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John R. Ketcher

John R. Ketcher, age 31, of Norwood Young America died suddenly Dec. 2, 2001, in an automobile accident.

John was born Aug, 13, 1970 at Waconia, the son of Robert and Janice M. (Karels) Ketcher. He was baptized Aug. 30, 1970 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America by the Rev. Henry Fry and confirmed March 31, 1985 at the same church, again by Rev. Henry Fry.

He married YoVonne J. Dahl in Hawaii May 14, 1998.

He enjoyed fishing, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, canoeing, being with his friends and his dogs.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, YoVonne; parents, Janice and Robert Ketcher of Norwood Young America; sisters and brother-in-law, Susan and Mark Pierson of Gilbert, Ariz., Jody and Patrick Lhotka of Plato, Peggy Ninow and friend Jay of Robbinsdale, Jennifer Ketcher and fiance Brian of Fargo, N.D.; brother, Jim Ketcher of Norwood Young America; nieces and nephews, Brandon, Josh and Amanda Pierson, Rachel and Matthew Lhotka; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Arlene and Jack Dahl of Mound; brother-in-law, Dale Dahl and special friend Steph Udell of Lester Prairie; Godparents, Stan and Lois Schultz of Norwood Young America, Marie Dietel of Norwood Young America; uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, 11 a.m., at St. John's Lutheran Church, Norwood Young America, with the Rev. Scott Gustafson officiating.

John Boehmke, Jon Verch, Randy Schug, Vance Huwe, Dan Lenzen, Tommy Salonek, Bob Good, and Kurt Vinkemeier served as casketbearers.

Interment was at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.

Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia served the family.

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