Charlie Ketcham, age 62, of 612 North 20th Street in Escanaba passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba following a lengthy illness.
Charlie was born January 24, 1948 in Perkins, the son of Edward and Violet (Trentin) Ketcham. Charlie worked in the highway maintenance department of the Michigan Department of Transportation for many years. He was united in marriage to Patricia “Patsy” Koeller. He was a hard worker and a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Including his wife Patsy, Charlie is survived by:
2 sons: Jim (Pam) Gerou of Escanaba, MI; Matt (Cindy) Gerou of Green Bay, WI
2 daughters: Sarah (Jeff) Slagstad of Gladstone, MI; Crystal (Michael) Beauchamp of Gladstone, MI
11 grandchildren: Josh, Shealene and Dylan Gerou; Noah and Gabrielle Johnson; Natalie and Nathaniel Beauchamp; Tricia Balenger; Allison, Hunter and Emylee Slagstad.
9 brothers: Ed (Dorothy) Ketcham, Jim Ketcham, Bob (Rose) Ketcham, Mike (Laurie) Ketcham, Ron Ketcham, Tim (Kathy) Ketcham, Dennis Ketcham, Rodney Ketcham and Jerry (Vivian) Ketcham
4 sisters: Wanda (Chuck) DeMenter, Pat Couillard, Sue (Bob) Kohnert and Carol Ketcham
Numerous nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant brother, Daniel.
The Ketcham family will receive friends on Saturday, December 4 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Charlie will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.