OBITUARY

Everett R Ketchum

November 6, 1914September 17, 2013

Everett Raymond Ketchum East Lansing

Born November 6, 1914 in LeRoy, Michigan to Earl Ray and Ruth Maud Porter, passed away September 17, 2013 at the age of 98. He was raised in Flint, Michigan. Everett was married to Corrine Ormiston Ketchum from October 1950 until her death in May 1996. He was married to Virginia Karandjeff from May 1998 until her death May 2002.

Everett worked for General Motors primarily as a tool and die maker for 39 years and retired in 1975. He was a proud member of the UAW, Local 652. He participated in the Flint sit-down-strike in 1936-37, as noted in the book “Nothin’ But Blue Skies” by Edward McClelland. He was a long-time resident of East Lansing. Everett enjoyed automobiles, golf, family and friends.

Surviving are family members including nieces, Ruth M. Rague of Colorado, Louise (Robert) Waddell of North Carolina, Susann (Donald) Bugai of Michigan; nephew, Joseph (Elaine) Vask, Jr. of Missouri; step-grandson, Dr. Thomas (Kenwyn) Wood of Virginia; step-daughter, Judy (Robert Kleine) Karandjeff and their children and grandchildren, and friends including, Joe (Barbara) Backus and numerous others.

Everett was a founding member of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Lansing for more than 50 years and recently lived at Independence Village. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Judy (Robert Kleine) Karandjeff and their children, grandchildren and friends including Joe Backus for their long and devoted care and friendship for Everett.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 4, 1:00 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1315 Abbot Rd., East Lansing with the Rev. Maggie Osborn officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Everett’s memory to Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1315 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, October 4, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2013
REMEMBERING

Everett R Ketchum

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November 11, 2013

Everett was a first cousin of my mother...Garnet Cool Holmes. He was delightful with a wonderful sense of humor. I saw him and Corrine fairly often while a student at MSU in the 60's. They made it easier to be away from home (LeRoy). We visited again when our daughter was considering colleges and we saw them when we did art shows in the Lansing/E.Lansing area. Both are jewels in our family tree. Hazel Holmes Palmer

Hazel Holmes Palmer

November 11, 2013

Everett was a first cousin of my mother...Garnet Cool Holmes. He was delightful with a wonderful sense of humor. I saw him and Corrine fairly often while a student at MSU in the 60's. They made it easier to be away from home (LeRoy). We visited again when our daughter was considering colleges and we saw them when we did art shows in the Lansing/E.Lansing area. Both are jewels in our family tree.

Roy Pedersen

October 1, 2013

Everett was a great guy, and lots of fun to talk to. I called him 'Grampa", and he called me "Sonny". I saw him a lot at Independence Village where I would walk my mother's dog (he loved Barney) and at Meijers. He always had a good word to say. I miss seeing him.

Satina Pavia

September 30, 2013

To whom it may concern. Although I did not have the honor of knowing Mr. Ketchum, I will remember him as an original sit down striker who forged a way of life for me and my family. Thank you sir. My sincerest sympathy to all those who loved you.

FROM THE FAMILY