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Kathleen Dolores 'Kathy' Ketcham


April 25, 2019

Kathleen Dolores "Kathy" Ketcham, 88, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019, at South Big Horn County Hospital after a short illness.

Born February 11, 1931, in Sheridan, Wyo., she was the daughter of Fred and Neta (Tulp) Sperl. After graduation from Ranchester High School she married Darrell Ketcham July 23, 1949, in Hardin, Mont. Living in San Diego, Calif., while her husband was stationed in the Navy, the couple returned to Wyoming living in several communities while her husband was with the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Kathleen was employed as a private secretary with the Washakie County Sheriff's Department and First Deputy in the County Clerk's office in Worland for many years. Moving to Casper she worked in the Natrona County Clerk's office and as Manager of the City/ County Federal Credit Union. While living in Sheridan she ran as a candidate for the Sheridan County Clerk. She had previously resided at the Wyoming Pioneer Home in Thermopolis, then the Wyoming Retirement Center in Basin.

A life member of the Wyoming Peace Officers Association, she enjoyed spending winters in Yuma, Ariz., traveling, camping, fishing and loved the great outdoors.

She is survived by her son, Dan (Ellen) Ketcham of Bountiful, Utah; daughter, Linda (Joe) Doak of Thermopolis; sister, LaVonne Drell of Sheridan; grandchildren, Sean Doak of Belgrade, Mont., Valerie Doak (John Reilke) of Casper and Brandi (Paul) Robinson of Cheyenne; and three great-grandchildren, Kyra Doak and Tasarra and Eden Robinson. 

She was preceded in death by her father (before she was born), Fred; mother and stepfather, Neta and Leonard Burgess; husband, Darrell (1994); and companion, Jim Hudson.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 25 in Sheridan.

Memorials may be made to the Sheridan Elks Lodge #520 Cemetery Fund, PO Box 624, Sheridan 82801.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages may be shared at


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