RICHARD W. KETCHUM

Richard  Ketchum, of Mora, died on Monday, March 11, 2013 at St. Clare Living Community in Mora. He was 81 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16th at Emmanuel Baptisit Church in Mora with Rev. Mike Herzog officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be one hour prior to the service (from 10:00-11:00 a.m.)  on Saturday at the church.

Richard William Ketchum of Mora, Minnesota passed away on March 11th 2013. He was 81 years old.

Richard was born May 17th 1931 in Kerrick Minnesota to Charles and Elva (Fogarty) Ketchum.  Dick grew up on the family farm, the sixth of eight children and attended a country school until the age of 14. He eventually went to work with his brother Paul on a farm in South Dakota; where he met Bonnie Merrill and they married on April 4th 1951 at the Methodist church in Pierre South Dakota. They moved to St. Francis Minnesota in 1956. Dick and Bonnie were officers with the Volunteers of America and worked at Bar-None Boys Ranch, they then transferred to Galloway Boys Ranch on Mille Lacs Lake until they retired. Over the years Dick held many positions from milking cows, house parenting to Maintenance Supervisor.

A master at problem solving and self-taught crafts his hobbies included woodworking, hunting, fishing and the love of the out-of-doors. Dick not only enjoyed these hobbies but shared his skills with everyone he knew. He faithfully served in a variety of churches over the years, lending his many talents to the work of the church. Because of his personal relationship with Christ; he offered unconditional love to his sweetheart Bonnie and 3 daughters.

Dick had a knack for keeping his girls busy – from rope making and car repair to family camping trips. As a “Teacher of Life” praising and encouraging each grandchild to be their very best and giving them unique opportunity to try new things came naturally to him.

Dick was given tender care as part of the family at Signe & Olivia’s assisted living during this last year.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers (Chuck, Ray, Jim, Kenny, Paul), and granddaughter Kerri Ann.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, daughters (Kathy, Ruth, Shirley) and Loving Family; Mike, Doug, Marciel, Zak, Laura, Sherry, Ray, Harley, Jessica, Hailey, Derek, Jaedon, Ariana, Hanah and Riley.; Brother Don and Sister Rose and many nieces and nephews.

Known as Richard, Dick or Richie for all who knew him; his generosity, sense of humor and easy smile, will truly be missed!

6 guestbook entries for RICHARD W. KETCHUM

  1. Linda Pankonin March 14, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Hello Ruth,
    This is Linda, the gal you worked on the printing press with at Fingerhut.
    I was sad to read of your father’s passing. He was a pleasure to meet and chat with back when Denny and I coonhunted at his place. I lost my mom last June, and I can truly sympathize with you, and your family. I’ll be thinking of you.

    Sincerely,
    Linda & Denny Pankonin

  2. Sherry Moore March 14, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Thank you to all my family and friends who have supported me during this very difficult time.
    My Grandpa was a very wonderful person in so many ways! Grandpa you will be missed but never forgotten! I love you
    Sherry (Granddaughter)

  3. Sarah Lien March 14, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I just want to thank Bonnie and the girls for sharing Dick with us the last almost year. He always had a smile on his face and I loved his laugh. He will be missed very much at Signe and Olivias. I loved seeing him sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. My greatest memory is going to the twins game! I feel like I have lost a family member. Thank you again for sharing his life with all of us at Signe and Olivias. Dick you will be missed but I know you will be watching over all of us from heaven with a big smile on your face.
    Thank you again
    Sarah and everyone at Signe and Olivias

  4. Steve Corcoran March 14, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Dear Aunt Bonnie, Kathy, Ruthie, Shirley and the family;
    Uncle Dick was such a big part of my childhood. Your home was our favorite vacation destination. I have so many wonderful childhood memories that involve Uncle Dick, Aunt Bonnie, Kathy, Ruthie and Shirley and the Rambler.

    Uncle Dick was a True Christian, he “Lived his Beliefs” at home and at work. The Bar None ranch changed a lot of young men’s lives over the years and Uncle Dick was a very important part of the reason for their success. He consistently showed the boys how to live life, as a “Man with Honor”. We will never have enough men like Uncle Dick, to be examples for our youth. When I was a Boy Scout leader, there were several occasions where I thought of how would Uncle Dick have handled this situation, at the ranch.
    Our prayers are with y’all. As a Christian family, we can be comforted, knowing that Uncle Dick and Mom are with our Lord in Heaven.

    God Bless you, the kids and grandkids; Steve, Carmel and the family.

  5. Marie Angstman March 15, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Our prayers are with you all.
    Marie and family

  6. Michael Parker (Marrinan) March 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    I knew Dick from my time at Galloway, I recall him as being very nice man, interesting and some one that I looked up to. He made a positive impact on my life, as many kind people did during those years….imagine that he impacted many kids the same way.

    Please accept my condolences,

    Parker

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