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Ketchum, Jesse Leroy

Ketchum, Jesse Leroy

August 20, 1931 — December 17, 2022

Jesse Leroy Ketchum, 91, of Kansas City, Missouri went home to be with his Lord Saturday morning, December 17, 2022, while residing in St. Louis, Missouri due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

The son of Jesse McCain and Anna Maude (Tadlock) Ketchum, he was born on August 20, 1931 in Memphis, Missouri.

In 1953, Jesse graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia and then served in the Air Force in South Carolina. It is there he met the love of his life, and married, Helen Juanita Evans, on April 28, 1956. Married for 66 years, he will be remembered for his loving and faithful dedication to her and their three children: Karen, Terry and Kim.

He had a long career with the Federal Land Bank in St. Joseph, Missouri where he was President until he took a leave of absence in 1980 to work on a project in Egypt for four years. Upon returning to the United States, he resumed work for a few years at the Federal Land Bank in St. Louis, Missouri and retired to Mesa, Arizona. He and Juanita spent 17 years in Mesa where they continued their love of travel which included more short-term overseas projects. Jesse also was a bus driver for the Mesa School District and obtained his real estate license as well.

In 2006 they eventually moved to Liberty to enjoy being closer to family and friends. It is here their adventures continued with leisure travel, winters in Arizona, trips with grandkids and hosting many families and friends at their home. They especially enjoyed the times with friends playing cards and dominos. Jesse spent many years here locally as a volunteer at Liberty Hospital.

Wherever they lived, Jesse was a faithful Christian and active church member.  A quiet and honorable presence in the lives of those who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents “Mack” and Anna Maude, his brother, Dean Ketchum; brother-in-law, Bob Kutzner and brother-in-law, Wayne Mathes.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Juanita of St. Louis, MO; son, Terry Ketchum and Mary Sadler of Kansas City, MO; two daughters: Kim (Ron) Sickels of Liberty, MO, and Karen Underwood of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren: Tara Ketchum of Kansas City, MO, Ryan (Trish) Underwood of St. Louis, MO, Matthew (Alicia) Underwood of St. Louis, MO, Casey Underwood and husband Nick Hanger of St. Louis, MO; great-grandchildren: Macklin, Miles, Riley and Tate; a sister: Anna Jean Mathes of Bolivar, MO; sister-in-law: Ruth Ketchum of Mesa, AZ; along with multiple nieces and nephews and their families.

Visitation will begin at 1:30 pm, followed by a service celebrating Jesse’s life at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO.  A private burial was held in Memphis, Missouri on December 21, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials at Gideons International or to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 1:30 pm, followed by a service celebrating Jesse’s life at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO.  A private burial was held in Memphis, Missouri on December 21, 2022.

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Juanita, you and your family are in my prayers for the comfort and strength our Holy Spirit will bring in the days ahead.

Linda Wiese

Jesse was a wonderful volunteer at Liberty Hospital. He was so kind and helpful to all those he came in contact with. I appreciated the years he spent volunteering in patient registration.

Jean Moorefield

Jesse We valued your friendship immensely. We love Juanita and will continue to be close to her. Our memories of both of you are precious to us. We will miss you.

Buzz and Jenny Williams

You are so loved Uncle Jesse and we are already looking forward to our reunion! Glory to God! 🤗 You will be missed down here. Much love-

Randy & Amy Jo Ketchum

Uncle Jesse……. You are a Man of God that I will always hold in high esteem. Your service to God, His church, your country, your family, friends, neighbors and those in need has influenced me a great deal. Your giant bear hugs and humble demeanor will be greatly missed. I’m looking forward to seeing you again along with Dad and many others. Thank you for being a great inspiration and a man of high moral character for us all. I’m blessed to have known you and even more blessed to be your nephew. Your legacy will be your family and those you have helped and influenced for generations to come. ❤️ Much Love - Steve

Steve Ketchum – Dana Essary Ketchum & kids

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