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!