Keith Ketelsen


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Keith H. Ketelsen, 81, a resident of Bettendorf, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th St., Bettendorf. 

Burial will take place in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation was slated from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Mr. Ketelsen passed away Friday, June 11, 2010 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Keith Herbert Ketelsen was born on Feb. 13, 1929 in Davenport, a son of Herbert and Martha (Telsrow) Ketelsen. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Shima on June 14, 1951 in Iowa City.  On Monday, they would have celebrated their 59th anniversary. 


Shortly after graduating high school, Keith went to work for ALCOA.  He retired as a supervisor in 1978 after 30 years of service.  He then went in to the real estate business in 1978, serving as a realtor for Ruhl and Ruhl.  Keith retired due to health concerns in September of 2009 after 31 years.

He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Lindsay Park Yacht Club where he served as secretary/treasurer for 28 years, the Propeller Club, Board of Realtors, ALCOA 25-year club, and the Bettendorf Police Auxiliary.

In his free time, he loved to golf, play euchre and billiards, and he enjoyed his ALCOA breakfast group.  Keith especially loved to socialize. He never met a stranger or someone he wasn’t interested in talking to. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Keith is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann, Bettendorf, daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela and Del Hunn, Sumter, SC, Sherry and Roger Budd, Elgin, Ill., and Diane and John Tidwell, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Jennifer Budd, David (Nicole) Budd, Julie Thinnifel, Tammy Hunn, Kyle and Amanda Tidwell; great-grandchildren, London and Anthony Budd, Ashley and Tyler Thinnifel; sisters, Shirley Miller, Davenport, and Donna Eastwood, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Richard Ketelsen, Donahue, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents. May they rest in peace. 

The Ketelsen family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Blair Foreman and his assistant Wendy Escontrias, the nurses and staff at Genesis East Cardiac Unit and the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, and to Father Robert McAleer for all the compassion, care, and love they have provided over the last few months. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Keith’s obituary at

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