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.