Donald J. Ketterer

Donald J. Ketterer, 70, went home to be with the Lord on Monday afternoon, August 31, 2009 at Ohio Valley Hospital in McKee’s Rocks, while enjoying the day with his grandchildren and wife

He was born in Ellwood City on February 12, 1939 to the late Karl Wesley Ketterer and the late Grace Fedora Irwin Ketterer.

He graduated from Lincoln High School in the class of 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 until 1964. He met his wife, Susan Marie Jones Ketterer, at a roller skating competition. The two wed on November 22, 1966.

Don was a self-employed hairdresser. He worked in New York City for Charles LaRitz, then moved to Alaska in 1967 where he operated a salon and beauty school. In 1972, he moved back to the area and opened Design 99 in Beaver Falls, which he operated for twenty years until his retirement in 1992.

He loved music and was an accomplished pianist, having played in churches since the age of seven. A man of deep personal faith, he was a member of Word Alive Church in Ellwood City, where he also served as pianist. Don was a selfless man who always put his wife and children before himself. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and two daughters: Kail Wesley (and fiancée Renee Giallorenzo) Ketterer, of Ellwood City; and Brianna Sue (and Chad) Wiech and Aunika Meagan Ketterer, both of Moon Twp. Two grandchildren also survive, Caiden Emanuel and Ayva Grace Wiech, of Moon Twp., as well as two brothers and two sisters: Colleen Agostinelli of Wurtemburg, Margie Hendrickson of Beaver Falls, Kenneth Ketterer of Ellwood City, and David Ketterer of Wurtemburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Ketterer.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue. Additional visitation will be from 10 A.M. until the time of service where we will celebrate Don’s life at 11 A.M. at TURNER’S on Thursday, September 3, 2009 with Pastor Cliff Reynolds of Word Alive Church officiating.

Full military rites will be observed by the Veteran’s Honor Guard on Thursday morning at TURNER’S.

Interment will follow in Fair Oaks Cemetery in New Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in Don’s name, to Susan Ketterer.

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