James Kettner

December 27, 1930 ~ September 7, 2022

James E. Kettner, age 91, of Holland, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, and went to his Heavenly Home. He was a veteran who served in the Marines during the Korean War. James drove for Greyhound and Cardinal Bus Lines and achieved many awards for safety, including having a bus named in his honor. He was also involved for many years in Pinery Park Little League. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 68 years, Arlene; children, Ron and Kathy Kettner, Judy and Dan Fitzgerald, Rev. Mike and Alice Kettner, and Tom Kettner; his 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren who affectionately called him “Bubba”; and sister-in-law, Linda Kearns. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Monday, September 12, 2022, at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW with Pastor Ryan Winningham officiating. Burial Fort Custer National Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Sunday from 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Hospice of Holland or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Michigan Chapter).

Memorial Visitation
Sunday, September 11
6:00pm - 8:00pm

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Memorial Service
Monday, September 12
11:00am

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Leave Your Tribute Message

September 12, 2022 10:09am
The Herr was simply one of the most gracious people I have ever had the pleasure to know. From his immediate willingness to allow Jim VV and I to borrow his car on a trip with his boys to Williamsport, PA, to his boisterous welcome whenever we rolled into the Kettner place in Florida, he displayed the kind of personal friendship that all people should strive to achieve. Heaven will be just a bit better with his presence. Regards and sympathies to Arn, Judy, Bode, Arg, and Arlene.

- David M Luyk

September 10, 2022 12:18pm
Mr. K. A good neighbor and friend. For the many, many great memories, card games and parties...I thank you. Sending love and prayers to you and all the family.

- Barbara J Traxinger

September 09, 2022 3:33pm
Love ya James. Thanks for everything you've done for me. You have such a beautiful family. Honored to have had you and Arlene as friends. Prayers for strength and hope for all the Kettner's Smitty

- Smitty




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