Kenneth Larry Ketterman
Kenneth Larry Ketterman
  • December 30, 1947 - May 6, 2017
  • Hampton, Virginia

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Ken was born on December 30, 1947 in Elkins, West Virginia and moved to Hampton, Virginia in his youth. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1964 and served in the U.S. Army for three years based in South Korea and Mannheim, Germany. He received a bachelor's degree from Christopher Newport College in 1976.

His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. Ken supported his children and grandchildren by being highly involved in their school and sports activities. He enjoyed fishing and boating in the Hampton River and Chesapeake Bay. In 1994, he received a patent for the invention of a life raft storage and inflation system and retired from the position of Vice President of Hampton Rubber Company in 2014 after thirty years.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Rose M. and Edison L. Ketterman and brother Jerry Ketterman. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Shirley Jean Ketterman; son William Brian Ketterman and wife Laura of Hampton; daughter Elizabeth Ketterman and husband Michael Tucker of Greenville, NC; daughter Katherine Lynn Sheffield and husband Sam of Baltimore, MD; brother Eddie Ketterman and wife Dianne of NC; brother Carl Ketterman and wife Elaine of FL; brother Robert and wife Mary Ann of FL; sister Linda Gori of ME; sister Kathy Smith and husband Mike of Hampton; sister Gayle Hogge of Newport News; sister Alice Massengill of Gloucester; and grandchildren Bonnie and Will Ketterman of Hampton; Charley Sheffield of Baltimore, MD; and Scout Tucker of Greenville, NC.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the charity of your choice.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.