Norma Kettlewell

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FISHERVILLE, Va. — Norma Henry Kettlewell, 84, the beloved wife of John Kettlewell, died on March 27, 2014 at Augusta Health Medical Center in Fishersville, VA surrounded by loving family and care staff. Longtime residents of Huber Heights, Ohio, they had recently moved to Spottswood, VA to live with their eldest daughter. Norma had suffered with congestive heart failure and Parkinson's Disease.

She was born in Findlay, Ohio on June 8, 1929, to Lee and Gretchen Todd Henry, both of whom preceded her in death, as did her brother Dale Henry and her son John Kettlewell II. In addition to her husband of 65 years, she is survived by daughters Jeanne (Tony) Russell of Spottswood and Judy K. Waters of Vandalia, Ohio; daughter-in-law Alix Kettlewell of Brookville, Ohio; grandchildren April (Tony Campbell) Kettlewell, John (Jennifer) Kettlewell III, Jonathon (Mary) Kettlewell and Rebecca Waters; great grandchildren Taylor Abair, Payton Kettlewell, Gage Kettlewell, Brooklynn Campbell, and Jake Miller; and nieces Dee Swartz and Lori Kettlewell.

Norma graduated from Findlay High School and attended community college. She worked for the FBI before moving to Florida to marry her high school sweetheart, John, who was in naval flight school. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed her travel and moving adventures as a military spouse and was always the steady hand that kept the family grounded in their new surroundings. "Nana's" care nurtured several generations.

Norma spent many hours at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center during her 20 years as a Red Cross volunteer. She was a "10 gallon" lifelong blood donor. For 35 years she was a Republican poll worker, precinct captain and club officer. She was elected to the Huber Heights City Council and also served as Vice Mayor. Norma loved her family, friends, animals, volunteer work, dancing, and sewing. A private family celebration of life will be held on the Spottswood farm later this spring.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Riverheads Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 39, Mint Spring, VA 24463 or a . Condolences may be shared at


Published in Huber Heights Courier from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2014