M. Kettner: 1947–2013
Michael Edward Kettner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 11, 1947. He was the fourth and youngest child of Robert and Geraldine Kettner. Michael started writing seriously in his early 20s, a passion that lasted his whole life. Michael met and married Kathleen McGin in 1979, and he and Kathleen moved to Seattle during their first year of marriage. They ran several businesses, including McKettner publishing in the mid 1980s, which published Catalyst, a poetry and arts publication distributed free of charge. The publication and company lasted until 1997 when Michael and Kathleen parted ways. Michael met Crystal Kiley in 2003 and they spent the last decade of his life together. Michael spent his final years writing poetry and working on two novels that are not yet published. Michael wrote daily until a second stroke, on April 6, 2012, robbed him of the ability. He died peacefully after a long illness on July 27, 2013, at the age of 66, in Seattle, Washington. Michael is survived by his sister Sue, his son Raymond, and his partner Crystal Kiley.