Gary Lee “Ketto” Ronchetto
September 13, 1946 – November 16, 2019
Gary, or “Ketto”, as he was known by most of his friends, was one of a kind. He was born in Macon, Missouri. He grew up on a farm with his siblings Bobby and Janice (Brandon). His loving parents, Johnny and Louise, set an example of a strong work ethic which he worked to imitate in everything he did. He was a record setting athlete playing football and running track and field at Macon High. He was proud of his Midwest roots! He attended college in Kirksville, MO and was drafted into the Army in 1968. He was honored to serve as a Medic in Vietnam and it gave him his unique appreciation of life.
After the service, he left 12 degree weather in Missouri to attend an Orange Bowl game in sunny Miami and decided to stay. He met and married his Pan Am flight attendant wife, Irene, and they raised their 3 wonderful children Matt, Slane and Lisa. He treasured spending time with them, their spouses, Mandy (Roush), and Brian Rowitz and his 6 adored Grandchildren; McKenna, Maysen, Myla, Matty, Shawn and Tyler. Irene and Ketto had just celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on Halloween!
He worked as a banker at Commercial Bank of Kendall and eventually retired after many years with Tropical Credit Union. Ketto was a happy retiree, golfing, traveling and following his beloved San Francisco Giants. He spent time with his buddies at the VFW, American Legion, Moose and Hole in the Wall, drinking beer, playing pool and telling stories. He never had to tell any “Tall Tales” because he had enough crazy true stories to entertain a crowd.
Ketto was honest, generous, funny, loyal and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, boss and friend. He was nicknamed “Google” by some because of his amazing recall of places, events and sport’s stats!
He was admired and loved by SO many and will be remembered and missed.
Was proud of his service as an Army Medic in Vietnam. He was a 19 year member of his local post:
American Legion post#133
16401 SW 90 AVE
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Those asking if they can do anything in lieu of flowers might contribute in his name to his American Legion Post #133. Thank you.
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