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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Kenneth Ketterer

Kenneth Clarence "Ken" Ketterer

Thursday, December 25th, 1941 - Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Kenneth Clarence Ketterer, 78, of Newville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his caregivers and friends.

Born Thursday, December 25, 1941 in East Rockhill Twp., Bucks County, he was the son of the late Clarence Wilmer Ketterer and Gladys Linnea Fluck Ketterer Kooker.

Kenneth was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Newville.

He was a lifelong farmer and was at the forefront of progressive conservation and modern farm practices in Pennsylvania. Kenneth also worked for the Department of Agriculture and was a Penn State Extension Agent for Cumberland County. He also was employed at Ike and Mamie Eisenhower’s Farm in Gettysburg, watching over their prize cattle. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Kenneth is survived by two sisters, Robin Riggs, East Greenville and Holly Snyder and her companion Glenn Wilinsky, Bethlehem; niece and nephew, Heather (Nicholas) Lynn and her two children Ethan and Layna, Hellertown, Jason Riggs, East Greenville and several other nieces and nephews; he is also survived by his caregiver, Lori Wardle and her team of caregivers, several relatives on his late wife’s side of the family and his dog Buddy.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Joann Buterbaugh Ketterer who died February 27, 2017. His step-father also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., with Pastor Molly K. Haggerty officiating. Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday in Union Cemetery, Quakertown. A viewing will be held Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday, in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Labre Indian School, 1000 Tongue River Road, Ashland, MT., 59003.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.fogelsanger-brickerfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Sunday, January 12th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    Address
    112 West King St.
    SHIPPENSBURG, PA 17257
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    Address
    112 West King St.
    SHIPPENSBURG, PA 17257
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  • Service

    Monday, January 13th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, January 13th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    Address
    112 West King St.
    SHIPPENSBURG, PA 17257
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    Officiant
    Pastor Molly K. Haggerty
  • Interment

    Location
    Union Cemetery
    Address
    516 West Broad Street
    QUAKERTOWN, PA
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Nancy Livingston

Posted at 09:05pm
Ken was my Extension Agent when I a 4-H member in Cumberland County. He helped coach me at Livestock Judging and always encouraged us. The most funny memory I had was back in the day the Extension Agents and leaders made unannounced visits to check on your 4-H steers. Not thinking, Ken must have decided to do it at the same time there was an arsonist burning barns in the mid 1970's in my township. The arsonist was bold and made a list of burns to be burned. My family's barn was on the list and several neighbors. So the police had pretty much shut down the roads to the public and had barricades for folks to stop. Ken must have explained his intent and they left him in. The police forgot to notify us and when he pulled in he had a "Shot gun greeting". All the local farmers were armed and guarding their barns day and night. I am sure that was one of his memorable Extension visits. Luckily he and my dad got along fine and joked about it in later years.
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American Legion post 184

Posted at 08:34am
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Jody Wagner

Posted at 11:30am
My parents were lifelong neighbors of Ken (and Joann) and we’re blessed with their friendship for almost fifty years. I was able to be a caregiver for Ken for the past year and enjoyed every minute. Ken loved to tell stories about meeting Joann at Penn State, hunting excursions, farming adventures, and times spent with family and friends. Ken will be missed by many. Jody Brandt Wagner

Sharon Kling

Posted at 11:02am
Ken & Joann were lifelong friends of Art & I and they are missed by all who are involved now & in the past in agriculture preservation & are proud farming families, that is Ken’s heritage, trying to instill good stewardship of the land, & furthering the production of healthy food for his family, his neighbors, & the often retailing on a small scale to the public. He left his mark on his world.
Art & Sharon Kling
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Lori Wardle

Posted at 07:50pm
I have many fond memories of Ken in the last 2 and half years that I spent being his Caregiver. There was not a day in that time that he didn't make me laugh. His stories were told over and over again, but I always listened. Ken was a wonderful man and I feel blessed that I was able to be by his side until God called him home. Lori Wardle
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