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Anadarko – John Ketcher III, 71, of Anadarko, departed this life on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the Physicians Hospital in Anadarko following a lengthy illness. John was born on June 5, 1944, in Tahlequah, to John and Susie (Dry) Ketcher. John was employed by the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, where he faithfully served for 42 years. John retired in June 2015. John grew up in Tahlequah, where he graduated from high school in 1962. John enlisted in the Army in 1966, and served in Vietnam until February 1968. John was a graduate of Northeastern State College in Tahlequah. John loved sports of every kind, but especially his OU Sooners and Dallas Cowboys. He loved fishing, or at least acquiring new fishing poles frequently. John loved to shoot bows and attended many shoots with his best bud, Tom Gouge. They would often return home with a carload of chickens which they won as prizes. John is survived by his wife, Rhonda, of the home; his children, Kevin Pyle and wife Heather, Anadarko, and Christy Pyle, Anadarko; grandson Jacob Pyle, Anadarko; brother Jerry Ketcher and wife Lenora, Tahlequah; nephew Jeremy Ketcher; great-nephews Jacob and Justin Ketcher, Tahlequah; father-in-law Ronald Taylor, Anadarko; sister-in-law Patricia Taylor and Steve Cook, Anadarko; and many other nieces and nephews and a host of friends. John was preceded in death by his parents; and infant sister; his mother-in-law, Jean Taylor; and his faithful companion, “Petey.” Funeral services will be Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church in Anadarko. Burial will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, under the direction of Steverson Funeral Home, Anadarko. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. John will be available for viewing beginning Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Steverson Funeral Home. Steverson Funeral Home, 1115 S. Mission St., Anadarko, 405-247-6750.
Published on  October 21, 2015
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