David A. Ketchledge

WILMINGTON—David A. Ketchledge, 65, of Wilmington, formerly of Clinton, IL, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 16, 2022 at his home.
Born Sept. 1, 1956 in Morristown, NJ, David Anthony was a son of Raymond and Lois (Quackenbush) Ketchledge. He was raised in New Jersey until his family moved to Wheaton, IL. After graduating from high school, David enlisted in the United States Navy, serving two tours from 1978 to 1990. During his service, he was stationed as a nuclear reactor operator on both the USS Patrick Henry and USS Daniel Webster. On June 16, 1984 he married Susan Allen in Groton, CT.
Following his military service, David went to Southern Illinois University and completed his bachelor’s degree of science in engineering. He gained employment with the Illinois Power Station in Clinton as a reactor operator, where he worked for 10 years. David later worked at the Dresden Generating Station in Morris for five years until he retired in 2012. He loved all things about outer space, and especially enjoyed learning about rockets. David published multiple books about rockets and was an avid builder of model rockets, a passion that he shared with his children. He was a man with a strong work ethic who took great pride in providing for his family, always making sure they were taken care of ahead of himself.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Susan Ketchledge, of Wilmington; three children: Christina Ketchledge, of Wisconsin; Matthew Ketchledge, of Michigan and Leisa (Jonathan) Talerico, of Plainfield; one grandson, Johnny Abranski; two brothers and two sisters: Ray Ketchledge, Carol Ann (Bill) Johnson, Rick (Lisa) Ketchledge, and Robin Ketchledge and numerous nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bruce Ketchledge and one brother-in-law, Gary Allen.
Cremation rites are being accorded and the family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd., in Wilmington from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood at 2 p.m.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share David’s memorial page via social media.
Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.