James Rodney “J.R.” Ketterer, 70, a resident of Towamencin Township, PA, was called home unexpectedly to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 6, 2021. He and his wife, Donna (Clemens) Ketterer, celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on June 18, 2020.
Born March 8, 1950, in Doylestown, PA, he was the son of the late George and Mildred (Beer) Ketterer. He was a 1968 graduate of Pennridge High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Kutztown University in 1972.
He was a beloved teacher in the North Penn School District for nine years, helped with the band, and enjoyed planning trips for the ski club. After leaving teaching, J.R. began employment with Hatfield Packing Company, today known as Clemens Food Group. He held numerous positions within the company before retirement in June of 2016.
J.R. was a founding and active member of Cornerstone Church of Skippack where he currently served as a deacon, on the mission board, and previously as a youth advisor for several decades. J.R. loved going on mission trips to different parts of the world and was always eager to serve others. Most recently, he was asked to join the Board of Directors for Chariots for Hope, an organization he and Donna support in Kenya.
Jim/J.R./Uncle Jim/Uncle J.R./Daddy/Dad were some of his names…but the one heard the most was “Poppi.” Poppi loved his grandchildren and his grandchildren adored all the family time spent with him. He could be seen at many events around the community, especially those in which his grandchildren were participating. He will be remembered for his humble servant heart and the way he showed love to others. The hope, peace, and comfort we cling to during our earthly loss is knowing that we will be reunited with him and our Lord and Savior in heaven.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Katie Strahorn and her husband, Justin, of Harleysville, PA, and Kara Derstein and her husband, Nathan, of Telford, PA; two sons, Kevin Ketterer and his wife, Lauren, of Souderton, PA, and Kory Ketterer, presently working in South Korea; and nine grandchildren: Emma, Leah, and Kendall Strahorn, and Avery, Sawyer, Emmanuel “EJ”, and Tegan Derstein, and Peyton and Paisley Ketterer. He is also survived by two sisters, Carol Singer and her husband, David, of Collegeville, PA, and Nancy Amspacher and her husband, Tim, of Souderton, PA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be private, but the memorial service will be shared on Saturday, February 20 at 2:00pm and available at any time following. Please click HERE to view. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Kapatagat Children’s Home – Kenya C/O Chariots for Hope, 1601 N. Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025. Arrangements are by the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.
A Memorial Tree was planted for J.R.
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc.