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“Today, January 2nd 2014 makes it 3 years now since you passed. We always think about you. You meant so much to us and we could never forget you! I...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Paulette Kettlehut

“I always called you "Papa Herb". We have shared alot of memories and the last ones were probably the best. You came to stay with us quite a few times...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Paulette and Mark Kettlehut - MI

“Happy Birthday Uncle Herb! ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Andy Menchinger - Benton Harbor, MI

“Dad and I enjoyed many fishing trips and always had lots of laughs. He instilled in me his passion for fishing. He encouraged me through the years...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Gary & Joan Kettlehut - Orlando, FL

“To my Dad: The greatest Dad in the whole wide world. He always took us camping & fishing when i was a boy. We always looked forward to the many...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Brian & Maria Kettlehut

“Dad you will never be forgotten. From the day I was born until the day you died there are so many fond memories I will charish. I will miss our talks...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Terry Arthur - Daughter

“You always opened your home to me, & I was privleged to have you stay with me when you came to town. We had many good times together from the...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Andy Menchinger - Nephew

“My favorite uncle. . . I remember fondly your visits to St. Joe, and your humor. You definitely lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Cathy Harboldt Mathews - niece


Herbert R. “Herb” Kettlehut, 83, formerly of St. Joseph, passed away, Sunday, January 2, 2011 at his home in Delray Beach, Florida. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice at Home.

Herb was born May 19, 1927 in St. Joseph, Michigan to Herbert & Irma (Walker) Kettlehut. He attended St. Joseph High School, Class of 1946, leaving early to serve his country in the United States Marine Corp during WWII. Following the war, Herb undertook his passion for driving by purchasing his first eighteen wheeler. His career spanned 40+ years, a million miles, and friends in every city between St. Joseph & Miami, Florida. Herb retired in 1992 from Terminal Transport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Following retirement, Herb continued to do what he loved most, driving. He jockeyed many a car between sunny Florida and the cold north, every spring & fall for the snowbirds. Even though he lived in Florida for the last fifty years, he never forgot his early days in St. Joseph, it was still his home. He loved his family & many friends. In his spare time, Herb enjoyed fishing, poker, the dog track, his annual Super Bowl Pool, and most of all, “shooting the bull” with his many friends at McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts or wherever else his travels took him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Herb is survived by his wife Janet, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Len Menchinger, sisters-in-law-Jean Kettlehut & Beverly Costigan, and his nieces & nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers-Bob Kettlehut & Marvin Kettlehut, and by two sisters-Gerry Menchinger & Iris Harboldt.