Ruth Ketcham

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Ketcham, 97, of Spencer, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate the service.

Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Mrs. Ketcham passed away Monday, July 5, 2010, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.

Ruth L. Ketcham, the daughter of Charles H. and Olive (Millay) Anderson, was born Aug. 5, 1912, in Hutchinson, Kan. Her childhood years were spent in Hutchinson and Los Angeles, graduating from high school in Whittier, Calif. Ruth was fondly known by family and friends as "Beep."

Ruth married Maurice Ketcham on Nov. 9, 1929, at her parents' home in Pico, Calif. To this union four children were born: Denis, Erin, Michaela and David Patrick. The family lived in Pico until moving to the Ketcham family farm near Spencer in 1943. Maurice and Ruth sold the farm and moved to Spencer in 1959, due to Maurice's declining health.

Ruth was a homemaker, sales clerk at Spurgeons, and later a secretary and optician for Dr. R.H. Fair and Dr. Harry Rasdal. She enjoyed writing, reading, square dancing, crafting, refinishing furniture, and most of all being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a 4-H leader, member of Farm Bureau, Energetic Sioux Club, PTA, Violet Club, Book Club, Federated Women's Club and B.P.W. She was named B.P.W. 1975 Woman of the Year.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Maurice on Aug. 10, 1970; one son, David Patrick (Pat) Ketcham in 1976; one sister, Jessie Anderson; and two brothers: George and Ralph Anderson.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Denis Ketcham and his wife, Rosalee of Omaha, Neb.; two daughters: Erin Willard and her husband, Dave of Jacksonville, Fla., and Michaela Cullen and her husband, Jim of Spencer; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to one of Ruth's favorite charities: Parker Historical Society or People For Pets.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.