ASHTABULA — Christopher Jay “Ketch” Ketchum , age 48 ,of Saybrook Township, Ohio, died Monday, July 1, 2013, in Ashtabula.
Born May 3, 1965, in Ashtabula, Ohio, he has been a lifetime area resident. He was a 1983 graduate of Edgewood High School and served in the United States Navy from 1984 to 1988.
Chris was employed with the City of Ashtabula in the Sanitation Department.
He is a member of American Legion Post #103; the East Ashtabula Club; and the VFW Post #943 of Ashtabula. He enjoyed camping, boating, feeding the animals, and spending time with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed playing with Connor and being “Papa Ketch” with Connor.
Surviving him are his mother, Libby (Maurice) Fryer of Ashtabula; his father, Milton Jay (Mary Ann) Ketchum III of Ashtabula; a brother, Scott Ketchum of Ashtabula; two sisters, Kimberly (Jimmy) Graycar of Willowick and Katie (Joe) Malasky of North Kingsville; a step-brother, Joshua Fryer of Los Angeles, Calif.; his better half, Darlene Costilow and her son, Cory Weyer of Roaming Shores; a grandson, Connor Weyer; his grandparents, Gaylord and Christine J. Fryer of Perry, Ohio; he loved being an Uncle to Nina, Cameron, Joshua, Alex and Bobby; and is also survived by his godson, Kyle Cevera, and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Milton Jay and Dorothy Ketchum Jr.; and his maternal grandparents, Stanley and Mary Elizabeth “Granny” Wolfe.
A Memorial Service will be 12 p.m., Saturday, July 6th, at the Ashtabula Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, INC., 526 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, with Pastor Jim Ekensten officiating. The American Legion Post #103 will conduct military rites and a Celebration of his Life will be 1 p.m., Saturday, at the American Legion –Dewey Howlett Post #103, 1804 West 19th St., Ashtabula, Ohio.
Calling Hours will be at the Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the time of Service at 12 p.m. on Saturday.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Legion-Dewey Howlett Post #103.
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