The patriarch of the Ketcher family died peacefully surrounded by loved ones January 25, 2002. He was 88 years old.

James was born Simeon Balleu Ketcher July 3, 1913, in Chero-kee County, OK of Nancy Locust Ketcher and Hen-ry Ketcher. Che-rokee was his native language. James grew up on Fourteen-Mile Creek hunting and fishing for his family. He attended Indian Boarding School until he ran away for good at age nine. He served in the CC Corps, and played baseball professionally in the Florida State Baseball League. James passed his love and knowledge of baseball on to many boys in the youth leagues of Jacksonville. He belonged to the National Painter's Union.

He married Lois Bryan of Jacksonville, FL Sept 5, 1944; later solemnized in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple. The Ketcher family resided in Florida until 1974 when they moved to Utah. James lived in Taylorsville and then retired to Circleville, UT where he enjoyed countless hours of hunting and fishing with sons and grandsons.

James was a faithful member of the LDS Church. He served in many capacities, including bishopric of the Salt Lake Lamanite Ward. He provided many hours of service on Welfare Square.

He is survived by wife, Lois Bryan Ketcher; children, Ada Winn, Henry (Julie) Ketcher, Elizabeth Coon, Sheila (David) Fore, Jim (Deidre) Ketcher, Beverly (Chad) Wood, Dennis (Mon-ica) Ketcher, Stephen Ketcher, Stanley (Michelle) Ketcher; 26 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by two brothers, and five sisters.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wed. Jan 30, 2002, McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S. Redwood Rd, Taylorsville, where friends may call Tues. 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Wed. Interment Valley View Memorial Park.