Roger Roy Ketcham, 77, of Middlebury
MIDDLEBURY — Roger Roy Ketcham, 77, of Middlebury passed away peacefully at Helen Porter Nursing home on Oct. 31. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Janice, as well as his stepsons, Richard (Robin) Eddy of Vergennes and John (June) Eddy of Rutland, and stepdaughter, Lisa Mella of Bloomington, Ind.; his five grandchildren, Lauren (Andrew), Linnea (Isaiah), Tyler, Alan, and Sarah; as well as great-grandson Layne. He was predeceased by his brother John and sister Alice. The family greatly appreciates the excellent care provided him by Addison County Home Health and Hospice.
Roger was born July 31, 1946, to parents Kenneth and Ruth, growing up on their farm in Sudbury. He attended Otter Valley High School and then Vermont Technical College, where he earned an associates’ degree in Electrical Engineering.
Roger learned a number of trades, including welding, and later worked for 12 years as Adaptive Technician at Brandon Training School. Roger had a knack for repairing equipment and building things like birdhouses and treehouses. He also put together airplanes from kits. He enjoyed fishing, beekeeping, gardening, and especially playing with his grandchildren.
Roger married Janice on Nov. 4, 1989, and they enjoyed a wonderful life together that featured many outdoor activities and family get-togethers. Roger was also a faithful member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Middlebury for 44 years and enjoyed talking to others about his faith. He had a quiet and mild spirit that endeared him to many.
Funeral services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. The family can be contacted for details for those who wish to attend via Zoom.◊
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