Valerie Jean 'Goggy' Ketelsen

Friday, August 31, 2007

Funeral services for Mrs. Valerie Jean Ketelsen, 70, of Spirit Lake, formerly of Everly, will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Milford. Father Ken Seifried will officiate the service.

Valerie passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Milford.

Interment will take place at 2 p.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery of Everly.

Valerie, the daughter of Homer and Lucille (Brown) Clausen was born on Feb. 23, 1937, in Spencer. As a young girl, Val was very involved in various activities, including 4-H. She, along with her sister, Barbara and father, Homer, showed champion Shorthorn cattle at the Chicago Stock Show.

On June 27, 1955, she married her high school sweetheart, Ted Ketelsen, while he was on leave from the Air Force. Val and Ted moved around the country while he was in the military. Upon his honorable discharge in 1957, they moved back to Spencer. In 1959, they moved to the Ketelsen family farm north of Everly. Val enjoyed helping Ted with their farming operation, where they raised their four children. In 1966, the family moved to Wheatland, Wyo., where they ranched.

In 1973, they moved back to the family farm, where they remained until their retirement in 1999. That same year, Val and Ted moved to Lake Okoboji, a childhood dream of Val's.

Throughout the years, Val was a devout Catholic, actively participating in both St. Mary's and St. Joseph's Catholic Church churches.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons: Chris and Tony; and one grandson, Chad.

Val is survived by her husband, Ted of Spirit Lake,; two daughters: Lori VerMeer and her husband, Lyle of Denver, Colo., and Lisa VerMeer and her husband, Duane of Sheldon; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters: Barbara Liebentritt and her husband, Art of Columbus, Neb., and Kathy Van Orsow and her husband, Tom of Fort Dodge; and one brother, Clem Clausen of Phoenix, Ariz.

Memorials may be given to the Leukemia Research Foundation.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.