Obit: Ketterhagen, Irvin Anthony (1933 - 2008)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Ketterhagen, Micke, Thompson, Krzyzanowski, Czubakowski, Zurakowski, Crank, Moeller, Apfelbeck

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) October 29, 2008

Ketterhagen, Irvin Anthony (10 October 1933 - 24 October 2008)

Irvin A. Ketterhagen, age 75, of Thorp, passed away at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire on Friday, October 24, 2008. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 27, 2008, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp. Fr. Keith Apfelbeck officiated and burial followed in St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Bob Krzyzanowski, Robbie Krzyzanowski, Eugene Czubakowski, Zachary Czubakowski, Chad Ketterhagen, Brent Crank, Darin Krzyzanowski, and Jesse Krzyzanowski.

Visitation was held at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp on Sunday, October 26, 2008, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary service, and also on Monday, at the church, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Irvin Anthony Ketterhagen was born October 10, 1933, in Stanley, WI, to Raymond and Agnes (Micke) Ketterhagen. His mother died when he was six weeks old, and he was raised by his father and grandmother, Elizabeth Ketterhagen, on the family farm. Irvin received his education at Busy Bee School in the Town of Worden. He was united in marriage to Jean Thompson on December 10, 1977, in Neillsville. Irvin farmed on the family farm for many years in the Town of Worden. He was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church, Rock Dam Rod & Gun Club, served as treasurer for the Catholic Order of Foresters, and served as supervisor for the Township of Worden. Irvin loved spending time with his family and friends, was an enthusiastic hunter and fisherman, taking yearly hunting trips to Colorado and fishing trips to Lake Michigan, working in the woods, and his dog, Fred. He also enjoyed bowling, playing pool, and throwing horseshoes.

When family, friends, or neighbors were in need, he was always there to lend a hand, and whether it was work or play, he gave 110%. There was never a dull moment with Irvin.

He is survived by his wife Jean, of Thorp; his children: Janice (Robert) Krzyzanowski of Thorp, Duane Ketterhagen of Stanley, Brenda (Eugene) Czubakowski of Thorp, Jerry Ketterhagen of Eau Clarie, Bruce (Kim Zurakowski) Ketterhagen of Thorp, Kurt (Kendra) Ketterhagen of Stanley, and Suzy (Brent Crank) Ketterhagen of Milwaukee; one stepson, Larry (Joan) Moeller of Chippewa Falls; eleven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Donald and William Ketterhagen; and one daughter-in-law, Janet Ketterhagen.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.



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