Jacob “Jake” Peter Ketler


Jacob (Jake) Peter Ketler went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on June 25, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta, just one month after his 91st birthday.
Jake was pre-deceased by his infant son, Walter, his parents, and his siblings – Cornelius, Henry, David and Olga.
He is survived by Margaret, his wife of almost 66 years; three daughters – Verna (Bob) Duncan, Luella (Sid) Downer and Sylvia (Dwight) Chmiliar; nine grandchildren – Darren Duncan, Allison (Mike) Gratz, Laurie Duncan and Peter Duncan, Cheryl Cable (Dave Bencsik), Shelley (Dan) Cronin, Joe (Deedee) Blackerman, Nick Blackerman and Tony (Stacey) Trudel; eleven great grandchildren – Theo, Zoe and Felicity Gratz, Chloe Bencsik, Hannah and Hailey Cronin, Chiara, Siera and Taliah Blackerman, Savannah Blackerman and Artemis Trudel. He was also blessed with several step- grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Additionally, he leaves behind four sisters – Anne Warkentin, Eva Kamke, Claire Siemens, Liz (Jack) Schonewille, one brother, Pete Ketler and a large extended family.
He was born on May 19, 1924 at Kelstern, Saskatchewan, almost one year after his parents immigrated from Russia to Canada. He was the second son and third child of Jacob Cornelius Ketler and Anna Ketler (nee Klassen). From 1941 to 1942, he attended Herbert Bible School in Herbert, Saskatchewan. He then worked at a variety of jobs until his subsequent move in 1946 to B.C.’s Fraser Valley to join the rest of his family. He met and married his sweetheart, Margaret, in 1949 in Abbotsford, BC. They started their family with the birth of a daughter the following year and in 1954, moved to Vancouver where they later welcomed two more daughters into their family. In 1967, Jake and Margaret moved to Edmonton, Alberta so that he could join his brother in a family business. His remaining working years and retirement were spent in Edmonton until his passing.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff in the Grey Nuns Hospital Emergency department as well as the caring staff in Station 45 who treated Dad with dignity, kindness and respect to the end.
The Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at the Sherwood Park Alliance Church located on the corner of Cloverbar Road and Wye Road. Viewing begins @ noon with the service at 1:00 p.m. Interment follows at South Haven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jacob Ketler’s name to THE MISSION TO CHILDREN.

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your beautiful link in the chain – – baby boy Artemis is one yr old today. Without you great grandpa, none of us would be here. Thank you

Eileen Reppenhagen

Uncle Jake was always kind to everyone, and he had a wonderful warm, and welcoming smile. I remember visiting the Ketler house in Vancouver on 33rd many times before the family moved to Edmonton. My favourite memory was how you were allowed to pick which of the three flavours of Neopolitan ice cream you wanted. That, and I always remember he would give us bags of broken Dad’s cookies as he worked for them. RIP Uncle Jake you will be missed.

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