|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1954|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 2012|
Dewey - George Earl Ketchum, 57, city of Bartlesville employee, died Friday. Services pending. Stumpff, Bartlesville. (Tulsa World)
George Earl Ketchum
Went to be with the Lord on August 3, 2012.
George Earl was born Aug. 20, 1954 Tahlequah, Oklahoma to George Talmadge & Violet Irene "Bobbie" (Feathers) Ketchum.
Growing up George lived in several places; Around Tahlequah, Vinita, Bartlesville, Copan, Hayward, California & he graduated High school in Desoto, Kansas. George was the oldest of 7 children.
December 23, 1976 he united in marriage to Norma Lea Pugh, and to this union were born Steven William & David Franklin Ketchum.
On August 20, 1999 he united in marriage to Barbara Elaine Wilson, and to this union were Jacob Allen & Robbie Aaron Ketchum.
George was a devoted employee to the City of Bartlesville for 27yrs and owner of Ketchum Lawn Maintenance for 14 yrs.
George was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved and enjoyed life to the fullest. He enjoyed mowing yards and loved spending week-ends at the lake.
Survivors; his Wife Barbara Elaine and son Robbie Aaron Ketchum of the home, sons Steven William, David Frankin and Jacob Allen Ketchum, 2 brothers; Mark Arnold & Douglas Wayne Ketchum, 3 sisters; Deborah Lynn, Cindy Irene & Connie Sue, 6 grandchildren; Derrick Ladd, Victoria May, Zachary Aaron, Avery Olivia, Harrison George and Lincoln Broderick Ketchum and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents George Talmadge Ketchum, Violet Irene "Bobbie" Feathers and brotherTerry Dale Ketchum
Who George is to me.
George was my world, he was my husband, my best friend and the rock that I leaned on.
George was beautiful person inside and out. He was loving, kind, caring, compassionate, giving of himself, had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back.
George was a loving father and grandfather, loved all four of his sons, Steve, David, Jacob, Robbie and his grandchildren with all of his heart and was so very proud of each and everyone of them.
George was full of love, energy and he enjoyed and lived life to the fullest, and most day's never had a worry in the world, as he would tell me that I done all the worrying for him so he didn't need to.
George was the hardest worker and the best provider that I have ever known. And through hard work and determination most of his dreams became reality.
George wanted to own his own business, and with the help of his father-in-law "Wally" who loaned him a side exchange push mower and a weed-eater became Ketchum Lawn Maintenance. Although he was fired from his very first yard he never gave up and with the help of his brother-in-law Joey Wilson & Mervin Grayson they helped George to full fill a dream and I will always be grateful to both of them. George didn't just have a customer list, George made friends and David Hart & Jack Vardeman he consider as best friends. George never met a stranger and had the gift to gab.
George was able to full fill the biggest dream of his life on May 1st, 2012 when we purchased our retirement home on Horse Creek and he called it our little piece of paradise. George and I met some wonderful people there, but two of them he considered as his new family. As he would get a sparkle in his eye when we would leave, he couldn't wait to hang out with Russell & Melinda.
While at the lake he loved to cook on the smoker, but even more he loved eating the finished product.
George also considered the guy's in sanitation his work family, he spoke of them often and I would like to thank all who knew him for being a special part of his life and most of all for being his friend. Although he's been gone from the city for several years and has past on, George highly respected Bryce Hodges and spoke of him often because Bryce made a tremendous impact in George's life.
George loved football and was a big OU fan, when a game would come on and they were winning people in the next county always knew he was watching. Although he was a big OU fan, he was a big Dewey Dogger fan with his favorite All Star player Robbie Ketchum, and he looked forward to every game.
George and I didn't have the perfect marriage, and truthfully no one does. We had our ups and our downs but we worked through those times, but George & I were blessed in so many ways because we had something that some people never find, George & I had a family, but George & I had each other and knew true love. I know from the bottom of my heart George is in heaven watching over each and everyone and if ever an Angel deserves their wings my George Earl does.
Sweet dreams my angel until we meet again, your baby girl.
My sweet George was even giving after death, he gave the gift of Life to others.
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I will always be grateful to Sue SSBJ for sponsoring George's memorial, she is truly an Angel.
George Talmadge Ketchum (1933 - 2007)
Violet Irene Feathers (1936 - 1998)
Barbara Elaine Martin-Wilson Ketchum (1962 - ____)*
Bear Ketchum (1993 - 2012)*
George Earl Ketchum (1954 - 2012)
Terry Dale Ketchum (1960 - 2012)*
Plot: Section 4, Lot 10, Space 30
Maintained by: Barbara Ketchum
Originally Created by: OkieBran
Record added: Aug 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94780734