Robert 'Bob' Ketelle, age 84 of Osakis passed away Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Douglas County Hospital surrounded by his family.
Robert Harlan Ketelle was born on April 19, 1928 in Villard, MN to Harlan and Opal (Ewing) Ketelle. He graduated from Osakis High School in 1946. On July 2, 1952 Bob was united in marriage to Lois Mielke at the Osakis Lutheran Church. They raised their family and farmed for many years just northwest of Osakis overlooking the lake. Bob and his brother, Bryce also operated a trucking business together hauling cattle to South St. Paul. They milked a large herd of dairy cows and did custom combining, working together for over 60 years.
Besides his love for nature and the outdoors, Bob also enjoyed horses, deer hunting and early morning coffee and dice with his friends.
Bob is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Lois Ketelle of Osakis; children, Tony (Stephanie) Ketelle of Osakis and Karleen (Patrick) Cox of Waite Park; grandchildren, Jason (Tiffany) Schwieger, Timothy Schwieger, Jessica, Taryn and Jakob Cox, Mike (Nadine) Walz, Megan (Chad) Thompson, Austin (Allison Weiler) Walz; 4 great grandchildren, Bailee Rose Schwieger, Hunter Walz, Isabelle Waltzing and Emmet Thompson; two sisters-in-law, June Jesse of Carrington, N Dakota and Marlys (Jim) Jensen of Big Fork, MT; 3 brothers-in-law, Clarence (Dorene) Mielke of Osakis, Reynold 'Bub' Howard of Edmonds, WA and Hilmer 'Red' (Etta) Lien of Breese, IL ; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents, an infant great grandson, Traven Ketelle Cox, a brother and sister-in-law, Bryce & Eleanor Ketelle; two sisters, Marion 'Poots' Lien and Dema Howard.
Funeral services for Bob will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Lake Community Church in Alexandria with Rev. Ron Berget officiating. Musicians are Ramona and Joy Ranstron. Interment will be at the West Evergreen Cemetery in Osakis at a later date. Honorary pallbearers are Glen Barber, Mike Barber, Leon Curtis, Darrell Schultz, Dave Thieschafer, Dean Muehlenhardt, Bryan Withers, Brian Helberg, Brian Niehoff, Ray Rutten, Jim Morisette, Ben Zacher, David Schultz and Tessmer Johnson.