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Donald Lee Kettler Print E-mail
August 28, 2001 11:00 pm

Donald Lee Kettler, 83, Brookings, died Aug. 15, 2001, in Reno.

Mr. Kettler was born July 12, 1918, in Lomita, Calif., to Henry and Clenna Kettler. He graduated from high school in Patterson, Calif.

He excelled in baseball and was asked to sign a Cincinnati Reds minor league contract, but went to work for the U.S. Postal Service instead.

He married Elsie, June 27, 1942, in Philadelphia.

In 1941, Mr. Kettler enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served during World War II with the Third Division in the Pacific Theater including Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Guam.

He worked as a photographer for The Herald and News in Klamath Falls for 16 years and received numerous awards for his photography. He retired in 1967 and moved to Brookings, where he became involved in salmon fishing. He enjoyed camping, pinochle, rock hounding, golfing and travel.

Survivors are wife, Elsie of Brookings; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Cathey Kettler of Reno, Nev.; daughter, Donna Kettler of Klamath Falls; grandson, Sean Price of Klamath Falls; granddaughter, Christine Price of Mountain View, Calif.; great-granddaughter, Dominique Price of Klamath Falls; sisters, Joyce Smith of Davis, Calif., and Lorraine Snyder of Ukiah, Calif.; brother, Richard Kettler, of Sonoma, Calif.

He was also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by brother, Walter Kettler.

At his request, funeral services will not be held.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donors choice.

 

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