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Cornelis Anthony Ketelaar

Cornelis Anthony Ketelaar, 73, Brookings, died May 21, 2002, at his home of cancer.

Mr. Ketelaar was born June 28, 1928, in Amsterdam, Holland. His parents were killed in an accident when he was 3. He was then adopted by the Apon family.

During Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, Mr. Ketelaar and his family were incarcerated as political prisoners of the Nazi regime. Two times he unsuccessfully tried to escape, on his third attempt he escaped from a work detail and made his way home by posing as a German. He then served in the Dutch Army before emigrating to the United States.

On Sept. 18, 1993, he married June E. Brandau in Monument, Colo. They made their home in Monument before moving to Brookings in 1994.

Mr. Ketelaar was employed by Young's Market for 32 years. He was a food service representative and consultant.

In the 1950s he founded American Youth Soccer, which is now a national organization. He also served as a Boy Scout leader for many years. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening. He fluently spoke five languages.

Survivors include his wife, June of Brookings; son and daughter-in-law, Jon Marc and Paula Ketelaar of Orange, Calif.; stepsons, Norman Clark of Whippany, N.J.; Ronnie Clark of Long Beach, Calif.; and William Clark and his wife, Debi, of Long Beach. Also surviving are three step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Robert Ketelaar.

Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.

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