Paul E. Ketchmark, 91 of Valparaiso, passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2023. He was born on November 10, 1931 in Boone Grove, IN to the late George Ketchmark and Mildred (Rasor) Herron. He graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1949 and proudly served in the U.S. Army. In 1958 he opened a NAPA store in Chesterton and worked there for 15 years. After that, he served as branch manager and later vice-president of commercial and installment loans at First National Bank in Valparaiso, where he retired in 1983 after 10 years. As a jack of all trades, there isn’t much Paul didn’t do. He was a carpenter, plumber, electrician, and woodworker, making furniture and wooden gifts for family and friends. He also was a talented chef, making bread and rolls, and always enjoyed serving delicious desserts. However, his first love was golf and he was an avid player. In 2007, Paul decided to write a book titled “My Wonderful Road” that started with the chapter “My Beginning Years” and ended with “My Retirement Years.” Paul had a unique sense of humor, hoping to bring a smile to your face anytime he saw you. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who will be dearly missed.
Paul married his high school sweetheart, Joan Wehner, who preceded him in death in 2021. He is survived by their children: Deborah (William) Dean, Mary Jo (Larry) Crandall, and Timothy Ketchmark; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Rosemary Rouch. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mildred; and sister, Helen Mullinex.
There will be no services at this time. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice.
What a man what a MAN. Thanks for being you. I will never forget the good times we had at breakfast. God bless the Ketchmark family. Love you all, -Russell and Janet Brooks