Douglas W Ketring

December 22, 1959November 22, 2018
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Douglas Ketring, 58 of Laurel, died on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 at his residence.

Douglas, a son of David K. and Betty M. Risch Ketring, was born December 22, 1959 in Great Lakes, Illinois. He attended area schools and graduated from Union County High School in 1979. Douglas proudly enlisted in the United States Army and honorably served his country until the loss of his leg required him to retire. During retirement, Douglas advanced his schooling through Indiana University-East and IUPUI; graduating from the Indiana University School of Social Work as a certified Drug & Alcohol Counselor. Douglas formerly served as Commander for the United States Disabled American Veterans Chapter #90 Franklin County and volunteered at the Warren Lee Children’s Home in Richmond, Indiana. He was a member of the American Legion Post #77 and attended church at Harmony Living Word Assembly. In his leisure time, Douglas enjoyed fishing, traveling, riding snowmobiles and four wheelers. Douglas had a love for life and entertaining ways that always left his family and friends smiling.

Douglas is survived by his wife: Michelle Leedom Ketring; his mother: Betty M. Ketring, of Liberty; his step-sons and their spouses: Bobby Hampshire and Kelly; Kyle Hampshire and Loretta, of Cannon, Kentucky; his siblings and their spouses: Dave Ketring and Ticky of Pensacola, Florida; Jim Ketring and Mandi of Liberty; Phil Ketring and Susan of Franklin; Debbie Blevins and Jessie of Liberty; his mother–in-law: Jo Leedom of Greenville, Ohio; two brothers-in-law and their spouses; his grandchildren: Danielle, Ethan, Nathan, Atlee and Bentlee; his nephew, Jason Ketring and his niece, Riley Blevins; his beloved dogs: Floki and Beau.

Douglas is preceded in death by his father, David K. Ketring and his father-in-law, Ronald Leedom.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty with Pastor Dean VanWinkle officiating. Interment will follow in West Point Cemetery with graveside military honors conducted. Friends may visit at the funeral home Wednesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. where memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. For additional information and to send his family condolences, please visit our website,


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Interment Thursday, November 29, 2018

Douglas W Ketring

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Steve Brier

November 29, 2018

I remember Doug as a fun guy growing up. I remember a birthday party and we shot at each other with BB guns. I remember Doug saying to not shoot at people's eyes. Bath and College Corner was always fun with Doug! To the family, I am sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.

Michael Bowling

November 26, 2018

Lots of memories. In school with Doug from the 6th grade until High School graduation. He was always laughing about something and made us all laugh with him.
I remember "borrowing" the custodians big Cub Cadet lawn mower. There was probably 8 or 9 of us riding on it. We drove it uptown at recess in College Corner, just to get a pop at the corner store. LOL We were mischievous kids.

The apostle Paul wrote, "To be absent of the body is to be present with the Lord."

That's how I deal with this kind of grief.

Rest in Peace Doug.

Danielle Hampshire

November 25, 2018

Growing up, I would often spend time with you and mamaw for a week or so during the summer. I have many memories, from the summers I had with you. I'll never forget the trips to go shopping, horse riding, or riding around in the Corvette. I'm thankful for the times we had. I love you papaw, and I sure will miss you bunches.

Bobby Hampshire

November 25, 2018

There was this one summer night when I was about 13 years old. You gathered all the local kids around a bonfire and started a big wrestling match amongst all of us. You would pair us all up against each other and as I would take one of the other kids down one at a time you would laugh out loud and holler for the other adults to come look and watch. You being you and me being me I kept on slamming all the kids down and you kept laughing and bragging and keeping it going. Nobody was hurt and we all were having fun but I was a pretty insecure kid and I was often uncomfortable but you made me proud to be me that night. Thank you for that, you will be missed.

Debbie Blevins

November 25, 2018

My Brother, I can't believe there will be no more of your crazy stories, no more of your contagious laugh, no more of your loving hugs. My heart is broken but I hold close the knowledge that you have a new body that is not broken or hurting and that you are with Dad now. I grieve over the fact that I will never have my 4 brothers with me again here on earth but rejoice in the fact that I will see you again one day. Our last words to each other were always I love you and I hope you know how much I did love you. Rest in peace my dear brother. Love, your little sister.

Roxanna Leedom

November 25, 2018

Never forget the summer you took us out on the boat that was the best childhood memory! Thank you for being the greatest uncle. Till we meet again please watch over us. Going to be truly missed.

Love you Roxanna & kids

Kyle Hampshire

November 25, 2018

Had lots of good memories will miss playing cards and hanging out together Rest In Peace

Hammer Ketring

November 25, 2018

I had so much fun and laughed so much with you. I will always smile when I think of you and my favorite memories will be April 25, 1997 and the night we spent watching the election on November 8, 2016 . You left me with a broken heart that you filled with great memories.

David Ketring

November 25, 2018

Rest in peace my brother. You will always be missed and remembered. We will always miss you talking about a visit to Florida. Your oldest brother and sister in law, Mike and Ticky.