Donald Ketelsen

Posted May 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm


Sept. 17, 1925 – May 21, 2013

Center Junction – Donald Ketelsen, age 87, died Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital surrounded by his family. 

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at the Center Junction, Presbyterian Church. Pastor Jean Bruinsma officiated at the services.    Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello. Friends called from 4 until 8 Thursday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.

Donald Edward Ketelsen was born Sept. 17, 1925, on the family farm near Center Junction.   He was the son of John and Fredda Lang, Ketelsen.  Don attended Pine Grove Country School and graduated from the Center Junction High School in 1943. Donald Ketelsen and Marilyn Yeisley were married Sept. 8, 1951, at her family home in Springville.  They have made their home and raised their family on the Ketelsen family farm the past 61 years. Don started farming at age nine following the death of his father.  He was very proud that it became a Century Farm in 1993.  Don was still farming at the time of his death. 

Don was an active member of the Center Junction community.  He was a church trustee and elder, had been a 4-H Leader for the Center Junction Royal Rustlers, served on the rural fire board, the Center Junction Telephone Board and the Co-op Board for 28 years.  He played on the Center Junction Town Basketball team when they played the Harlem Globetrotters.   Don and Marilyn loved going dancing, playing cards and were members of the Diamond Dreamers Camper Club.   Don’s greatest loves in his life were his wife, his family and his farm.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Marilyn; four children,  Dennis  (Sandie) of Toddville, Ken  of Onslow,  Marcia (Vic) Kray,  Monticello, Kris (Jeff) Weers, Scotch Grove; four grandchildren, Jeff and Abby Ketelsen,   Mikinzie (Britt) Smith, Parker Kray; a great-grandson, Austin Smith; and two sisters-in-law, Ann Ketelsen-Lee, Cedar Rapids and Bobbie Hartong, Crystal River, Florida.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, John (Marge) Ketelsen, Dick Ketelsen,  and a sister, Ruth Ann Glenn.

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.