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John J. "Jack" Ketelsen
November 4, 1944–November 9, 1962
John Ketelsen Dead at Age 18

John J. "Jack" Ketelsen, 18, of route two, Marion, died Friday in a Cedar Rapids hospital.
The son of John R. and Marjorie (Towers) Ketelsen, he was born November 4, 1944, at Cedar Rapids, where the family lived until eight years ago.
He was a member of the church choir and the Youth Fellowship at the Presbyterian church of Marion, was active in the 4-H club, and was a member of American Federation of Music. Graduated from Linn-Mar High School in 1962. He was active in music and won a No. 1 rating in drum solo and vocal solo last year. He was a representative at Boys State in 1961.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Kathy, and four brothers: Randy, Lynn, Gary and Von all at home, his grandparents, Mrs. Fredda Ketelsen of Center Junction and Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Towers of Amoret, Missouri.
Services: 1:30 Monday at the Murdoch chapel in Marion by the Rev. Jean P. Hauter. Friends may call at the chapel.

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Transcribed by: Janet Brandt
Source: The Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 11, 1962

John "Jack" Ketelsen Rites Were Monday

John J. "Jack" Ketelsen, a resident of the Marion vicinity the past eight years, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Friday, November 9, in a Cedar Rapids hospital. The youth learned eight months ago that he had leukemia, but he remained active until very recently.
He was born the son of John R. and Marjorie (Towers) Ketelsen on November 4, 1944 at Cedar Rapids. He was a member of the church choir and the Youth Fellowship at the Presbyterian Church of Marion. He was active in 4-H Club work and last year was president of the Prairie Union 4-H Club and vice president of the Linn county 4-H Club.
Jack was a member of American Federation of Music and played drums in the Ketelsen band. He graduated from Linn-Mar High school in 1962 and was active in music having won a No. 1 rating in drum and vocal solo last year. He was a representative of Boys State in 1961.
Surviving in addition to his parents are one sister, Kathy, four brothers, Randy, Lynn, Gary and Von all at home; his grandparents, Mrs. Fredda Ketelsen of Center Junction and Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Towers, of Amoret, Missouri, three uncles, Charles M. Towers of Wyoming, Don E. Ketelsen of Center Junction and Richard Ketelsen of Monticello; two aunts, Mrs. Ruth Glenn of Center Junction and Mrs. John Kelso of Alexandria, Virginia.
Services were 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 12, at the Murdoch Chapel in Marion, conducted by Rev. Jean P. Hauter. Music by Marlin Peterson, soloist, organist, Faye Murdoch. Bearers were Burdette Blackford, David Breed, Robert Coons, Jeffry Petrie, David Fernow and Steven Smola. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello.

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Transcribed by: Janet Brandt
Source: The Marion Sentinel, November 14, 1962

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