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 Howard George “Bud” Kettler

Howard George “Bud” Kettler

New Bremen, Auglaize County, Ohio, USA
Death 19 Sep 1999 (aged 80)
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 96702261 · View Source
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Howard G. ("Bud") Kettler was a cartoonist for "The Crimson & Gold" school newspaper when he was a junior and senior in New Bremen High School.

In December 1947, Bud resigned his post-war job as postal clerk at the New Bremen Post Office and effective 1/1/1948, he took over management of The Home Printing Company, publishers of "The New Bremen Sun". He became the business manager of the job printing plant and also of The Sun.

On 7/15/1948, the name of the business was changed to The Sun Printing Co. On 9/15/1949, Bud himself was listed as Editor of the paper. Bud built a new concrete block building at the corner of 1st & Walnut Streets, where he conducted the printing business from 9/21/1950 until 10/1/1952 when he sold the business to L.T. Stanley of Cincinnati.

When Bud Kettler sold the Sun in October 1952, he accepted a position as type designer with IBM in Poughkeepsie, New York, having the type and font knowledge that IBM was looking for. In 1955, Bud designed the Courier type style for the type bar typewriter and later, when the IBM Selectric typewriter was created, Courier was adapted for the type ball used in this style typewriter. He also designed the Advocate type style for the Selectric. Of the many type styles Bud designed, he was most proud of designing the Braille font for the IBM Braille Writer, which embossed the paper so that a blind person could feel the typed image and read it. He traveled the world for IBM and also worked closely with the FBI and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on confidential efforts.

One story related by Bud's brother, Bob Kettler, is that IBM designed a typewriter with a 36-inch carriage which typed letters 1 inch high. This typewriter was used to make "prompt cards" for President Eisenhower. Later another such typewriter was made for an official from India after this gentleman saw the one made for President Eisenhower. As an employee of IBM, Bud Kettler was involved in this project.

When asked what he was going to do after retirement, Bud replied, "The first thing I have planned is to design my own headstone in a new typestyle." When asked what it would say, he replied, "You'll have to come visit me to find out!" Howard G. ("Bud") Kettler passed away on September 13, 1999 in Lexington, Kentucky, just days after his 80th birthday.

[From "The Towpath" – January 2000]


2nd spouse: Gwendolyn Page (died 2005)

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