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Richard W. Ketcham, Sr.

May 8, 1928 August 1, 2008
Richard W. Ketcham, Sr.
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St. Albans / Fairfax: Richard W. Ketcham, Sr. 80, died Friday, August 1, 2008 in the Franklin County Rehab following a brief illness. Born in Greenport, New York on May 8, 1928, he was the son of the late Averill and Mildred (Ankers) Ketcham. Prior to making Fairfax his home in 1972, Dick first lived in Westford. In 1998, he moved to St. Albans to make his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mariette and James Shepard. He married the former Marion King on April 13, 1952 at Orient, New York. She passed away in April of 1993. After graduating from Greenport, New York High School, he served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Prior to moving to Vermont, Mr. Ketcham resided on Long Island where he was known as “Bud” and served as Fire Chief of the East Marion, New York Fire Department. He enjoyed playing several instruments, including guitar, mandolin and banjo and played in a local band on Long Island known as “Bashful Buddy and the Biscuit Beaters”. After moving to Vermont, Mr. Ketcham was employed at IBM from 1968 until his retirement in 1987, following his retirement, Dick worked part time at J&L Hardware in Fairfax. He was a longtime member of the Fairfax Fire Department and served as Assistant Chief for several years. Mr. Ketcham was very active in Free Masonry. He was a longtime member and Past Master of Lamoille Lodge 6 F&AM. He was also Past District Deputy for the Seventh Masonic District Grand Lodge of Vermont F&AM. Mr. Ketcham was a founding father and charter member of Order of the Sword of Bunker Hill, Champlain Order 115. His other Masonic memberships include, Mt. Sinai Shrine # 3, Northern Vermont Shrine Club Motor Corp and York Rite Bodies of St. Albans. He also was Past Worthy Patron of Unity Chapter 17 OES in Fairfax and a member of American Legion Post 35 in Cambridge. Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing and doing jigsaw puzzles. He is survived by four children; Mariette K. Shepard and husband, James of St. Albans, Richard W. Ketcham, II and wife, Maureen of Vernon, Timothy W. Ketcham of Burlington and Laurie Broe and husband, Jeffrey of Georgia. A sister-in-law, Theresa Ketcham of East Marion, New York, a brother-in-law, Roscoe King of Orient, New York, eight grandchildren, Melissa Shepard, Cory Popple, Joshua Popple, Shannon Ketcham, Brendan Ketcham, Colin Ketcham, Christopher Broe and Nicholas Broe, five great grandchildren, Brooklyn Bruce, Bailey Popple, Leanna St. Francis, Layla St. Francis and Nick Root. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Masonic Graveside service will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at 11:00 AM at the Carroll Hill Cemetery, Carroll Hill Road, Fairfax. Visiting hours will be Tuesday, August 5, 2008, from 5-8 PM in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans. Memorial contributions may be made to the East Marion, New York Fire Department in care of Terry Ketcham, P.O. Box 176, East Marion, NY 11939. Assisting the Ketcham family is Lucien J. Hayes of the Heald Funeral Home in St. ALbans. Online condolences may be sent to family of Richard W. Ketcham, Sr. through

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