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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
Donald Kettenbeil

Donald H Kettenbeil

Monday, May 6th, 1929 - Monday, February 17th, 2020
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Donald H. Kettenbeil, 90 of Athens, passed away, Monday night, February 17, 2020, at Starr Regional Medical Center.
He was a native of Calumet, Michigan and longtime resident of McMinn County and was a son of the late Harold Ernest and Eva Fishcer Kettenbeil. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Helen Grace Malmquist Kettenbeil, sister and brother-in-law, June and Red Pieski, brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Ora Kettenbeil, and brother-in-law, Paul Malmquist.
Don was a member of Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Athens since 1969. He was a member of The Athens Kiwanis Club, Friends of the Library, and Trout Unlimited. He was a long time outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish with many friends especially Art Hamman who frequently checked in with Don to swap stories of memories made.
Don was retired from Hiwassee Land Company where he worked as a Woodlands Manager. He served his country in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Joe Cochran, III of Knoxville; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Donna Kettenbeil of Ten Mile; granddaughter, Grace Cochran; brothers and sisters-in-law, Curt and Darlene Malmquist, Pete and Linda Malmquist and Andrea Mamquist; and several special nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to all of Don's special caregivers with Golden Touch and his Mars Hill Presbyterian Church family.
A memorial service will be conducted 11:00am, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church with Crawford King officiating. The family will receive friends in the Church Fellowship Hall after the service from Noon-2:00pm.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Don's honor to Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, 205 North Jackson Street, Athens, TN 37303; or E.G. Fisher Library, 1289 Ingleside Avenue, Athens, TN 37303.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Mars Hill Presbyterian Church
    205 N. Jackson Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Following the memorial service in the church fellowship hall.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 11:00am
    Mars Hill Presbyterian Church
    205 N. Jackson Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Larry Fain

Posted at 09:02pm
So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Your family is in our prayers.

Sara Schmiel

Posted at 08:05pm
Mark and Donna, and your entire family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. May God Bless and comfort each of you at this difficult time. Sending hugs and Love from Michigan.

Michelle Crafton

Posted at 05:46pm
Mr and Mrs. Kettenbeil were favorites of mine. I worked with Ms. Helen in therapy and he would always come and quietly sit and wait on her. You could see the love and respect between them. He loved talking to me about my hiking adventures and I loved hearing about his fishing. Sweet man. Heaven has gained another beautiful soul. Michelle Crafton

Bob McKee

Posted at 02:48pm
I have fond memories of Don, he was a customer at the tire store and a good friend... RIP my friend.
Bob McKee

Marvin Bolinger

Posted at 01:17pm
It is with sadness we learn of the passing of Don. He was a great neighbor for so many years while we lived in Athens, and was a family member at Mars Hill Presbyterian Don loved his outdoors and loved to tell stories of the duck that almost got away or other fun hunting adventures. We extend our prayers to Mark and Jennifer for God’s blessings during this time. God bless. Marvin Bolinger, Jason Bolinger, Beth Bolinger Hochstetler and families

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