Walter E. Ketter, 88
June 11, 1928 — July 14, 2016
Walter “Wally” E. Ketter, 88, of Campbellsport, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016.
He was born on June 11, 1928, in the town of Auburn, the son of Henry and Elsie (Bartelt) Ketter. He attended Campbellsport High School, graduating with the class of 1946. Wally enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948 and received his honorable discharge in June 1952. While in service and stationed at Camp Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia, Wally met his Wild Irish Rose Branum. They were married Aug. 16, 1952, at St. John the Baptist Church in Crewe, Virginia, and made their home in Wisconsin.
Wally was employed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 42 years, retiring in 1988. His specialty was law enforcement, a job he dearly enjoyed. He often mentioned how fortunate he was to spend his working years in the outdoors, doing work he truly loved. In the spring of 1988, he became police chief of Campbellsport, a position he held for three years. After that Wally was employed by the Campbellsport School District, another job he loved, as he liked associating with the young students, who, according to Wally, were all good kids.
Wally was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and was also a member of the American Legion Post 347 in Lomira. He was one of the first instructors for the Hunter Safety Program in Campbellsport. Wally loved the outdoors, enjoyed gardening, his wild flowers and was proud of the small forest he planted on his property. He also enjoyed bird watching/feeding, was an avid hunter and fisherman and dearly loved his pheasant-hunting trips to South Dakota with his son Jeff, who a few years ago mentioned, “Remember Dad, when you used to take me hunting — now I take you.” Wally is survived by his wife, Rose; a son, Jeff of Eau Claire; a daughter, Debra (John) Donley of West Bend; two grandchildren, Lisa (Jeremy) Jelinek of Menasha and David Donley of West Bend; treasured great-granddaughter, Evelyn Rose Jelinek and great-grandson, Cade Joseph Jelinek of Menasha; and two granddogs, Buford and Taz of Eau Claire. He is further survived by a brother, Duane (Peggy) Ketter of Kekoskee; a sister, Joan Petersen of Campbellsport; sisters-in-law, Alice Ketter of Campbellsport and Betty Branum of Blackstone, Virginia; brother-in-law, James Branum of Blackstone, Virginia; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and treasured friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Henry and Elsie; five brothers, Irwin, Elton, Elwyn (Cecilia), Henry and Loren Ketter; and mother-in-law, Lillie Branum, as well as many four-legged pals.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church (350 S. Helena St., Campbellsport). The Rev. Paul Cerny will officiate and burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Campbellsport.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Monday, July 18, at the Twohig Funeral Home (109 W. Main St., Campbellsport) and Tuesday, July 19, from 10 a.m. until the time of services at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Memorials are appreciated to Immanuel Lutheran Church or the Campbellsport Volunteer Fire Department.
Twohig Funeral Home, Campbellsport, is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.twohigfunerals.com.