ELKHART – J.L. Ketchum, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Morton County Care Center, Elkhart.
He was born Oct. 15, 1923, to Charles and Ida Mae (Gholson) Ketchum in Elkhart.
He married Maxine Boling in September 1949.
He then married Shirley (Rust) Davis Jan. 23, 1982, in Elkhart. She survives.
He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1941 and then attended Kansas University from 1941 until 1942.
He joined the United States Army in November 1942 serving overseas during World War II. He was honorably discharged in December 1945 as a staff sergeant and received the bronze star. After his service in the Army, he was appointed Elkhart postmaster from 1946 until 1951 and during this time, he served one term as president of the Kansas Postmasters Association. Then from 1951 until 1978, he was a rural mail carrier until his retirement. After his retirement from the postal service, he became manager of Southwestern Savings and Loans Association until 1997.
He obtained his pilots license and enjoyed flying. He helped start the Point Rock Golf Course and enjoyed golfing. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling with his wife in the motor home and spending the winters in Texas.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Lions Club charter member, Jaycees, Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Elkhart City Council and the Elkhart School Board.
Other survivors include one son, Paul Davis and wife, Barbara, Hutchinson; two daughters, Taunya Jill Johnson and husband, Roger, Overland Park, and Kendra Thomason and husband, Clint, Elkhart; five grandchildren, Reid Thomason and wife, Tiffany, Hays, Kenzie Thomason, Elkhart, Michelle Schrag and husband, Grady, Hutchinson, Justin Thomason and wife, Lisa, Elkhart, Wayne Thomason, Elkhart; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Allan Davis; three brothers, Kenneth Ketchum, Carl Ketchum and Rex Ketchum; and one sister, Ethelyn Ford.
o Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Church of God in Elkhart with Pastor Gary Murrell and Pastor Ron Crosley presiding.
Burial will follow at Elkhart Cemetery with military rites conducted by VFW Post No. 3162.
There will be no public visitation.
Memorials are suggested to the Morton County Care Center, American Cancer Society, or Parkinson’s Foundation all in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950.
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