James "Jim" Ketterman, Sr.
August 31, 1942 - March 20, 2020


James "Jim" Ketterman, Sr.
Aug 31, 1942 - Mar 20, 2020

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James L. "Jim" Ketterman Sr., age 77, of Liberty, Illinois, died peacefully in his home on Friday, March 20, 2020.

He was born August 31, 1942 in Flora, Illinois the son of Charles Elmer "Kit" and Dorothy Alene Hurd Ketterman. On December 26, 1961 he married Sara Louise Roberts in Palmyra, Missouri. She survives.

Jim was an easy-going and kind man who never met a stranger. He was loved by all who knew him. He loved his children and grandchildren and he enjoyed hunting and his cats. He was a simple man who enjoyed the simpler things in life like being outside.

Jim retired from Quincy Soybean where he began working in 1965. He was a maintenance foreman. Jim later worked at Lewis Seed. Later in life he was a beloved school bus driver for the Liberty School District and spoke often of his riders.

Survivors in addition to his wife of 58 years, Sara, include two sons, John (Shari) Ketterman of Lexington, MO, and James Ketterman Jr. of Virginia; four grandchildren, Zane (Tiffany) Ketterman, Ian (Emilee) Ketterman, both of Lexington, MO, Lucas (Mackenzie) Ketterman of Corder, MO, and Emma Katterman of Kansas City, MO; four great-grandchildren, Johnny, Amelia, Ellie Mae and John Luke Ketterman; and a brother-in-law, who was more like a son to him as they had legal guardianship of him as a child, Lloyd Roberts.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Betty Olson, and two brothers, Elmer Lee Ketterman and Charles Clark.

A public celebration of life will be held at a later date, sometime in August 2020.

Private Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Memorials: Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the American Cancer Society.


Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

Bob Corbin on Mar 23, 2020

Jim and I worked together for many years at Quincy Soybean he was a great friend later in life we got to see each other at the Boat.You will be missed prayers to the family

Clifford Wainman on Mar 22, 2020

Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great guy to be around ! Knew Jim at my time at Quincy Soybean ! Prayers for the family ! God bless you all !

James L. Ketterman on Mar 22, 2020

Praying for family peace through this time.

Betty Ketterman Rittmeyer on Mar 21, 2020

Siblings Charlie, Betty, Jim and Elmer (Fudd)

Don and Diana McCleary on Mar 21, 2020

So sorry to learn of Jim's passing. May you find comfort in the good memories.
Don and Diana

Ray M Madison on Mar 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss Jim was a great friend to us and we will miss him.



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