking lot at 10025 Brockton Lane North (County Road 101) Corcoran Minnesota. Robert was the first of four children born to Florence and Leo Jette in Tracy, Minnesota on June 19, 1935. He graduated from Tracy High school. As a young 19 year old, he was called to serve his country as an army tank driver in the Korean War from 1954-1956. While stationed overseas, he played baseball and basketball in Tokyo Japan with boots on the ground and a catcher's mitt in his hand. After two years he returned home to attend college at Mankato State University where he received his Bachelor's degree and Master of Science degree in Elementary Education and Elementary Administration. While at Mankato State University, he met his college sweetheart and future wife, Janet Hallberg. They were married in 1959 and blessed with two daughters - Pam and Pat. Robert served as a 6th grade teacher in Le Sueur and Wayzata, and a Phy-ed teacher & Elementary Principal in Nicollet before settling down in Madison, Minnesota. In Madison, he served the community as Elementary Principal, Community Education and Recreation Director, and Mayor over the course of 30 years. As Community Education and Recreation Director, he coordinated activities for adults, senior citizens, and school age children. Robert aspired to provide a well-balanced and complete education for all of the children at Madison Elementary School including the gifted and handicapped. He was particularly proud of the Right to Read program. Robert's passions were umpiring baseball, refereeing basketball games, owning a 40-acre hobby farm south of Madison, spending time at his lake home on Lake Sarah in southern Minnesota 20 miles from where he grew up, serving on the Lac Qui Parle County fair board, collecting hats and being a thoroughbred race horse owner for 45 years. Upon retirement, Robert and Janet moved to Maple Grove to embrace the cherished role of being grandparents to grandchildren Kim, Cory and Abby. Additionally, Robert and Janet enjoyed cruises, traveling and wintering in Florida. Robert is survived by his wife, Janet Jette; his daughter, Pat (Al) Giese; granddaughter, Kim Bryant; grandson, Cory (Loren) Hinz; granddaughter, Abby (Jay) Hinz; great- granddaughter, Ophelia Blodgett Hinz; son-in-law, Jack Hinz; brother, Curtis (Pat) Jette; and sister, Judy Betzold. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pam Jette; parents, Florence and Leo Jette; and sister, Nadine Jette Sween. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Immanuel United Methodist Church Corcoran or Madison Baseball Project Fund. Hillside Chapel 612-781-1999