Roy Eugene “Gene” Ketchum, 80, of Taylorville, passed away January 17, 2013 at 3:00 a.m. peacefully at his home with his wife and daughter lovingly at his side. He was born February 23, 1932 in Taylorville, IL. The Son of Roy E. and Maude I. Campbell Ketchum Sr... He marriedhis childhood sweetheart Dolores Eileen Toliver on March 27, 1949 at the Methodist Parsonage in Hillsboro, IL. He was a Coal miner at Freeman Crown and Peabody mine #10 for 30 years and owned and operated a car sales business, Gene’s Auto Sales. Gene was also an avid golfer and enjoyed watching Nascar, football and attending races at Macon and Springfield speedways. His passion was buying and selling cars, he especially loved antique cars, and Gene was a great mechanic which he learned at an early age from his father. Gene had many wonderful friends and was extremely proud of all his grandchildren. Above all he loved his wife Dolores of 63 years, and his family.
He is survived by his Wife: Dolores. He is the loving father of Sheryl (Dave) Brasche of Taylorville, IL; Phyllis Greenwalt of Sarasota, FL; Susan Shue of Sarasota, FL; and Joan Curry of Cleveland, TN. His Grandchildren are Ryan (Paige) Brasche; Michael Butts; Jared Brasche; Heidi Roman; Tiffany (Christopher) Scott; Joshua Shue; Caleb Shue; Jennifer Winner; Alicia Winner; Amanda (Marcus) Brummett; Great-Grandchildren: Sarah, Madeline, Kyle, Christopher, Ashleigh, Carter, Sabastian, Lilly, and Gavin; Brothers: James Edward (Wanda) Ketchum of Auburn, IL; Robert William (Joyce) Ketchum of Rio Verde, AZ.; Brother-in-Law: Larry Gene Tolliver of Taylorville, IL
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4:00pm at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Elder Rick Schilly officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Taylorville, IL. Visitation will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 2:00-4:00pm at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.
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