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05/10/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Ken Ketterman

Kenneth Larry Ketterman
(30 Dec 1947 - 06 May 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The sad news continues this Wednesday.
Ken Ketterman, Class of 1965, passed away in Hampton on Tuesday, May 06, 2017 at the age of 69.

   He was the brother of Eddie Ketterman ('64) of NC, Carl Ketterman ('70) of FL, Robert Ketterman of FL, Linda Ketterman Gori of ME, Kathy Ketterman Smith of VA, Gayle Ketterman Hogge of VA, and Alice Ketterman Massengill of VA, and of the late Jerry Ketterman ('68).

From The Daily Press - 05/10/17:

     Kenneth Larry Ketterman
    HAMPTON - Ken was born on December 30, 1947 in Elkins, West Virginia and moved to Hampton, Virginia in his youth.

He graduated from Newport News High School in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army for three years based in South Korea and Mannheim, Germany. He received a bachelor's degree from Christopher Newport College in 1976.

His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. Ken supported his children and grandchildren by being highly involved in their school and sports activities. He enjoyed fishing and boating in the Hampton River and Chesapeake Bay. In

1994, he received a patent for the invention of a life raft storage and inflation system and retired from the position of Vice President of Hampton Rubber Company in 2014 after thirty years.

Ken Ketterman
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Rose M. and Edison L. Ketterman and brother Jerry Ketterman.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Shirley Jean Ketterman; son William Brian Ketterman and wife Laura of Hampton; daughter Elizabeth Ketterman and husband Michael Tucker of Greenville, NC; daughter Katherine Lynn Sheffield and husband Sam of Baltimore, MD; brother Eddie Ketterman and wife Dianne of NC; brother Carl Ketterman and wife Elaine of FL; brother Robert and wife Mary Ann of FL; sister Linda Gori of ME; sister Kathy Smith and husband Mike of Hampton; sister Gayle Hogge of Newport News; sister Alice Massengill of Gloucester; and grandchildren Bonnie and Will Ketterman of Hampton; Charley Sheffield of Baltimore, MD; and Scout Tucker of Greenville, NC.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the charity of your choice.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on May 10, 2017.
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Shirley and family,
We are shocked and so sorry for your loss. Such a wonderful man taken from all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ C.D. and Lou Jones, Hampton, Virginia

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Dear Shirley and family, I am saddened to hear of your loss. Ken meant a lot to me personally over the years. He was much more than a co-worked or a boss. I considered him my friend and mentor.
~ Dennis Hopkins, Norfolk, Virginia

Wednesday, Ma
y 10, 2017
Shirley, Our hearts were saddened to hear about Ken. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God will carry you during this difficult time and strength you. I remember after you retired from HRC, Ken enjoyed stopping at 7-11 on the way home to bring you a big gulp.

~ Lisa and Eric Abernethy, Hampton, Virginia
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shirley, Our hearts are saddening to hear about Ken. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God will carry you through this difficult time and strengthen you.

 Lisa and Eric Abernethy, Hampton, Virginia

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 
Shirley, Edie and I are so sorry to hear this. Our hearts are broken and our thoughts and prayers to you, Brian, Katie, Beth, and all of your family. With all the years Ken and I worked together, I can say I have never worked with a better man. He will be deeply missed. Take comfort in knowing he and Jerry are reunited and probably already fishing.

~ Unsigned

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Dear Shirley and the family,
David and I were so sad to read Ken's obituary today. Please know that you all are in our prayers and thoughts that God will help you in this time of loss. Our family has great memories of your family when we all attended Liberty Baptist Church.
We send our deepest sympathy,
David and Donna Burgess

~ Donna Burgess, Smithfield, Virginia

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Shirley, Brian, Beth and Katie, there are just no words to express how sorry Tommy and I were to receive the phone call from Shirley about the passing of Kenny. We are so graceful for all the good times we had together and our children growing up in the same neighborhood. What pleasant memories of him and the whole family we have. Our prayers are with you now and forever.

~ Weasy and Tommy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Shirley and Family, My heart and prayers are with you. There are no words that I can express how I feel about your loss. Ken was the best friend a person could have. I'm so sorry for your loss,

~ Bill Drummond

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
My deepest condolences to all of the Ketterman family. Mr. Ketterman was such a kind and caring man.....a true gentlemen. I feel blessed to have known him and to have your family treat me as part of the family. What a wonderful legacy he leaves behind. May all of your wonderful memories comfort you now.

~ Marcie Dunn
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Shirley, I was saddened to hear of Kenneth's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Rita Hall, Morehead City, North Carolina
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
My sincere sympathy to the Ketterman family. What a special man he was. I was fortunate enough to do business with Ken for a number of years. I will always have the utmost respect for how he handled business and people. I sure learned a lot from him. Prayers to the whole family.

~ Mike Harvey, Warsaw, Indiana

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Dear Ketterman Family, we are so saddened to hear about Ken's passing and we are sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
- Steve, Paige, Nathan, and Taylor Harmon

~ Paige and Steve Harmon, Cypress, Texas

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  
Shirley, I am so sorry to hear the news of Kenneth's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the Ketterman family. May God give you comfort at this time. Love to all you.

~ Dorothy Ketterman, Hayes, Virginia

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Ken's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead On, O King Eternal

Words by Ernest W. Shurtleff (04 Apr 1862 - 24 Aug 1917), 1888
Music (Lancashire) by Henry T. Smart (26 Oct 1813 - 06 July 1879), 1836

Shurtleff wrote this hymn wrote this hymn for the graduation ceremony at Andover Theological Seminary, where he was a member of the class of 1888.

 Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And Holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums,
But deeds of love and mercy,
The heav'nly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.

"Lead On, O King Eternal" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/07/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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