Obit: William Ketelsen


William W. Ketelsen, 87, of Durant, died on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bentley Funeral Home in Durant.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Durant.

Interment took place in the Durant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or the Durant Ambulance in his memory.

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William was born in Cedar County on May 20, 1931 to Arnold and Clara (Allmandinger) Ketelsen.

Bill married Janet E. Kruckenberg on March 12, 1955 in Lowden.

Bill retired from Eagle Foods in 1994. After retirement, he drove cars for local car dealers and worked with his son Mike in construction.

He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council, was head usher and groundskeeper. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word search and cars.

Bill is survived by his wife Janet of Durant, daughter Julie (Leo) Chase of Durant, son Mike (Diane) Ketelsen of Durant, six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two step-granddaughters and three step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Deloris Spengler, Dorothy Scharff and Arvella Pewe; and five brothers: Donald, Carl, Delbert, Curtis and Edward Ketelsen.