John David Kettyle, 57, had a knack for creating long-lasting relationships

John David Kettyle, 57, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Sunday, April 14, 2019. The son of Faith and David C. Kettyle, John was born Jan. 30, 1962, in Staten Island, New York.

He attended Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary, then immediately went on to join the U.S. Navy as an engineman. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1996 making Norfolk his permanent home. John was fortunate to be able to work in a field he loved and was able to work for employers who respected and valued him. The remainder of his career revolved around the marine diesel industry, working as a dedicated technician for Carter Caterpillar, then transitioning back to the Department of the Navy as a diesel inspector.

John was an avid outdoorsman who loved boating, camping, fishing and photography. Nothing pleased John more than spending time with his family, friends, volunteering and working on Caterpillar engines (although over time he came to terms with the Fairbanks engine).

John had a knack for quickly making lasting relationships and becoming fast friends and “brothers” with everyone he interacted with. More than anything else in the world, he devoted himself to his family.

He is survived by Maryann, his devoted wife of 34 years; daughters, Shawna Kettyle (Zachary Lewis) and Megan Gillispie (Daniel Gillispie); brother, Stephen Kettyle (Francine Kettyle); and “house daughter,” Janet Justice.

Two viewings will be held, the first will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18; the second viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 19, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 20, at Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalist Church at 809 S. Military Highway, Virginia Beach. All who were touched by him are welcome to help us reflect on and celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coastal Virginia UU NEST Program, the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League or the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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