John S. Ketchum

John S. Ket­chum, 94, died on October 25, 2015 at Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Goffstown, NH.

He was born in Mt. Ver­non, NY on April 16, 1921, one of three sons of Roland F. and Gertrude E. (Cry­er) Ketchum. His youngest brother Ronald passed away years ago. His younger broth­er Fred lives in Sarasota, Florida. John moved to Goffs­town, NH several months ago having made his home in Williamsburg, VA since 1985, and previously liv­ing in Bethesda, MD for 25 years.

John was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II in the Phillipines starting in 1943 after graduating from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. as an Elec­trical Engineer and was honorably discharged in 1946 having earned the rank of Captain. He con­tinued his service in the Army Reserves until 1953. He was in the radio room on the island of Luzon in early August 1945, when the orders came through describing the invasion of mainland Japan by US forces. John was sure he and all his fellow sol­diers would die in that invasion. Within two days, President Truman ordered the dropping of bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, allowing John to return home to marry, have a family, and reach the wonderfully old age of 94.

He was employed as an engineer for AT&T for 42 years starting in New York, moving to Cincinna­ti, and then back to NY be­fore landing in Bethesda.

John was an active pa­rishioner of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD and Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, Williamsburg, VA, where he also served as an usher. While living in Williamsburg he en­joyed serving in Kiwanis, served as Commissioner of Wetlands, and was an active member of the Re­publican Party. He loved woodworking, photogra­phy and took great pride in mentor­ing math students at the College of William and Mary as well as tutoring elementary school children with his wife Sally as part of a special adopt a grandparent program in a City of Williamsburg School.

Mr. Ketchum was prede­ceased by his wife, Sarah A. (Bolmer) Ketchum, who died in 2008; a son, John S. Ketchum, Jr. who died in 1974; a daughter-in-law, Leisa Ketchum and a granddaughter, Joana R. Dean who both also died in 2008.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Ketchum and his wife Jeannie Ket­chum of Bethesda, MD; two daughters, Eleanor Silverman and her hus­band Michael Silverman of Catonsville, MD and Elizabeth Wolczko and her husband Peter Wolc­zko of Amherst, NH; four grandchildren; Raegan Ketchum Baylie, Sean Ketchum, Samantha Sil­verman and Thomas John Silverman along with sev­eral nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday No­vember 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 10 Amherst St., Milford, NH. Burial will be in the Bruton Parish Church Courtyard, Wil­liamsburg, VA on January 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Asso­ciation or The Montgom­ery Hospice, Rockville, MD. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to