Jay Lester Ketchie of Columbia, Oct. 24 1934 — Sept. 28, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013 | 3:48 p.m. CDT; updated 5:07 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rev. Jay Lester Ketchie, age 78, of Columbia, MO passed away the morning of September 28th, 2013. Mr. Ketchie was born on October 24th, 1934 in Statesville, NC to Lester Prentiss Ketchie and Selma Mae Gilleland. He was united in marriage to Donna Jo Martin on August 12th, 1979.

Mr. Ketchie graduated from Wake Forest College in Winston-Salem, NC with a BS degree in 1957 and the Union Theological Seminary in Richard, VA with a Masters of Divinity in 1962. He served in the Navy Reserve and U.S. Air Force. Mr. Ketchie was an ordained Presbyterian Church Minister and retired from the VA Hospital as Chief Chaplain in 1995, where he had worked since 1972.

Mr. Ketchie had a love of fishing, woodworking, reading, and bird watching. He will be remembered for ‘chasing squirrels off the bird feeder’ and ‘hanging out with his cronies at Hy-Vee’. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Ketchie is survived by his wife, Jo, of Columbia; sons, Steve Ketchie of Harrisburg, MO, Chris (Tomoko) Ketchie of Long Island City, NY, and Gregg Ketchie of Columbia, MO; daughter, Karen (Herb) Cade of Columbia, MO; step-sons, Scott Walker of Kansas City, MO and Brett (Tammy) Walker of Columbia, MO; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation/Reception will be held at Memorial Funeral Home from 9:30-11:00 am on Friday, October 4th, 2013. Memorial service will commence at 11:00 am.

Memorial contributions may be left to the Central Missouri Humane Society, 616 Big Bear Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202 and Columbia Second Chance, P.O. Box 10186 Columbia, MO 65205.

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