Jerry Roger Ketcham, son of Merrill Wilbur and Jessie Mae (Courtney) Ketcham, was born on August 5, 1944 at Hand Hospital in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away at the age of 73 on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Jerry grew up on the family farm, which was recently recognized as a Century Farm. He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1962 and was actively involved in Track and 4H. Following graduation, he attended Iowa State University for two years before joining the Nebraska Army National Guard from 1965 until 1971.
On February 5, 1966 he was united in marriage to Kathyrn Ann Hodges at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Shenandoah. They lived in Nebraska City for a brief period of time before moving to Shenandoah. In 1976, Jerry's parents retired from living on the family farm and moved into town. At that time, Jerry and Kathy moved to the farm with their two oldest daughters, where he farmed until 1998 and lived the remainder of his life.
Jerry worked for Hodges Construction from 1966 to 2000, when he started Ketcham Construction. Jerry celebrated his retirement on his 70th birthday. He was a member of the Elks Club, Izaak Walton League and Nishna Valley Christian Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, and target shooting with his grandkids, sons-in-law and friends. Jerry also enjoyed playing cards, golfing and spending time with family and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father Merrill, mother Jessie, infant sister Debra Kay, and father-in-law Kenneth "Jack" Hodges.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Kathy Ketcham of Shenandoah, and their four daughters; Kristi Murphy of Kansas City, Missouri, Nicki Oss (Todd) of Sioux City, Iowa, Dusti Dalton (Jeff) of Iowa City, Iowa and Mandi Meyer (Shawn) of Grain Valley, Missouri. Six grandchildren; Jordan and Skylar Murphy, Nolan Oss, Hayden, Ketcham and Holt Meyer, and great-grandson Brantley Baker. Brother Larry Ketcham (Nancy) of Hot Springs, Arkansas, sister Carol Ketcham of Omaha, Nebraska, and many other family and friends.
Celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 am, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at the Nishna Valley Christian Church in Shenandoah.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to The Shepherd's Gift (http://theshepherdsgift.org/) or the Nishna Valley Christian Church.
Burial will be held Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites.
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