Mellette: Keith W. Kettering, 63, of Mellette died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen.
His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Brentford United Church of Christ. The Rev. Jon Damaska will officiate.
After a time for fellowship and lunch, burial will be in the Mellette Cemetery, with military rites.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Thursday, with a 7 p.m. Masonic service, at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield and one hour prior to the service in Brentford.
Keith was born July 17, 1947, in Aberdeen to Allen and Alyce (Smith) Kettering. He grew up in the Mellette/Brentford area and graduated from Brentford High School. Keith also graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings with an agriculture engineering degree. He served in the U.S. Army from 1971-74. He served in Guam and was in a bomb disposal unit. After his discharge, Keith returned to the farm near Mellette. He worked at Midcom in Aberdeen for a few years and then started a cooling and heating business. He most recently was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Minot, N.D.
He was active in the Eastern Star, Masons and Scottish Rite. He also participated in assisting youth 4-H'ers with county photography judging.
Keith is survived by his sister, Joan (Elroy) Limmer, of Silver City, N.M.; his nephews: Scott Kettering of Groton and Shannon Kettering of Minneapolis, Minn.; and his niece, Shellyene Kettering, of Denver, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gerald.