Hal Ketchum
DIED
November 23, 2020
Hal Ketchum was a country music star known for the song "Small Town Saturday Night."

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Published by Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on Nov. 24, 2020.
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O so sad I was a fan of his /He will always be remember by me n so many others
Pamela Jacobs
Acquaintance
February 22, 2021
Your music was a inspiration to me to continue my musical ambition. Bless your inspiration to many others.
Ronald Carbonneau
Friend
January 24, 2021
WARREN GREEN
January 23, 2021
What a beautiful singer and a decent man....God rest him....from Tony Hahessy in Ireland
January 23, 2021
To young to go. What a beautiful man. One of the best singers I’ve ever heard, and so handsome. Wonderful writer,wonderful expression with words. The best singer that ever was. We will certainly miss your presence
Patricia Hatmaker
January 19, 2021
I found you to late my friend, I wish I could have seen you in your prime. I wish I could have met you in person. I love all your music Mr. Ketchum, it has made a real difference in my life, when ever I hear it I go back in time. You will never be forgotten, you made a difference in this world. God bless you and your family, Rest In Peace my friend.
Jp Alise
January 19, 2021
My young daughter introduced the family to a singing sensation at an early age. Although she will be saddened at the loss of one of her favorites, she will relive his music again and again.
Judith Flowers
January 17, 2021
We will miss this special friend!
Betse Grassby
Friend
January 14, 2021
I consider myself to be lucky to have met him and attended many of his concerts. We was a beautiful man, with a gorgeous voice, and so much talent. The world has lost both a wonderful, kind, decent man and an amazing talent. I will miss him for the rest of my days.
Donna Repsher
Friend
January 14, 2021
My wife and I fell in Love with Hal from the first hearing of "Threadbare Alibis" so many, many years ago. His appearance on Austin City limits doing "Past the Point of Rescue" blew us away and I have been trying to locate it for years. My wife has a few heartwarming memories of Hal/Hek walking with her in Northampton, Ma and his dear Aunt. We will both miss him and I can't believe I did not hear of his passing until now. Damn, I really liked the guy.
john repsher
Acquaintance
January 14, 2021
After Hal had put on a great show at "Strings in the Mountains," a music festival in Steamboat Springs, CO, founded and run by my wife, we drove him out to the local airport to catch a flight to his next gig. But his flight had just been cancelled--a not unusual occurrence with high altitude mountain airports in fair weather and foul. He wound up hanging with us for another 24 hours until another flight was able to depart. During that time, we ate exceptionally well, threw knives--neither of us was very good at it (he swore he was better at throwing hatchets, but we didn't have a lot of those lying around), we had a lot of laughs, and developed a special friendship that endured until his passing. What a great guy, what a gifted singer-song writer, what a wonderful friend. You split way too soon and are hugely missed, brother.
John Grassby
Friend
January 14, 2021
Saw him at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA and he was so sweet when I told him about my son, a combat vet who lost both legs above the knee on his 3rd tour of Iraq in 2007 and suffers greatly with PTSD. He very gently kissed my cheek. When Andrea wrote that Hal was coming in from the road because of the dementia, my heart just broke. You all have been in my prayers and heart and there you all will abide.
Deborah Morris
Friend
January 4, 2021
My daughter is a DJ on a local station in Potsdam,NY.She new how much I loved listening to Hal.She would play Small Town Saturday Night for me.She would always say my Mom’s favorite singer.I will never forget you.I have seen Hal in concerts.I loved seeing him in person.He is now with God in heaven.Mary J Dobson
Mary Dobson
Friend
January 3, 2021
I am very sorry for your loss.I loved Hal Ketchum and his music very much.RIP Hal
Mary Dobson
Friend
January 3, 2021
Had the pleasure of seeing you a number of times, great songwriter. Time to rest with your maker now. Thank you for the memories.
Greg Mann
Friend
December 31, 2020
voice of an angel...spirit of kindness.....simplicity of soul.....Hal Ketchum
Judith McKinnon
Acquaintance
December 23, 2020
I just watched the video clip of 'A Simple Prayer', from 1995, and it reminds me to say a simple prayer of gratitude this Christmas for the gift of his simple but beautiful music and lyrics, and that magnificent voice.
Bob Nickeson
December 21, 2020
I heard you play live a few times and talked with you once. You were a big influence on me at the time. Now you are sharing your Angelic voice with the Angel. Go in peace and love my friend.
JODY PETROSKI
Acquaintance
December 20, 2020
Sincere condolences to the family, many, many friends, and fans of this wonderful man Hal Ketchum, know for his hit song "Small Town Saturday Night." May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. May Almighty God in the Heavens comfort your hearts with peace and loving kindness as you cope with this precious loss in your lives. Thank you for Hal's contribution to the country music industry.
Tony
December 18, 2020
A great musician. He is missed.
December 17, 2020
I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this this time in your life. Thessalonians 4:14For if we have faith that Jesus died and rose again, so too God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in death through Jesus.
December 15, 2020
My daughter and I met Hal on June 16, 1995 at the Reedsburg Butter Festival in Reedsburg, WI. He recognized my daughter right a way from all the letters and pics she sent him thru his fan club. He was so easy to talk to and loved to give hugs. In '97 my daughter was in the hospital in Janesville, WI, and I kept in touch with his fan club about her. He surprised my daughter at the hospital and no one knew he was going to do it. He spent 2 hours with my daughter, talking and played for her. When his fan club shut down we lost touch with him.
In 2018 my daughter's fiance found Hal and called him. Hal contacted my daughter and we had been keeping in contact with him up until his death. We went to see him in Stoughton, WI on Nov. 16, 2018, and when we got there they exchanged our tickets for 1st row seats. We found out later that Hal had it arranged for us to have 1st row seats and to see him after the show. We didn't get the chance to see him after the show, but just seeing him on stage was better than not seeing him at all.
Hal, we will always love you and miss you. R.I.P my friend! God Bless!❤
Terri Griffith
Friend
December 14, 2020
My sincere condolences to your family
Faye jenkins
Friend
December 12, 2020
I purchased tickets to see Hal in Fargo, ND in the 90's. Due to illness they substituted Toby Keith for Hal. I love Toby, but have been devestated to never have been able to see Hal in concert. I LOVED your music. May God bless you and rest in peace.
Kari Anderson
Acquaintance
December 7, 2020
The 26th April 2009 was the highlight of my life but also a very low point. That night I saw Hal In concert in the Civic Centre in Wolverhampton UK. I was so excited to see him in concert. Unfortunately I didn't get to stay til the end as I got a call to say my mum had passed away suddenly. I couldn't listen to Hal's music for about 18 months as it brought back all those sad memories. I did however get back into his music as was in a friend's car and a song came on the radio and I couldn't be ignorant and ask for it to be turned off. I grew to love his music again. Rest in peace hal and of you see my mum up there in heaven, say hi to her.
Steven Doyle
December 5, 2020
The 26th April 2009 was the highlight of my life but also a very low point. That night I saw Hal In concert in the Civic Centre in Wolverhampton UK. I was so excited to see him in concert. Unfortunately I didn't get to stay til the end as I got a call to say my mum had passed away suddenly. I couldn't listen to Hal's music for about 18 months as it brought back all those sad memories. I did however get back into his music as was in a friend's car and a song came on the radio and I couldn't be ignorant and ask for it to be turned off. I grew to love his music again. Rest in peace hal and of you see my mum up there in heaven, say hi to her.
Steven Doyle
December 5, 2020
I met hal one time as a pharmacist at Harris teeter. Struck me as being a very nice guy. My best west wishes to his family May he rest in peace My favorite song was Small town Saturday nite..
Stephen Jacks
Acquaintance
December 4, 2020
Hal will always be the man.
JH
Jordan Hubbard
Acquaintance
December 3, 2020
He was the greatest singer country music has ever known. So soothing and comforting. His songs had so much depth and celebrated life at its best. I will sadly miss him. I truly loved his music. So many memories .
Sandra
Acquaintance
December 2, 2020
I , REMEMBERED SEEING HAL IN THE MOVIE MAVERICK WITH BOTH MEL GIBSON AND DANNY GLOVER FROM , ALL FOUR LETHAL WEAPON MOVIES ........ ENJOY , YOUR EARLY HOLIDAYS TO YOU !!!!!!!!!! BROTHER #1 #14 #12 & 16 FROM , EVERYBODY AT BYRON'S BAR AND GRILLE RESTAURANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOHN 2:02-2:07-2:25-3:23-3:14 ????????????????????? MARK 1:08-1:11 !!!!!!!!!!!! MATTHEW 26:01-26:75 !!!!!!!!!!! & CORINTHIANS 1:11:20-1:11:34 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CHEF ASHLEY DUFFY
December 2, 2020
I saw him play in Syracuse, he was incredible and lived up to my expectations. His lyrics were heartfelt and touched millions, country music truly lost one of its greatest artists. RIP Hal, you're in a better place now with God.
Heather
December 2, 2020
I had my first kiss when "Small Town Saturday Night " was playing on the radio, he was such a great artist. I remember seeing him play live, it was magical and he talked to us afterwards . To his family, Hal was the best country singer ever, and words cannot express what he meant to me. I thank him for sharing a part of himself and making so many memories.
Sharon Armstrong
December 2, 2020
Condolences to his family and loved ones. He will be missed.

His voice and music were soothing to a person's soul. The angels are one voice stronger now.

On the Wings of Dove......
Joy
Family
December 2, 2020
I was just heart broken to hear of Hal’s passing so soon after his benefit concert last feb at Gruene hall. He was my all time favorite singer His velvety smooth voice always soothes me. It’s so sad he has passed but we still have his wonderful music to enjoy for generations to come! There will never be another Hal Ketchum! I know he is entertaining them all in heaven with his gift! God speed Hal Ketchum! You will be forever missed by so many ❤
Debbie Rust
December 1, 2020
My condolences to Hal's family on his passing. I've loved his music since the first time I heard it on the radio. His music touched the hearts of many and will be truly missed. Rest in peace Hal amongst the angels!
Cheryl Camp
December 1, 2020
Hal,
You would always sign your autograph with Peace, now I'm sending it back to you.
Peace,
Kath
Kath Dumont
Friend
December 1, 2020
We are going to miss your story's
Lu Petrey
Acquaintance
December 1, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear that Hal Ketchum died, he was such a great country singer and I love some songs he sang especially "Small Town Saturday Night" since he mentions the names "Bobby & Lucy" which are the names of my mother and father and what he says about them are how they actually are and some aren't, small world, well God Bless you Hal and I'll keep you in my thought and prayers and think of your great voice on the songs you sang
Michael Nicolai
Friend
December 1, 2020
Heide H.
Friend
November 30, 2020
Hal's music was the soundtrack of my life in Nashville back in the early 1990s... I was a songwriter trying to make it big, and his music was so inspirational. I served him a sandwich one day at Mosko's deli, and he was such a nice guy. I never could hear "I Know Where Love Lives" without crying, and now I never will.
Heide H.
Friend
November 30, 2020
I LOVED Hal Ketchum. This breaks my heart that he left this life way too early. My sympathy to his family. May he find peace in Heaven.
Sandra Sumner
November 30, 2020
James Owens
November 29, 2020
I am so very sad for the Ketchum family. He was well loved by all. I will miss seeing him in concert. He has meant so much to me since I first was introduced to him and his music in 1992. I pray for Andrea, Hal's children, and family during this time of such sorrow.
Sandi Douglas
Friend
November 29, 2020
Hal, “”Past The Point Of Rescue” is my ALL Time favorite song,I-will miss you but still playing your songs, Brilliant song writer. Saw you live at, Bear Creek.
Carolyn Yale
Friend
November 29, 2020
Great singer, one of a kind, A true gem,that we, will never, have again.His lyrics, were genuine, they made, you, stop, what, you were doing, and take, a listen.vHal, was good friends, with my older brother, Don Carlisle. I remember, being, a kid, and seeing Hal, with, his guitar .Like the song says, who"s gonna fill, there shoes???? George Jones sang it. Rest in peace,God take care of Hal. I will, meet you, on the other side, singing in heaven. My prayers , to the Ketchum Family, much peace. Also, to Andrea.....God Bless...
Debbie Holst
Friend
November 29, 2020
Peace and comfort to the family for your loss. So sorry please accept my condolences. God be with the family.
L V
November 29, 2020
My condolences to the Ketchum family, so very sorry for your loss, may God be with all of you to give you comfort and strength at this most difficult time.
November 28, 2020
Rest in peace, Hal Ketchum. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of a great man.

I was grateful to be able to listen to this kind & generous singer perform in a tiny venue in NH some years ago now.
His music will live on in our hearts.
Patrick Foss
November 28, 2020
My wife loves Hal Ketchum's song writing and singing skills. She turned me on to Hal Ketchum.

I cannot hear "Small Town Saturday Night" without thinking about our small town of Devine Texas (approximately 4,400 residents). The same goes for my wife who was born and raised in Devine (1946-1965) and experienced the "Small Town" activities set forth in the song.

May Hal Ketchum rest in the Hands of the Lord forever.
John Rosenthal
November 28, 2020
My deepest sympathy to The Ketchum family. I've loved listening to Hal's music for years. His voice was and always will be soothing during tough times and also uplifting in good and bad times. I feel like I've lost a dear friend. I learned to two step to many of his songs. My boyfriend at the time was his biggest fan. He took up dancing after suffering a heart attack and his uncle told him to start dancing. He found Hal and said his music saved him from despair. My Mom passed from Alzheimers. I know the heartache of losing someone before they're actually gone. I will pray for all of you and I believe Hal is making music again on the biggest stage ever. My deepest condolences. MHAMEL
Mary HAMEL
Friend
November 28, 2020
Some can't think of nothing better
Than to live this life forever
I never wanted no more than was mine And to lay down someday and go home With a satisfied mind. Prayers and condolences to your family and friends.
Stephanie
Acquaintance
November 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. The best country music singer of all time! Thanks for the fun and memories Hal!
Michael Thomson
Acquaintance
November 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. The best country music singer of all time in my opinion. Thanks for all of the great music and memories Hal!
MJ Thomson
Acquaintance
November 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. The best country singer to ever bless us with his music!
MJ Thomson
November 28, 2020
I loved Hals music R I P Hal tell all in Heaven I say hi, God Bless your family, thiking of all of them. Connie
Connie Wendelboe
November 28, 2020
Saw him at coyote Joe's in Charlotte. Loved his version of five oclock world. Thanks for the memories and music. Rip
Shannon A Adcock
Acquaintance
November 28, 2020
So sorry to the family for your loss. Please accept my condolences. May God grant you peace and comfort.
Steele
November 28, 2020
RIP Mr Ketchum. You were a great music artist and you will be sadly missed! I’m praying for you and your family
Steven Beutel
Friend
November 27, 2020
You were a gifted songwriter. I met you hearing “Past the Point of Rescue”. Your song”I Know Where Love Lives” is a beautiful love song. I had a secret crush on you. I am sorry for all your suffering, but I know you are happy, joyful, singing to our Lord, and writing more songs.
I will miss you and the new songs u would have written. Enjoy Heaven. You gave me and so many such joy.
Marsha West
Friend
November 27, 2020
Loved your music. It got me through many troubling times. May your faamily, friends and fans all find peace. Rest easy sir
cliff hanselmann
November 27, 2020
To the family and friends, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. At this difficult time, may God comfort you and may your memories stay close to your heart.
Ary
Neighbor
November 27, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Hal two times. The first is after he and his full band performed at the Alameda County Fair - maybe 15 years ago. It was an amazing show that nobody wanted to end. After, he sat with his legs hanging over the stage, talking to all of us and signing autographs for 45 mins. I was hooked.

The second time was in Berkeley, California. Just Hal and Kenny Grimes. Again, he stood outside on the street with us. He chatted as if we’d known him for years. I will never forget his kindness.

He meant so much to me, and I’m still weeping. His family must be so overcome with sadness. His voice was so sweet, crystal clear and pure. The memory of this thoughtful man with the spectacular voice will always be with me.
Ken Bobek
Acquaintance
November 27, 2020
My condolences to the family. May the God of Comfort, continue to Comfort the family, during these difficult times.
November 27, 2020
I always loved his voice, as well as his looks, and must have played 'Five O'Clock World', 'I Know Where Love Lives'....and others he sang, hundreds of times. Wondered why I never heard more from him over the decades. His voice was fantastic...my favorite above so many others more famous.
Never knew of his health struggle 'til now.
LaNell
Acquaintance
November 27, 2020
Sending prayers out to Hal’s wife, children, and grandchildren. Hal was an original and a warm and authentic artist. His legacy and music will live on. I know he must be free of pain and playing with fellow great artists in heaven. It was a pleasure to meet you, and see you play in person on several occasions.

Andrea Wooldridge
Acquaintance
November 27, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort the family during this extremely difficult time.
November 27, 2020
I'll always remember driving around listening to Small Town Saturday Night. I have so many memories to that song, hearing it always makes me nostalgic. His lyrics were heartfelt and spoke to everyday people, I'll never forget him. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us. You touched people more than you'll ever know.
Susan Williams
November 27, 2020
He was such a gifted and talented songwriter, I was listening to his songs and heard he passed away. I am deeply saddened and am so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember him with such fond memories. Country music lost one of their great ones, he will be greatly missed. May God comfort and provide you with strength and peace of mind during your time of loss.
Eric Monroe
November 27, 2020
To the family,

I wanted to extend my condolences for your loss. Please know that God is a true source of comfort and strength and he will heal the broken hearted. (Ps. 147:3) Cherish the wonderful memories!
November 27, 2020
Hal....the voice of velvet.
My heart aches...you left too soon!
You will be missed ever so.
Stacey Bajdan
Acquaintance
November 27, 2020
Hal....the voice of velvet.
My heart aches...you left too soon!
You will be missed ever so.
Stacey Bajdan
Acquaintance
November 27, 2020
My condolences to the family. It's always hard loosing the people we love. God Bless Hal!
Colleen L DeJohn
Friend
November 24, 2020
My condolences.
November 26, 2020
"Small Town Saturday Night" was one of those songs that got me interested in country music & dancing in the early 1990's. I remember driving through small towns on vacation in Arizona with that song playing, will always love Hal for that. Very nostalgic.
Nicos Elias
November 26, 2020
Good music sad rip
Bj Parrott
November 26, 2020
My condolences to the family. May you cherish the wonderful times together. you will be missed always. God be with the family.
November 26, 2020
I have always Loved Hal's music and will listen to it till my passing day.

My heart goes out to his family at this time.
Christine Roose
Friend
November 26, 2020
Your music touched many with the lyrics of your fun and heart felt songs. May you dance and sing with the angels free from pain.
Linda Krenn
Friend
November 26, 2020
Hal Ketchum was a very talented song writer with an amazing voice. I have been a fan since the 80’s and had the great pleasure of meeting him. May he Rest In Peace and my deepest condolences go out to Andrea, the rest of the family and all his friends. ❤
Stephanie Ellis
Stephanie Ellis
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
you will be missed
jerry patton
November 25, 2020
Hal, you will always live in my house. Your voice soothes my soul. I have loved you from DAY 1 and I am so thankful I saw you in Franklin, Tennessee on March 3, 2017...a night I will cherish forever. I am praying for your family. My world will not be the same without you. You were one of a kind. I love you so!

Donna Stone
Alabaster, Alabama
Donna Stone
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
So honored to experience Hal in a live acoustic set a few years back i. Bakersfield Ca, at Buck Owen's Crystal Palace. He will be missed . True entertainer and an A+ performer. Love you Hal. Rest easy
Joe Choate
November 25, 2020
Such a terrible disease. So sorry your family had to go through this. Wishing you peace, especially at this time of year.
Jane Raymond
November 25, 2020
Saw him play in Ireland a long time ago and he was just brilliant.
Off stage he was a gentleman,
May his soul rest in piece. Prayers said for Hal's family and friends
His music will live for ever.
Robert Clarke
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
He was awesome, not only as a signer/songwriter but as a human being. I never get tired of hearing his soft oice. I was listening him in my car just yesterday!!!!!!!! (before I found out he had passed away.
Caryl Lucas
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
I met Hal shortly after he came to Nashville at Moondog Music studio. Then attended his first gold party on my first date with a girl who is now my wife of 27 years! Thank you for everything Hal Ketchum.
Ed Cooper
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt condolences to the family's..
November 25, 2020
Although I never knew you personally, I could feel your spirit through the songs you wrote and the characters within those songs, you wrote songs about the hopes, dreams, heartaches, fears and the human vulnerabilities of the average working man and woman . Thank you for the mark you left on this earth and in my heart. RIP
Frank Moore
November 25, 2020
So talented and gifted, he was my all time favorite songwriter. I have so many memories of his songs, I can't believe he's gone. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us, you were the best. I'm praying that the God of all comfort gives your family the strength to endure this especially difficult time. I send my sincere condolences to them.
Heather Smith
November 25, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Ketchum family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss
TD
November 25, 2020
Thanks for the music you have made a great music, my condolences to your family and friends.
Felicia Sharon Yates
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
Hal Ketchum RIP you lived your life making people smile hearing you sing, now you have sadly passed you will still make people happy hearing you tunes.
Tom Byrne
November 25, 2020
Carol Sivadge
November 25, 2020
So sad to lose another great talent this year. I look forward to the time when no one will die due to sickness. My condolences to his family and friends.
November 25, 2020
“I Know Where Love Is”— it is with this very talented, country cool, sexy man, who will continue to inspire many through his music.
RIP Hal
Lucy
November 25, 2020
rip hal ketchum
james davis
November 25, 2020
I am sad that Hal Ketchum has died. His songs will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Jill Brown
November 25, 2020
He is going to be very miss he is a very great country singer listen to his music for years and sorry for the lost to his love ones and his country family and to all his country fans.
Gregg McMahan
November 25, 2020
What can I say?...the man was great!...Hal, thank you for your music and my deepest condolences to his family. R.I.P.
John McConnell Concord, N.H.
Acquaintance
November 25, 2020
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends.
May you all be comforted by the “ the God of all comforts “ who is ever ready and willing to comfort us in all our trying periods.
Ginna & Rossy
November 25, 2020