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John Michael Kettering (59)

Our dear brother, John Kettering, finished his work here and returned to God on December 2, 2011. John was born on August 16, 1952 in Inglewood, California. As the story goes, it was a difficult birth, and he was given a 50-50 chance of survival. Through his mother's anguish, she felt a calm come over her, and God say, "It will be all right. His name will be John." From beginning to end, John proved to be a gift to his parents, his sisters and their families, and to all who engaged with him. He had lived with his devoted parents, Joseph and Edith Kettering, in Torrance, CA until they passed away in 2007, when his family moved him to Manassas, VA exactly four years ago to live with his sister, Joelle and her husband, Wayne. John attended Columbia School for developmentally disabled children, and special needs programs in CA and VA. He particularly enjoyed earning money assembling ant farms in one program, making art and acting in plays in another, and cooking at Didlake day program in Manassas. He was such a people person, and his engaging personality and curiosity won over everyone who met him. "Hi, how are ya?", "How many kids you have?", "What kind car you have?" were just the opening questions of a long list. The next time he saw you, he'd remember your answers and ask follow-up ones. And he had a fabulous sense of humor that would crack us all up, including him. John enjoyed everything, once he got over "Oh boy, how we gonna do this". John loved his family, people, pretty women (including game show hostesses, "hubba, hubba"), all music - particularly Dixieland, Elvis and hymns, baseball (the Dodgers), cooking shows, baking cookies, family vacations at Lake Almanor, cross country trips to see relatives, Las Vegas, Disneyland, and his church families at Inglewood First United Methodist Church in CA and at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in VA. John is survived by his loving sisters and their husbands, Joelle and Wayne Jakubowski and Karen and Greg Dimit; his beloved nieces and their husbands, Taylor and Nick Cady and Casey and Cory Bernhards. He is also survived by a loving extended family in Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Chicago, and by many wonderful Los Angeles-based friends and caregivers, especially his long term CA caregivers Carlos Gonzales, Alex Miclat and Jesse Velasco, and best friend Claudia Atkinson. He was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin (d. 1980). While caring for John could be challenging at times, all who took care of him felt blessed by this wonderful soul. He helped us find our better selves, which will be just one of his many legacies. His "Johnny-isms" will be another...A grave-side service will be held on December 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 E. Florence Ave., Inglewood, CA 90301 (www.inglewood parkcemetery.org), with a reception following at First United Methodist Church of Inglewood. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to: First United Methodist Church of Inglewood, 304 E. Spruce Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301, or The Arc, 1660 L Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036 (web donation: www.thearc.org. Follow donate link to Tribute Gifts). Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 10, 2011
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