Davenport, Iowa – Sergeant. Brandon Michael Ketchum, 33 years old, Davenport, Iowa lost his battle with PTSD on Friday, July 8, 2016. Brandon, son of the late William and Beverly Ertz Ketchum was born on October 18, 1982 at the Community Hospital of Darnell Army in Killeen, Texas.
He graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School, class of 2001. At the age of 21 Brandon enlisted in the Navy of the United State and proudly served 2004-2008 as a combat engineer, serving twice in Iraq . In July 2008 he joined the Army as a combat engineer and in 2010 was sent to Afghanistan with the Iowa National Guard. After being wounded in action and lasting multiple surgeries he retired with honors. He had a great enthusiasm for the armed forces and was known to be a man to leave everything to support their brothers and sisters, or anyone in need. His true loves of his life were his daughter, Layla and soul mate, Kristine. Brandon and Layla had a special bond that will be remembered. After his time in the military Brandon took the hobby of wood and excelled in his craft making beautiful butcher blocks, boards and shadow boxes cut for military fellow friends and family. He was proud of his ability and had plenty of time to master the art. Family and friends will remember forever Brandon unique sense of humor and ability to bring laughter and happiness to anyone who came into contact with. It was a nice person who was able to make friends wherever he went.
He is survived by his daughter, Layla; mother, Bev (Lenny) Kittoe; brother, Brad (Ana) Ketchum; soulmate, Kristine Nichols; grandparents, Albert (Phyllis) Ertz and Rosemary Ketchum; special friend, Jim Pederson; many cousins, uncles, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, William Ketchum; great-grandmother, Mildred Ertz; grandparents, Roland Ketchum and Merlin Kittoe; uncles, Tom Ketchum Ertz and Rollo; aunt, Betsy Kittoe; cousin, Stacy Brown, as well as countless brothers in arms.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, July 14, 2016, in the ST. MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 535 Congress St., Bloomington, Wis., With Father John officiating Meinholz. Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 13, 2016, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church, and from 9:30 am until time of service in the church on Thursday. Burial will follow in the cemetery where Gockel carried out military rites. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to go to a trust fund for Layla. The funeral Redlin, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 is helping the family.