Christ The King Catholic Church
Thursday January 2nd, 2014
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Frank KettlerFrank Kettler, 77 of Mobridge and formerly of Webster died on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at his home in Mobridge. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Christ The King Catholic Church in Webster. Burial will be at St. Otto’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home in Wednesday 2-4 P.M. then moving to the church until 8 P.M. with a 7 P.M. Rosary. Frank Kettler was born on August 20, 1936 to Frank and Emma (Opitz) Kettler at Webster, South Dakota. His father died tragically before his birth He was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eden where the family continued to live for about a year before moving to Webster. He was confirmed at St. Otto’s Catholic Church in Webster, he attended St. Otto’s Parochial elementary school and then graduated from Webster High School in 1955. He entered the U.S. Navy where he served on several European cruises and on different carriers as an aircraft mechanic. After his honorable discharge he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he lived a short time and then returned to the Webster area. On October 6, 1962 he was united in marriage to Lauretta Saga also of Webster. The couple made their home in Webster where he was a Deputy Sherriff until 1966 when they purchased the Polka Dot Bar in Webster. Along with operating a successful business he worked full-time as an agent for Hyman Freightways, a freight delivery company and then selling the bar in 1980. Lauretta passed away in June 1981. He then worked for Dakotah, Inc. until the company closed in 1996 and he semi-retired. Not one to sit around, he hauled newspapers to area towns for the Aberdeen American News along with delivering several motor and walking routes. While maintaining his courier responsibilities he also took on the privilege of delivering Meals on Wheels in Webster and neighboring towns and was also employed as a certified driver for the community transit service, transporting adults and children around the town of Webster. He enjoyed this position greatly along with the relationships he developed with his many patrons. He moved to Mobridge in October 2011 where he was an active follower of his grandchildren and took great pride in watching them compete in both sporting and singing events. One to rarely eat a meal at home, he enjoyed dining out and treating his family and friends whenever they could join him. Frank passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Mobridge, South Dakota at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 6 days. Survivors include two sons, Tony (Connie) Kettler of Rapid City, SD and Jesse Hangge of Webster, SD; two daughters, Tori Kettler of Aberdeen, SD and Traci (Jerome) Greger of Mobridge, SD; one brother, James Kettler of St. Paul, MN; one sister, Sister Joan Kettler of Mankato, MN; a brother-in-law, James Anderson of Rapid City, SD; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sisters and infant twin brothers.
I am so sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I remember him as a warm, kind, friendly - with a really big smile. Getting to go to the Polka Dot with my dad (Roman Kettler) was a very big treat, indeed. He will be missed! Much love to all the family. Rita (Kettler) Holland
Rita Holland Jan 7 2014 12:00 AM
So surprised to hear Frank has passed. I would have liked to be at his funeral but only found out after the event so send my sympathy now. I remember him mostly when he was still a "older" boy at his mom's house in Webster. He was always busy then too as he was though out his life it seems. Proud to call him my cousin.
Carolyn Kettler Juvland Jan 7 2014 12:00 AM
I always enjoyed Frank. After Rita and John and I had sung "500 Miles" at the Day County Fair (in 1965 I think) we all went to the Polka Dot and he treated us. We sat in the first "big" bench as I remember. This is only one wonderful memory. Frank was an honorable and kind man who will be missed by many! (Donna Kettler, daughter of Roman and Martha Kettler)
Madonna Kettler Jan 6 2014 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember that Mom and Dad (Roman and Martha Kettler) had a very special fondness for Frank. I liked Frank very much, too. He was a big, powerful and kind 8th grade cousin/big brother to me when I was a 1st grade boarder at St. Otto's. I was always happy to "happen" to see him. It was so pleased to see him in Peever at the Opitz reunion a few years ago. Thank you again, Frank. So many of us will miss you. Mary/ Tessie Kettler Curtis
Mary/Tessie Kettler Curtis Jan 6 2014 12:00 AM
Sending many thoughts and prayers to Tori, Tony, Traci and Jesse at your time of loss. May God grant you His peace and envelope you in His loving arms of comfort and may family and friends provide love and support in the days ahead.
The Bob Bullert Family Jan 2 2014 12:00 AM
Many great memories of Frank. He will be missed. Served alot of Iced Tea to Frank over the years. I had to chuckle when it said that Frank liked to eat out. Frank was definitely in the Pereboom's Cafe Customer Hall of Fame. I think everyone who has had the pleasure of waiting on Frank, could agree that he was one of our favorite customers. I also remember when we would go down the the cafe for breakfast after the bar closed and Frank would always roll up to drop off the papers in the middle of the night. We will miss you Frank. Will meet you in Heaven for a T-Bone steak someday.
Jesse Pereboom Jan 1 2014 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of your loss of Frank. While working at Dakotah in Webster we shared many laughs and stories. He was always there to help out and lend a helping hand.
Georgie Olson Harper Jan 1 2014 12:00 AM
Tori, Tory, and Traci, I certainly loved my Uncle Frank. He will be missed! Just think, he will meet his dad for the first time and be reunited with the love of his life, your sweet mom. I wish I could be there in Webster for his happy send off. I will be there in spirit! Do y'all remember when we came to Webster once and Frank took us to Dakotah and the outlet store? I bought bedding and window treatments for everyone. We even stuffed the pillows in the windows of the car. It took Tony, Courtney, and Ashley sitting and bouncing on the trunk to close it!! Forget clean undies on the way back to Memphis! All that fine polyester fiberfill kept us from opening that trunk. Frank was howling. He was such a good sport. I know St. Jude Hospital here in Memphis was so dear to him that he made donations in Lauretta's name to help find a cure for childhood cancer. We will honor them both with a donation. God Bless you all my dear family. Love and Peace, Nancy, Courtney, and Ashley Adair
Nancy Adair Jan 1 2014 12:00 AM
Tony, Tori, Traci and Jesse, I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Frank, driving to boys BB/football games, his sense of humor, and the Polka Dot! Thoughts and prayers with you all! Cyndi (Gebur) Rineck
Cyndi (Gebur) Rineck Dec 31 2013 12:00 AM
Frank was a great man and neighbor to have, he will be greatly missed.
Jim am d Sandy Ackerman Dec 31 2013 12:00 AM