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Richard William Ketelsen
March 26, 1930–November 5, 1978
MONTICELLO—The funeral of Richard William Ketelsen, 48, well-known eastern Iowa band leader, will be held at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Matthew Lutheran church. Rev. Harold Naig will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery with military honors.
Mr. Ketelsen died suddenly of an apparent heart attack Sunday afternoon, November 5, at John McDonald hospital.
He was born March 26, 1930 at Monticello, the son of John and Fredda (Lang) Ketelsen. He attended elementary and high school at Center Junction. During the Korean conflict, he served as a paratrooper.
He was married December 9, 1951 to Ann Tobiassen. The couple farmed in the Center Junction and Monmouth communities until moving to Monticello nineteen years ago.
Mr. Ketelsen was employed as an auto salesman. He had played in dance bands for thirty years in eastern Iowa and for the past seven years had his own dance band.
He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and was a past president of the Monticello Lions club.
Surviving are his wife; four sons, Rick of Cedar Rapids and Gene, Ron and Mark of Monticello; one daughter, Nancy of Cedar Rapids; his mother, Mrs. Fredda Ketelsen of Center Junction; two brothers, John of Marion and Don of Center Junction and a sister, Mrs. Ruth Glenn of Center Junction.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Casket bearers were Alva Freese, Louis Freese, Michael Goettsch, Glen Adams and Kenneth Carter.

Submitted by: Ron Ketelsen
Transcribed by: Janet Brandt
Source: Monticello Express, November 8, 1978


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