James Allen Kettle "Jim" Janesville, WI (1948-2013)

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Monday, December 30, 2013

September 29, 1948 - December 9, 2013

James Allen Kettle, “Jim”, 64 years of age, of Janesville, WI, passed away on Dec. 9, 2013, in his home. He was born Sept. 29, 1948, in Janesville, WI, to the late Clarence A. Kettle and Corrine (Adkins) Kettle. His siblings are Terry A. (Mary M. Schmidt Kettle) Kettle of Milton, WI, Linda M. (Kenneth) Klessig of Janesville, Gregory B. Kettle of Rochester, MN, Roger C. Kettle of Beloit, WI, and Ronald L. (Jill) Kettle of Custard, SD.

James graduated in 1968, from Craig Senior High School, Janesville, WI. In addition, he spent one year at UW-Rock in Janesville. In 1969, he enlisted into the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1971. James was very proud to have served his country. He always took time to thank the Veterans and any persons in uniform for their services. James worked ten years at Ashland Chemicals, Janesville, WI. From there he worked at ChemLawn, Madison, WI, until 1988. The following years he worked as a grounds keeper and in food service until his retirement in 2011. He became interested in organic lawn care and wrote a book about achieving a beautiful lawn without chemicals. His love for lawns and gardening became a wonderful hobby. He grew amazing Orchids and cactus and many other varieties of plants. James had a special friend, Scott Cayley, who helped to set up an environment in his new home to grow his indoor garden. He was so appreciative of Scott for helping him. He loved music and wanted to learn to play the guitar like his brother, Roger, and his father. He also loved to fish.

In addition to his siblings, Jim is survived by his son, Joshua J. (Courtney) Peterson of Rockford, IL; his mother, Corrine L. Kettle of Janesville; his former wife, Mary Kettle of Stoughton, WI. Mary cared for Jim for over twenty years helping him through his life’s struggles. Also surviving are eight nephews and 16 nieces who will miss him dearly; Aunts and Uncle: Helen (Adkins), James Ploegert of Janesville, Barbra Chavez of Bend, OR; fifteen cousins; his cat, Emerson; and dog, Luther. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence A. Kettle on Feb. 22,1982; and a niece, Jennifer Kettle on Sept. 21, 1988.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 N. Wright Rd., Janesville, to be concluded with military rites by Kienow-Hilt V.F.W. Post # 1621.


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