Jeffrey W. Ketzler
October 7, 1956 – December 29, 2023
VISITATION: Monday, January 15th from 10am to 11am at the West Center Chapel, followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 11am. Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ponca Hills, 11120 Calhoun Road, Omaha 68152.
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Jeffrey was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ketzler, and father, Donovan Ketzler. He is survived by wife, Sue; daughters, Anastasia and Alexis Ketzler; sister, Lynn (Joe) Lucas; brothers, Donovan (Mary Ellen) Ketzler, Jon (Mary) Ketzler; nieces and nephews.
Jeff was born and lived his entire life in Omaha, NE. He was a 1974 graduate of Westside High School and worked from an early age at the family business, The Dehner Boot Co. When his father retired from the business, Jeff became the 4th generation to run the family business.
Jeff married Sue Diedrich on July 28, 1979. During their 44 years of marriage, they were able to travel the country and Europe for both business and vacations. They made many friends and were able to visit them recently on a trip to England.
In 1999, Jeff and Sue welcomed twin girls, Anastasia and Alexis, and he used to joke when people asked what he got his wife for their 20th anniversary, he would say, “twin girls”. He doted on his girls, much to the surprise of friends, allowing them to accumulate numerous pets such as cats, dogs, lizards, frogs, and goats. They had him wrapped around his finger.
Jeff was involved in several local foxhunts including North Hills Hunt, Wabash Hounds in which he was a Master of Foxhounds, and Fort Leavenworth. He had two paint horses, Gizmo, who he truly enjoyed riding, and Monte, who he had a love-hate relationship with. They were two of a kind.
The last 20 years he was involved in our local church, St. John’s Lutheran church in Ponca Hills. He served on the board in different capacities and was an Elder of the church. After Covid he wanted to make sure those at home could continue to watch the services so set up a live Facebook feed and ran the video every Sunday. If nothing else, he took his technology seriously and always worked to make the experience better for those at home.
Jeff was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed spending time with his family. Although he might grumble and complain, he would drive the distance to move his daughters, fix up their home, and enjoyed sharing experiences with them such as Graceland, Washington DC, New York City, the Grand Canyon, and Europe to name just a few of the places we were able to visit as a family. He will be missed more than we can say and have appreciated all the prayers and kind words from friends and family. As one dear friend said, “Ron met him in heaven on his first day, and they are riding to hounds as we speak.”