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Obituary of Clarence W. Kettelhut

Clarence W. Kettelhut, the son Albert Kettelhut and Ida (Abelbeck) Kettelhut, was born March 8, 1924 at rural Byron, NE, and passed away on November 9, 2012 at the Blue Valley Lutheran Nursing Home, Hebron, NE at the age of 88 years, 8 months, and 1 day.
Clarence grew up in the Byron area receiving his education in the local public schools and graduating from Byron High School. Clarence was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. Following his schooling, he served with the United States Navy during W. W. II where he was stationed in Hawaii. After his honorable discharge, he returned to the Byron area and farmed in the area his entire lifetime.
On January 12, 1945, he was united in marriage to Betty Lou Artz and one daughter LuAnn came to bless the home. The couple made their home on the family farm for many years until their retirement. They lived in Belleville, KS and Lincoln, NE and spent winters in Mesa, AZ. They had lived in Hebron, NE in recent years.
Clarence was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Byron where he served on the Church Council, and was on the Building Committee when St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was built.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Marlene, and one grandson: Philip Jon.
He is survived by his wife Betty Kettelhut of Hebron, NE and one daughter LuAnn Petropoulos and husband Phil of Rochester, NH; three granddaughters:
Christena, Jessica and Alexandria, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery with Pastors Myron Myers and Connie Raess, officiating.
Interment will follow the services.
Friends may call from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM on Monday at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS.
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
Online condolences and information at
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS is in charge of the arrangements.


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