Arthur William Ketelsen, age 98, of Ames, died at Northcrest Community on April 18, 2018.
Art was born February 12, 1920 in Chicago, Il. to Arthur F. and Frieda Kuehl Ketelsen. He
graduated from Lane Tech High School. In September of 1938. Art went to work for Hibbard,
Spencer and Bartlett, a hardware wholesaler in Chicago. He married Delores Kipley on
October 25, 1941 in Riverdale, IL. In November of 1942 Art enlisted in the Army Air Corp as a
Second Lt. and became a B 17 pilot. In November of 1944 Randall was born. Art was
discharged in October 1945 and the Ketelsen's then moved to Newton, IA with Hibbard,
Spencer and Bartlett. In May of 1947 their son James was born. Art joined the staff of Carr
Hardware in Ames in 1954 and in 1965 Art and Jim Daffin bought Carr Hardware, which Art
operated until 1994. Art served on the Board of Directors of Cotter and Company, the parent
organization of True Value Hardware stores.
Art was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, ISU Cyclone Club, Ames Golf and Country
Club, Ames Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Iowa Hardware Association, Elks, Masonic
Lodge A. F.& A.M. and City of Ames Board of Adjustments.
Art is survived by his son Randall and daughter-in-law Mary Ketelsen of Englewood, FL;
daughter-in-law Kathe Ketelsen of Ames; grandchildren: Daniel Ketelsen of Arlington, VA,
Michael and Jennifer Ketelsen of Victoria, MN., Andrea Ketelsen of Denver CO., and Alyssa
Ketelsen of Chicago, Il.; great grandchildren: Sam and Cate Ketelsen of Victoria, MN.
Art was preceded in death by his son, James; wife, Dolores; sister, Ruth Cleveland; and
special friend, Helen Ingvoldstad.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Croix Hospice, 1555 S. E. Delaware Ave.
Suite Q, Ankeny, Iowa 50021, or Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Avenue, Ames,
Memorial donations may also be made in Art's name to the Northcrest Foundation, 1801 20th Street, Ames, IA 50010.