"Coach" William R. Ketchum
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Port St. John, FL
"Coach" William R. Ketchum, 83, father and grandfather, passed away September 14, 2013 in his home surrounded by friends and family.
Bill "Coach" was born on January 4, 1930 to the late Hugh and Dilla Ketchum in Wayne, West Virginia. He served in the United States Navy for fours year before going off to school. Coach graduated with his master's degree from Marshall University thanks to his sister Helen Matthews.
He then came to Brevard County in August 1967 where he was the dean at Madison Middle School and later retired as Assistant Principal at Astronaut High School.
Bill was a devoted husband for 53 years. He dedicated the last ten years of his life to caring for his son, Franky, with Down Syndrome.
Bill "Coach" is survived by his son, Mike (Belinda) Ketchum of Greensboro, N.C.; daughter, Kathy (Dan) Herbst of Merritt Island, FL.; son, Franky Ketchum of Port St. John, daughter, Jamie Ketchum of Bradenton, FL.; sister, Helen Matthews and beloved niece, Elaine Young of Wayne, West Virginia; grandchildren, Charlie, Sissy, Kenny, and Joey of Merritt Island, FL., Matt and Lilly of Greensboro, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara and brother George Ketchum.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2 pm at Grace United Methodist Church of Merritt Island.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to continue restoration on his home where his son, Franky, will continue to live with assistance . To find out more information how you can help, go to www.facebook.com/totalhomeroofing You may sign Coach's guest book at www.beckmanwilliamson.com
Beckman Williamson Funeral Home
101 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Sept. 22, 2013