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OBITUARY: James Michael Ketchum, 57, touched lives in medical profession, was ‘enthusiastic pyrotechnician’

James Michael Ketchum, 57, of Georgetown, Texas, has joined the presence of our Lord on Jan. 29, 2013, at St. David’s Hospital in Round Rock. While visiting his mother and father in Burnet, he sustained a head injury in a fall Jan. 23, resulting in immediate brain surgery. While the surgery was successful in removing a clot, unfortunately there was too much damage for him to overcome.

Michael was born Sept. 15, 1955, to James and Jeannine Starks Ketchum in San Antonio.
The family moved to Schertz-Cibolo, where Michael grew up. He attended Samuel Clemens High School and graduated in 1973. He continued his education at Texas A&M University in Bryan-College Station, graduating with a degree in zoology in 1977.

Later, he attended Austin Community College in Austin, where he became an amazing surgical technician. He began his medical career at Seton Northwest in Austin. He then seized upon an opportunity to gain more knowledge at the prestigious Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He moved back home to be closer to his parents and had been with Georgetown Hospital, now St. David’s Georgetown, for the last 14 years. He has assisted his “docs” in numerous surgeries and, hence, has touched many lives. He truly excelled at his profession because it made him so happy.

Michael loved his family immensely and sought every opportunity to be with them. He loved to travel with his parents, sister and brother-in-law, niece and various friends of the family to their chosen destination of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It became a tradition everyone relished.

He also was an enthusiastic pyrotechnician. His sister, Kay, and brother-in-law, Gayland, actively participated in setting up and firing commercial fireworks displays.

Michael cherished his friends and co-workers and treated everyone with love and respect. He was a joy to be around and will be missed for years to come.

Survivors include his parents, Jeannine and James Ketchum of Burnet; sister, Elizabeth Kay and husband Gayland K. Miller of Burnet; niece, Meagan G. Miller of Austin; and many loving cousins, who all recall fun times spent with him through the years.

A funeral service is Feb. 2 with arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008, Pastor Grady Roe of Highland Lakes United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Bluffton Cemetery, located on RR 2241 in Llano County.

Michael loved animals, especially dogs. Memorial gifts may be sent to