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Robert William "Bob" Ketron, Sr., 77, passed away Monday, June 22, at Reid Hospital.
Born January 2, 1932 on Wallace Road, he was the son of P. Benton and Nannie E. Powell Ketron. Bob graduated Whitewater High School in 1950 and went to work at Johns-Manville. He served in the US Navy from April 1951 to April 1955. He married the former Janet "Jane" Linde in Massachusetts on April 9, 1955 before returning home to Indiana.
Mr. Ketron retired from Johns-Manville after 41 years of service. He was a member of the Whitewater Christian Church; Past Master of Whitewater Masonic Lodge #159; and a member of Chapter #552, Order of Eastern Star. In retirement, he stayed busy going to auctions, hunting, riding his tractor, piddling around his home and watching golf. He also worked part-time driving for Safeway and Covenant Auto Sales.
Mr. Ketron will be missed by his wife of 54 years, Jane; his daughter, Kim Lacey, Richmond; 3 sons, Robert William "Bill" Ketron, Jr., Sweetwater, TN; Kevin Ketron and his wife, Lynn, Utica, NY; and David Ketron, Richmond; 9 grandchildren, Craig Ketron, Kayla Ketron, Benton Ketron, Katherine Ketron, Kami Ketron, Kourtney Ketron, Kristian Ketron, Dustin Lacey, Zachary Lacey; 4 great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Ketron, Kelley Ketron, Kain Ketron and Trinity Rae; 3 step-grandchildren, Cher, Michael and Gregory; 1 sister, Carol Williams and her husband, Les, Whitewater; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ketron was preceded in death by his parents, 1 sister, Ruby Thompson and 2 brothers, Frank and Walter Ketron.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Max Knight at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 26, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Whitewater Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Wayne County Honor Guard.
Family and friends may gather for visitation at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25. A Masonic memorial ceremony will be conducted at 7:45 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Whitewater Christian Church, 7918 State Road 227 North, Richmond, Indiana 47374.
I remember meeting Bob with my late Uncle Frank Ketron who was married to our beloved Frances Masters Ketron. Bob was always friendly and courteous to me and we shared thoughts about the Masonic Lodge. My sincere sympathy.
Wesley W. Masters Jul 1 2009 12:00 AM
Bill and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be praying for you all during this time of grief and sadness. I'm sorry not to be able to offer my sympathies in person.
Mary Ann (Williams) Randolph Jun 25 2009 12:00 AM
To the Ketron Family:
I am so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a sweet and wonderful man. I will miss his smile, as he wore one every time he came thru my door at work. I will never forget him bringing my parent's anniversary announcement from the newspaper because he couldnt get over how much my mom and I look alike! He was so very thoughtful. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie Vanwinkle Jun 24 2009 12:00 AM
I am saddened to hear about your loss. I am sure Bob will be missed very much.
Shawn & Toni
Shawn R. Wampler Jun 24 2009 12:00 AM
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Randy Brooks Jun 24 2009 12:00 AM
To Kevin, David, Kim and especially Bill: I'm so sorry for the loss of your father. Although I was only around him a few times, it was plain to see that he was a very kind person. I can remember many years ago I was riding my bike from Williamsburg over to my girlfriends house and your dad was at the end of your driveway waiting on the mailman. He had just painted the mailbox. He waved, I stopped and we talked like we were old friends.
I'm sure he will be greatly missed and I'm sorry I couldn't make it to offer my condolences in person.
Michael Blunk Jun 24 2009 12:00 AM