Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Kenneth R. Ceithamer
August 6, 1924 - July 6, 2017 (Age 92)
Watertown, WI
Service: July 13, 2017
Kenneth R. Ceithamer
Kenneth R. Ceithamer, 92, of Watertown, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 6, 2017.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Patrick Wendler officiating. Burial will be in the St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery in Oconomowoc. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to St. Bernard Catholic Church. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Kenneth Richard Ceithamer was born on August 6, 1924 in Watertown to Anton and Mary (nee Dusek) Ceithamer. On November 27, 1952 he married Shirley Whelan at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Oconomowoc. Shirley preceded him in death on February 13, 2016. Kenneth served in the United States Army during World World II in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He went to Washington DC on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. He was so touched by the experience that with the help of his daughter, he put together a presentation about it and shared it with others. Ken was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 189 and VFW post 7852 where he was Commander for several years. He also was a member of Watertown Moose Lodge 830 and the Plattdeutscher Verein.
Kenneth was employed as a police officer first in the city of Oconomowoc then in Watertown. He was a supervisor at Bethesda Lutheran Home for many years and then went on to be the head of maintenance and grounds keeping there. In 1989 he retired from the Watertown Post Office. He then worked part time at the Garden Path Flower Shop delivering flowers. He always loved that he brought simple joy and smiles to people by his deliveries. Ken was also involved in city government and spent many years on the city counsel as an Alderman. In 2010, he had the honor of the Main Street Bridge being named after him.
He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, camping, going to ball games and once and a while a bus trip to a Casino, especially if they had a good buffet. He enjoyed cooking, especially his famous spaghetti and beans. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings and NASCAR Fan. Ken had great love for God and his country. He was a loving husband and father. His family meant so much to him. He will be greatly missed.
Kenneth is survived by his six children: Corrine O’Brien, Catherine (Tom) Henze, Kenneth G. (Amy) Ceithamer all of Watertown, Daniel (Josephine) Ceithamer of Singapore, Richard (Connie) Ceithamer of Watertown, Kristine Ceithamer of Silverdale, WA; seven grandchildren: CaTrina (Chris) Schwandt, Andrew (Brianna) Ceithamer, John (Nicole) King, Christal (Riley) Walker, Vanessa Ceithamer, Emily Ceithamer, and Noah Ceithamer; six great-grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was the last member of his immediate family.
He was further preceded by a son James in infancy; his parents; seven sisters and one brother.
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