HARRY L. KETCHAM "Tex"
Executive Director/Vice President
Washington Gas Light Company
Career with Washington Gas Light spanning 47 years. Pioneered Natural Gas Exploration throughout Oklahoma, Louisiana, and West Virginia; and instrumental in forming Ravensworth, Rockville, Hampshire and Crab Run Gas Companies. In the early 1940's, promoted education in gas measurement and pressure regulation. Graduate of Texas A&I, magna cum laude, Chemical Engineering, and graduate studies at Maryland University.
Born to Harry and Rose Ketcham on January 4, 1919, their 11th generation in America, he lived 93 fully active years until November 14, 2012. Married 73 years to Frances; father to Marijon (Venglik), Pat, Paul and Kathleen (Berg). Also survived by 10 Grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren who still cherish his devotion and celebration of life.
Organized and coached first Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball and built their fields for 10 years. He was an Eagle Scout. Helped organize local BSA and was a merit badge counselor. Was a founding member of St. Michael's Catholic Church; loved to play Northern Virginia Senior Softball-a 21-year member; and loved singing in two choirs - Wakefield Chorale, and church. Research and wrote a 68 page genealogical history of his family; and entertained all persons fortunate enough to make his acquaintance. A viewing will be held today , Saturday, November 17, 8:30 to 11 a.m. at National Funeral Home, Falls Church, VA; followed by 12 Noon Mass at St. Michael's, Annandale, VA. Burial to follow at National Memorial Park, after the burial everyone is invited to the family home.