Oliver Ketterling Obituary
 
In Memory of

Rev. Oliver R. Ketterling

September 7, 1923 - December 29, 2011
Obituary

Oliver R. Ketterling, 88, a 44 year resident of Glendora died peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by his family at dinner time on December 29, 2011. Oliver was born and raised on the family farm near Streeter, ND. He graduated from Napoleon High School and Ellendale College with a teaching certificate. Later he attended and graduated from WestMar College, LeMars, Iowa, with a BA. Following two pastoral assignments he attended Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Prior to moving to Portland in 1948, he married Annetta Schlenker of Gackle, ND. While in seminary he pastored a German Congregational Church in Portland. ...
Oliver R. Ketterling, 88, a 44 year resident of Glendora died peacefully of natural causes, surrounded by his family at dinner time on December 29, 2011.
Oliver was born and raised on the family farm near Streeter, ND. He graduated from Napoleon High School and Ellendale College with a teaching certificate. Later he attended and graduated from WestMar College, LeMars, Iowa, with a BA. Following two pastoral assignments he attended Western Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Prior to moving to Portland in 1948, he married Annetta Schlenker of Gackle, ND. While in seminary he pastored a German Congregational Church in Portland.
Following his graduation with an MA in pastoral studies he and Ann (and their two sons, Ronald and Barton who were born in Portland) returned to North Dakota to serve in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, North Dakota Conference. His first charge was at Linton North Dakota where he supervised building a church expansion while there and their third son, Robert was born.
Oliver was then assigned to serve two churches, one in Hazen and one in Beulah, ND. While there he supervised the building of a new church at Hazen. After serving there for five years, he and his family moved to another dual pastorate at Tappen, ND, with the second church at Medina. A third church was added to his assignment the following year and he was assigned an assistant pastor, Clayton Schaeffer, to help with the preaching load. At this time, he also served as the Director of the Conference's Junior Camp for children.
After eight years at Tappen, Oliver felt the Lord's call to move to California to pursue some additional education and begin teaching. They purchased their home in Glendora. Oliver attended Azusa Pacific University, and then taught at West Covina Christian School and later in the El Monte Public School System. Following his retirement from teaching, he worked with H&R Block for 15 years doing tax preparation. While there he earned his Enrolled Agent certification which demonstrated his proficiency in all areas of tax preparation.
Oliver and Ann enjoyed travel and returned to North Dakota each summer to visit family and friends. They also traveled to Japan, Alaska, Hawaii and many other states. Oliver also made a trip to Guatemala to pursue some business interests. They spent many hours visiting shut-in people, keeping up with the family and praying for friends, acquaintances and ministering at LaPuente Gardens. They attended Valley Center Church of the Nazarene for 40 years.
Oliver is survived by Ann, his wife, friend and companion of 63 years, sons & daughters-in-law Ron and Sharon (Heupel) Ketterling, Bart and Judy (Haagenson) Ketterling, Bob and Bonnie (Retutal) Ketterling, grandchildren Melissa & Jason Reichenbacher, Heather Ketterling, Ryan and Stephanie (Skillings), Joy Ketterling, Danielle & Marty Resnick, Holly & Kaj Swanson, Josh Ketterling, Jeremy and Francine (Mejia) Ketterling, Matt & Kari (Newkirk) Ketterling and great-grandchildren Nickolas, Sam, Haley and Caitlyn Reichenbacher, Ryley, Caleb, Megan, Jacob and Dylan Ketterling, Jessica, Kyla, Seth, Ruby Resnick, Mikaela Ketterling and Andrew Ketterling. He is also survived by brother Clarence Ketterling, sister Gladys Becker, Ozella Reinhardt, LaJune Perman, brother Archie Ketterling, sisters Elda Erbele and ElVira Greuel.
Oliver is preceded in death by his parents, F. C. and Maria (Buck) Ketterling, sister Violet Zimmerman, brother Elmer Ketterling, brother Orville Ketterling, sister Myrtle Lepp and brother Reuben Ketterling.

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