Cye (Ceylon) Coller

August 1924
April 2023


Our dad, Pastor Cye Coller, arrived HOME with the Lord at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29th. He has experienced no disease or suffering except for developing dementia and Alzheimer's gradually over the past couple of years. He has lived with Annette and Duane since mom passed in 2012 until April 7th, when he was admitted to Rock Creek Care Center in Auburn as a guest of the VA. We are thankful he had the additional care and medical attention he needed during his last days. He was admitted to the hospital just three weeks later on Friday the 27th for treatment of possible pneumonia. I was with him in the hospital at 8:30 Friday evening where I shared his favorite passage of Scripture (1 Peter 1, vs 3-9), told him he was very much loved, and that I was quite sure he would get to see Jesus real soon. I couldn’t tell whether he comprehended my presence, and wasn't surprised to get the call six hours later that he was gone. We did know that he indeed was seeing Jesus then! Dad was a WW2 veteran who served the Army Air Corp in the European theater. More bio information about that follows this preamble. Shortly after the war Dad became acquainted with a man who invited him to attend some meetings at his church. Dad heard the message of God’s love and salvation and put his trust in Jesus as his Savior. He then decided to attend Nyack Missionary College and train for the ministry. That is where he met my mom, Pearl. They graduated, married, and moved to Iowa where they began what was a lifetime of pastoral ministry in churches in Iowa, Montana, and Pennsylvania. My folks loved God, each other, their family, and everyone whom God brought into their lives. They were both marvelous examples of what Scriptures say our lives should be as we follow Jesus. My sister and I both came to know Christ very early in life. and inspired by their example along with our own experience with Christ, we have lived our lives in pastoral and related ministries. Right up to the end of his life Dad was always reading the Scriptures, and his sermons had always been filled with it. His favorite passage was 1 Peter 1: 3-9, and he often quoted it to others as a message that could have a transforming effect if they grasped its significance. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though...

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Cye is survived by his daughter Jan Snyder and son Duane Coller and their families.

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