James Clay "Jim" Kettwig, 86, passed away on Nov. 18 at Pathstone Living. A celebration of Jim's life will be held in the Spring. Woodland Hills Funeral Home of Mankato is assisting with arrangements.
Jim was born June7, 1931 in Britton, S.D. to Carl and Pearl (Clay) Kettwig. He graduated from Canton High School? in 1949. He married Virginia (Ginger) Ruble on June 21, 1980.
Jim was a long time employee of? the Chesley Company, working his way up from the parts department to manager? in Sioux Falls to a top salesman in Mankato. The Chesley's?were family to him.
Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved cars. He was an avid reader of spiritual books, research and learning.?
One can say early in life Jim found peace. He loved deeply, gave help, advice and appreciated each day. He sought happiness in his family and good times with his peers. Jim was a unique soul who understood what life was about and was always happy to help others who may have lost their meaning or purpose in life. Jim was a treasured friend to many.
Each day Jim was given he saw truth. From childhood he had a remarkable relationship with Jesus and reaffirmed this by being baptized at Multi-Church. He could and would be friends with any man on the street or saleswoman behind the counter. His stories and common sense approach were appreciated. He truly lived in the here and now. Jim's body struggled with health issues for many years, most recently with cancer, but his spirit was not defeated. Those close to Jim know he was a gift from God, a message to endure, to cherish our loved ones, not be fearful and mostly to share love. From his own words:
Yes, Father I am very glad
That you look after this little lad
And as I grow, I get to know
That you are always near
And I don't have any need to fear!
Thanks God.??? 8-18-90
Jim is survived by Ginger, his wife of 37 years; a son Randy and family; a daughter by marriage Susie (Corralejo) Mainer of Austin, TX; 2 step-sons; several grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Don and Sue Ruble; 3 very special friends, Dennis, Gary and Tim. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Tim Kettwig; sister-in-law Millie Kettwig; mother and father-in-law Don and Margaret Ruble.
Published on December 10, 2017