Ralph W. Kettell Steel mill foreman


A Liturgy of the Resurrection with Holy Eucharist for Ralph W. Kettell, retired general foreman of the hot strip mill at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point, will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 6400 Belair Road.

Mr. Kettell, who was 81 and lived on Ray Mar Avenue in Gardenville, died Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice after a stroke.

He retired in 1972 after 37 years at the steel mill, where he also was a founder and the first president of the Six and Eight Club, a retirement group for supervisors in the hot strip mill. He had earlier worked at the Standard Oil Co. refinery in Canton.

Born in Baltimore, he was a 1928 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and also attended the University of Baltimore.

A former senior warden at St. Matthias Church, to which he belonged for more than 50 years, he was also a former president of two former diocesan groups, the Episcopal Brotherhood and the Episcopal Bowling league.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ellen Louise Barrett; a daughter, Nadine B. Kettell-Osborn of Oakville, Ontario; a brother, H. Wallis Kettell of Dundalk; and a grandson and two great-grandchildren.

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