Richard C. Kettner III

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Mr. Richard Carl Kettner III, 88, of Gaylord, MI, passed away May 16, 2020, of cancer.  Richard was born in Detroit, MI, on June 20, 1931, son of the late Richard, Jr. and Frances (Gerard) Kettner from Detroit and Bay City, respectively.

Richard enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Korea.  After his honorable discharge in 1959, he began his career as a data processor at Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, MI.

Richard married Phyllis Vick, October 18, 1969, and later retired to Gaylord, MI, where they enjoyed making wonderful memories entertaining and socializing with family and many friends.

Phyllis preceded him in death on August 3, 2011.

Richard is survived by his sister-in-law, Lorraine Pudrith; cousins, Mike Kettner, Harold Kettner, Terry Hendricks, Susan Yaney, and Perry L. Maniasi; 11 nieces and nephews; 23 great and 24 great-great nieces & nephews.

The family will host a memorial service posted on YouTube, “Memorial Service for Richard C. Kettner III,” on July 15, 2020.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

9 comments on “Richard C. Kettner III”

  1. Judy and Dan Stone

    Richard and Phyllis were our neighbors in Michaywe. They were such nice people and it was a delight to view their gardens. Rest in Peace Richard and enjoy your reunion with Phyllis. Our sympathies to their families.

  2. I will forever remember Richard as a true gentleman and very soft spoken. Typical of the Kettner family. Richard was 20+ yeas older than me, so I really didn’t have much interaction with him growing up, but Ralph and I did connect with him after Phyllis passed and enjoyed some lovely dinners with him at his club. Such a beautiful home in Michaywe. Uncle Dick and Aunt Fran and your lovely wife, Phyllis, have you with them for eternity. Rest In Peace, cousin. ❤️

  3. Maggie Faleschini Hendricks

    Dickie, fond memories of your family visits with the Hendricks clan, to which I entered when married to Tom. We met when Tom & I we’re dating & you delighted in calling me Maggie “ Scallopini”. Always enjoyed your wicked sense of humor. RIP.

  4. Debi Lee Collison

    Richard rode our buses for a while. He was such a joy to talk with, all of us at the bus system thought the world of him. We are going to miss him very much. Rest in peace Richard. You are loved by many.

  5. Oh my gosh, such a polite and pleasant man. Talking to him on the phone five days a week as a dispatcher at the otsego County bus system, I’m sorry that he is gone.

  6. Dick and Phyllis were faces of the Michaywe community. Happy and active members. Even after Dick moved to the Brook, he was seen at many functions around the “hood”. Now both of their smiling faces are joined back together. May they Rest In Peace.

  7. Caren Mislinski

    “Rest in peace Uncle Richard and thanks for the memories.”

    Please open the following links to view the Memorial Service, Stories & Photos:
    Preview YouTube video Memorial Service for Richard Kettner Part 1
    Preview YouTube video Richard Kettner Memorial Service – Part 2

    Note: If you need a better version to read from, please email Caren Mislinski at and I will email you a pdf version of
    Part 2 Stories & Photos. Please pass these videos on to others that knew Uncle Richard. Thank you and God Bless you.

  8. Michael & Diane Kettner

    My wife and I have many fond memories of spending time with my cousin Richard. I will miss those long phone conversations we had together and will remember our wonderful visits with him in Gaylord. He always had a welcoming smile and a story or three to share. Richard will be missed.

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