William Horace Ketcham
9 January, 1924 – 13 March, 2020
William (Bill) Horace Ketcham January 9, 1924 - March 13, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, William Horace Ketcham, on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 96 years of age. Born in Revelstoke, BC, he spent his youth there and in North Bend, BC. In 1942, he joined the RCAF, serving in the European theatre as a Bomber wireless airgunner from1944/45. After the war, Dad worked in North Bend as a telegraph operator for the CPR. Soon after marrying Betty Robertson, the love of his life, they moved to Ashcroft BC where Dad held down a number of jobs, including a part time position as a clerk in the BC Government office. When this position became full-time, with his wife and four children in tow, he headed north to Pouce Coupe in 1958, the first of five community moves as he made his way up the career ladder. Finally, in 1974, he opened Campbell River’s first Government office and it was there that he retired in 1987. All his life, Dad had a love of motorcycles, the outdoors and geneology. Dad and Mom loved the Lord and found great comfort in their Christian faith. Over the years, they developed a large church family and left a great impression in the hearts of all they met. They will both be truly missed. Predeceased by his loving wife Betty and son Brock, Dad leaves behind his three children: John (Jane), Dawn (Gil) and Heather (Willy), daughter-in-law Charlotte, 6 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, a memorial service will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dad’s memory to the charity of your choice.
A Memorial Service will take place at a future date
William Horace Ketcham
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March 23, 2020
I grew up knowing Bill and Betty as the most welcoming Aunt and Uncle, living what felt like a perfect life of warmth and happiness. I was too young to really know more than the smell of Aunt Betty’s kitchen and Bill’s quiet reassuring presence, with his shock of white hair and rugged good looks.
Later, I spent some time as an adult with Bill, and found out that he had been shot down in WW2, that he rode a Harley - he was a very cool dude! He was so unassuming and humble that you wouldn’t know that he was someone who had been a big contributor to us all - I wish we had spent more time together, but I’m very glad to have known him and Betty - they were special people and I will miss them both!