Sandy Kettwig (1947-2014)

Sandy Kettwig of Doniphan, Missouri, departed this life June 16, 2014, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

She was born December 19, 1947, in Cobden, Illinois, to the late Ed Sweitzer and Georgia (Allen) Sweitzer. Sandy was employed as a custodian at the Doniphan R-1 School District and attended the Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed a clean home, arts and crafts and especially her dogs.

She was married to Joe Kettwig on May 29, 1965, and he survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Terry (Ryan) Kettwig of Georgia and Joe Kettwig of Doniphan; six grandchildren, Kyle, Preston and Connor of Doniphan and Hunter, Sydney and Dru of Georgia; one great-grandchild, Kayden of Doniphan; three sisters, Phyllis (Jim) Brasser of Doniphan and Linda Goddard and Debra (Les) Gabel, both of Indiana; one brother, Dan (Genna) Holt of Doniphan; one step-brother, Tom Hunter of Arkansas; and two step-sisters, Jeannie Mitchel of Michigan and Mary Thrift of Doniphan.

She was also preceded in death by two step-fathers, Woodson Hunter of Doniphan and Bob Holt of Indiana; and three step-brothers, Cliff Holt, Vic Holt and Dwayne Hunter.

Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, June 18, 2014, from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Edwards Funeral Home in Doniphan. The funeral service will take place Thursday morning, June 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in the Pope Chapel Cemetery near Doniphan.


Kurt Dolf Michael Kettwig (1958-2014)

Kurt D. Kettwig, 55, of La Center, Washington passed away at his home on March 19, 2014. He was born September 21, 1958 in Portland, Oregon to Larry and Linda Kettwig.

He was kind, caring, always willing to help someone out. He loved nature, fishing, music, and being with friends and family
Kurt is survived by his daughter, Angel Kettwig; grandchildren, Caleb Peters and Keira Hartford; and sister, Kim Reynolds. He is preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Linda.


Todd Alan Kettwig (1967-2013)

Todd Alan Kettwig (12 Aug 1967 – 20 May 2013)

Family, friends, the California Highway Patrol Gold Run Area and an entire community are deeply saddened to report the passing of Officer Todd Alan Kettwig. Born August 12, 1967, Todd grew up with a love of trains and the California Highway Patrol. Todd graduated from DeLaSalle High School in 1986 and attended Diablo Valley College obtaining an Associate’s Degree in 1988. Todd graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy on October 25, 1990, serving as the Gold Run Area public information officer. Todd remained an important member of the Gold Run Area Squad throughout a courageous 19 month battle with cancer. His tremendous work ethic will forever be remembered.

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Michele D. Kettwig (1952-2013)

FRANKLIN, NH – Michele D. Kettwig, 60, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the New London Hospital. She was born in Titusville, PA on May 10, 1952 and received her Nursing Degree from Youville Hospital. Michele had previously worked for many years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH and later for Jarit Instruments. Most recently she had been employed by Case Medical as a Nurse Consultant. Michele had also helped her husband in the operation of the Andover Arms Guest House in Andover, NH.

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Marna Sue Kettwich (1951-2011)

(Thanks to Sue Kettwich Bruch for keeping me informed!)

Marna Sue Rutledge Kettwich, 59, of O’Fallon, IL, born October 1, 1951 in Arthur, IL passed away September 1, 2011 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL after a courageous three year battle with cancer. Marna attended First Baptist Church of O’Fallon for the majority of her adult life. A graduate of Arthur High School in 1969, Marna continued her education at McKendree University, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Society, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1973 with a double-major in English Education and History. While at McKendree, Marna, affectionately known as Marn, met her loving husband Paul. In 1977, she earned a Master of the Arts in Counseling from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Continue reading Marna Sue Kettwich (1951-2011)

Allen J. Kettwich (1942-2011)

(Obituary kindly provided by Allen’s sister Sue Kettwich Bruch)

MINONK — Allen J. Kettwich, 68, Waite Park, Minn., formerly of Minonk, died Monday (Aug. 22, 2011) at home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness.
Allen requested that his body be donated to medical research. Memorial contributions may be made in Allen’s memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2025 East River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419.
Born Dec. 3, 1942, in Streator, son of Orville and Freida Kettwich, he lived in Minonk; Rockford; Crown Point, Ind.; and Waite Park, Minn. At the time of his death, he was employed by Coborn’s Inc. as the director of manufacturing. Allen was a Master Mason, and was elected to the Upper Midwest Bakery Association Hall of Fame in 2009. Continue reading Allen J. Kettwich (1942-2011)

Clarence Kettwich (1914-2008)

Clarence Gerhart Kettwich, 94, Minonk, passed away at 10:35 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 9, 2008) at the Apostolic Christian Home, Roanoke.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. The Rev. Craig Swenson will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery, Benson. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the service Saturday at the church. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
He was born June 27, 1914, in Minonk, a son of Henry and Phoebe Barth Kettwich. He married Elda L. Moritz on Oct. 29, 1940, in Benson. She passed away Feb. 11, 1984. He later married Lillian Harms in 1985 in Minonk. She passed away in 2002.

Survivors include two sons, Larry (Lynn) Kettwich, Lake Villa, and Donald (Sharon) Kettwich, Albuquerque, N.M.; one daughter, Jeanne Kettwich, East Peoria; one sister, Ruth Timmerman, Minonk; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Clarence was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk.

Clarence farmed in the Minonk area for 50 years. After his retirement, he enjoyed doing woodworking, tinkering in his shop and bird hunting.

He was a member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau and a past member of the Minonk Sportsmen’s Club.


Thanks to Amy Robbins-Tjaden for providing this obituary!

Lillian P. Kettwig (1919-2008)

Funeral services for Lillian P. Kettwig, age 89, of Watertown, SD, formerly Hazel, SD will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 in the St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Watertown. Rev. Benjamin Radtke will officiate. Music will be provided by Karen Mischke as organist with congregational singing. Lillian passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at a care center in Watertown. She was the widow of Johnny Kettwig.

Burial will be in the Hazel Cemetery, Hazel, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be: Robin Risvold, Stacy Billings, Aurelia Sasse, Paula Kirton, Natalie Billo, Megan Kettwig, Anna Kettwig, Amanda Surat, Kelly Keszler, and Terra Kettwig. Active pallbearers will be: Mike Risvold, Pete Billings, Damon Sasse, Danny Kirton, Nathan Billo, Raleigh Kettwig, Jason Kettwig, Joshua Kettwig, and Trinity Surat.

Visitation will be in the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Watertown, SD on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and prior to services at the church on Tuesday. The family is requested to meet at the church on Tuesday by 10:00 a.m. for a prayer service.

Lillian was born on April 6, 1919 at Henry, SD to Carl and Hertha (Boehnke) Lohmiller. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henry, SD. Lillian graduated from Henry High School.

On September 30, 1940, Lillian married Johnny Kettwig at Henry, SD. The couple began farming and later ran the Hazel Café for ten years, while still farming. The couple farmed their entire life.

Lillian was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henry for 80 years and was currently a member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. She enjoyed her grandkids and playing pinochle. Lillian’s home was open to whoever stopped. Her entire family was important to her. She enjoyed quilting and has made quilts for all her children and grandchildren.

Lillian is survived by four sons: Richard and his wife, Kay Kettwig, of Minnetrista, MN, Douglas and his wife, Carole Kettwig, of Watertown, SD, Leslie and his wife, Beverly Kettwig, of Surprise, AZ, and Leland and his wife, Bette Kettwig, of Hazel, SD; one daughter, Judy and her husband , Richard Sasse, of Sun City, AZ; one brother, LaVerne and his wife, Betty Lohmiller, of Hot Springs, SD; one sister, Alvina and her husband, Clare Reiter of Kiel, WI; two sisters-in-law, Doris Schamens of Hazel, SD and Grace Lohmiller of Custer, SD; ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny; one son, Steven; her parents; and one brother, Adolf.


Lucile Johanna Kettwich Tolan (1922-2007)

MINONK — Lucile Johanna Tolan, 84, Minonk, died at 5:45 a.m. Sunday (July 15, 2007) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to services Wednesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minonk Ambulance; Heritage Manor Volunteers; or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk.

Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.

Lucile was born July 28, 1922, in Minonk, the daughter of John and Gretke Harms Kettwich. She married Lyle E. Tolan on June 22, 1941, in Minonk. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1988.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Norbert) Soltwedel, Shumway, and Lois (John) Freberg, Oneida; two sons, Emerson (Betty) Tolan, Minonk, and James (Barbara) Tolan, Rochelle; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, one brother and one grandson.

She was raised and educated in Minonk. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Minonk. She was a 4-H Leader for many years, and a member of the Woodford County Home Extension.

Source: Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph online

Alfred Tjark Kettwich (1918-2007)

Minonk- Alfred Tjark Kettwich, 88 of 116 S. Elm St., Minonk passed away at 8:05 P.M. May 25, 2007 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Minonk where his funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 . Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk.

Alfred was born July 5, 1918 in Minonk Township a son of John and Geskhe Harms Kettwich. He married Mabel M. Warnkes on July 9, 1939 at Benson. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Beverly (Arlen) Ruestman, Toluca; a son, Brad (Tina Whirrell) Kettwich, Eureka; a sister, Lucille Tolan, Minonk; 9 grandchildren, Brenda (Norbert) Wacker, Ken (Jocelyn) Kettwich, Laura Kitts, Kelly Adolphson, Greg Ruestman, Paul (Katie) Kettwich, Richard (Kristin) Kettwich, Bruce Kettwich and Robert Kettwich; 9 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 2 sons, Everett and Glenn, and a grandson, Brian Kettwich; and two sisters, Alice Uphoff and Marie Krug.

Alfred was a longtime farmer and an avid outdoors man. He truly enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing. He was a former member of the Woodford County Farm Bureau and a 4-H leader. Memorial contributions may be directed to Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk of the Communities of Maple Lawn, Eureka.

Online condolences may be sent to his family at