Olathe, KS – Sunday, January 15, 2023, loving husband and father Steven Jay Ketel passed away at the age of 57.
Steve was born on October 5, 1965 in Klamath Falls, OR to Kenneth and Diane (Buising) Ketel. He grew up in Rapid City, SD and graduated from Stevens High School in 1984. Steve attended Southern Methodist University for two and a half years before transferring and graduating from the University of Missouri with a BA in Accounting in 1988.
He initially worked in public accounting in Kansas City where he met his future wife. On November 29, 1997, he married Mary Kristin Walczak. They raised a daughter and son, Katie and Quinn. His children were the light of his life.
Steve had many friends from all parts of his life. He was a sports enthusiast and loyal fan. He loved to play golf and was very active in his children’s activities. He was known for his laughter and love of fun. He had a kind and compassionate spirit.
Steve is survived by his parents, Ken and Diane, Rapid City, SD; his wife Kristi; and children: Katie and Quinn, Olathe, KS; his sister, Susan (Andy) Michael, Denver, NC; two grandchildren; two grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Wesley Chapel, Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS. Memorials can be sent to Children’s Mercy Hospital (support.childrensmercy.org) or the Church of the Resurrection (cor.org).