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The caring and experienced professionals at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home are here to support you through this difficult time.  We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements.  You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one.  And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.

You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance.  Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience.  We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.

Lucille Ripley

Lucille Ripley

Lucille, the daughter of Thomas Ketcham, was the Fourth Generation and became a licensed embalmer in 1945. She graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and received her Funeral Director’s license. She married Carl Ripley who also acquired both licenses in 1949.


Ethel Ketcham

Ethel Ketcham

Ethel was the Third Generation, along with her husband Thomas Ketcham. They took over the two Rockford businesses, along with Ralph G. Ketcham, after the death of William in 1920. Ethel not only helped in both businesses, but also kept the books.


Carl Ripley

Carl Ripley

Carl served in W.W. II, and upon returning from overseas, went to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science; he received his embalmer’s and funeral director’s license in 1949. Carl was married to Lucille Ripley. They, together, were the Fourth Generation of the Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home.


Thomas R. Ketcham

Thomas R. Ketcham

Thomas was the Third Generation, along with his wife Ethel Ketcham. Tom is the son of Willam Ketcham, Sr., who was the Second Generation of Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home.

William Ketcham, Sr., was the son of R. Ketcham. R. Ketcham was the 1st generation of Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home and owned the Ketcham Furniture Store in Mercer and manufactured coffins in addition to the furniture. He was also the undertaker in the area.

William Ketcham, Sr., and his partner Samuel Cotterman moved the business to Rockford in 1884. In 1896, they occupied a two story business, at 197 South Main, which served the furniture business and the funeral business. Later, most visitations and many funerals were conducted at the Ketcham residence, 111 West First Street.

Back to the Third Generation, Thomas, whose business partner was Ralph G. Ketcham, became a funeral director and embalmer along with Ralph.



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