OBITUARY

Bertram "Bert" Chester Ketzenberg

September 12, 1931April 14, 2021
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Bertram Chester Ketzenberg, son of Chester Ketzenberg and Etta Ketzenberg (Shaeffer) was born September 12, 1931, in Boise, Idaho. He was the oldest of his siblings, Gloria (deceased), Colleen (deceased), Geraldine (deceased), Linda, Tom (deceased), Darryl and John (deceased).

Bert married Bev Swaim October 10, 1953. They had 4 children, Randy Ketzenberg of Carnation, WA, Cindy Ketzenberg of Chehalis, WA, Ron Ketzenberg (deceased), and Russ Ketzenberg of Chehalis, WA. He had 11 grandchildren, Tim Ketzenberg, Alicia Nakano, Andrew Ketzenberg, Josh Ketzenberg, Jamie Balick, Matt Ketzenberg, Adam Ketzenberg, Jason Conwell, Jackie Acevado, Candice Quarles, and Sirena Hays; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Bert started working in a logging camp when he was only 16 yrs old and loved the outdoors. Bert met the love of his life Bev and they got engaged before he left to the service where he served in the 28th M.P. CO 28th Inf Div from 1950-1953. He was stationed in Germany and would write letters back to Bev and they could not wait to get married when he returned from his service in 1953.

Bert and Bev lived in Chehalis, WA on a small farm where they had their business, Bert’s Locker Cutting for 40 years before they retired. Bert also was a volunteer firefighter for 16 years (1984-1999) with Lewis County Fire Dept. District 5.

Bert worked side by side with his wife his whole life. They started Bert’s Locker Cutting in 1956. He loved fishing, camping, wood working, farming, and was a very devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Bert was known for his love of sharing his life-time memories through his stories. He passed away April 14th 2021 and is now with the Lord and reunited with the love of his life, his wife Bev.

Services for Bert are being handled by Brown Mortuary in Morton. A memorial service will be held at Bert's residence at 1:00 pm along with a graveside service at Napavine Cemetery at 2:30 pm. Following the graveside, a reception will be held at Bert's residence at 4:00 pm.

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  • Matt Ketzenberg
  • Adam Ketzenberg
  • Jason Conwell

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Biography

Many things can be said about Bertram Chester Ketzenberg. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive man, his compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing his charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. He was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things he sought to accomplish. Bertram was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around him. He generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

       His parents were Chester and Ella Ketzenberg. When he was young, Bertram's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe him. Even as a child, Bertram demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around him.

      Bertram grew up with seven siblings. Being an older brother to Gloria, Colleen, Geraldine, Darryl, Tom, Linda, and John. Bertram was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with his family. He was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served him well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Bertram carried these traits into his adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found him pleasurable and delightful to be around. Bertram was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those he knew.

      As a young boy, Bertram was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether his peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Bertram could easily relate to other kids. He was an active child who took part in boxing. However, to Bertram, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

       Compassionate and devoted, Bertram worked hard to make his new family happy. He was always generous with his time and this meant that Beverly came first in Bertram’s book. He was always caring and made certain that he considered Beverly’s feelings. By trusting his emotions, Bertram did his best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Bertram was truly a person of empathy.

      Bertram’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good father to his children. Bertram shared these values with his four children, Randy, Ron, Russ, and Cindy. Bertram was also blessed with 11 grandchildren, Josh, Jammie, Adam, Nate, Jason, Jackie, Serena, Candice, Tim, Alicia, and Andrew. Bertram related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved him and he was completely and totally devoted to them.

      Bertram experienced success in his work life over and over again. His primary occupationwas meat cutter, he was self-employed. Bertram always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by his colleagues as a team player. Bertram took pride in managing his professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Bertram was one to take the initiative and his skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Bertram continually sought to learn what his co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled him to help them develop their own potential.

      Bertram was an Army Veteran. He was in the 28th MP co APO 111 stationed in Germany. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Sgt(T)22. He received several awards including a Army Occupation Medal (Germany). His fellow soldiers knew him as being very resourceful and kind. Bertram demonstrated personal initiative and valued these same principles in those with whom he served.

      Because he was organized and methodical, Bertram took great pleasure in his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were fishing, wood working, and yard work. Bertram enjoyed sharing his passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Bertram derived much satisfaction from sports. Because he was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Bertram delighted in the strategy and inner workings of a competition. Bertram was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams' events whenever he got the opportunity, tops on his list were boxing.

      Throughout his life, Bertram was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Bertram was known to his peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Bertram was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting his own needs aside. Bertram’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Bertram’s ability to bring valued principles along with him. Throughout his later years, Bertram was an active member of the District 5 Fire Department and a leader of a Boy scout troop.

      Bertram enjoyed traveling, and because he was so well organized, he would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. His gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Bertram were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included many camping trips.

       Being the focused and organized person that he was, Bertram had taken care to plan for this part of his life. When that time eventually arrived, Bertram knew exactly what he wanted to do. In retirement, he found new pleasure in wood working and yard work. Even in retirement, Bertram continued to stay in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Bertram passed away on April 14, 2021 at St. Peter's Hospital in Lacey, Washington. He is survived by his sister Linda, Brother Dural, children Randy, Cindy and Russ, and grandchildren Josh, Jammie, Adam, Nate, Jason, Jackie, Candice, Serena, Tim, Alicia, and Andrew. A visitation was held at Sticklin Funeral Chapel followed by a service at Bert's house. Bertram was laid to rest in Napavine Cemetery.

      Throughout his life, Bertram was a gregarious and enthusiastic man. He was generous in sharing his personal attributes, giving and helping those he knew and loved. He would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. He was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Bertram leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives he touched will dearly remember Bertram Chester Ketzenberg.