Jared Michael Ketchum passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018 in Grenada West Indies while attending St. George’s University School of Medicine.
Jared was born October 16, 1985 at Bayfront Hospital in St Petersburg Florida to Cindy (Stein) and Steven Ketchum. Jared spent his youth in Port Charlotte Florida where he attended Liberty Elementary, Murdock Middle and graduated in 2004 from Port Charlotte High School. He was very involved in sports and was a member of the Port Charlotte Bandits Youth Football program, Port Charlotte Little League Baseball and the Harold Avenue Recreation Youth Basketball Program. Jared lettered in both football and basketball at Port Charlotte high School. Jared not only excelled in sports but also academically. He was elected to the Pop Warner Scholastic team many times and was also awarded the freshman basketball scholastic award. He graduated magna cum laude with an Associate Degree in Arts from St Petersburg College and from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology. He was at St Georgia’s University fulfilling his dream to become a Pediatric Oncologist.
Jared is survived by his mother and father, Cindy and Greg Earl; his brother PJ (Christina Harmon) Earl; special grandmother Dorothy (Muntz) Earl; aunts and uncles, Mary (David)Kaspar, Vicki Rinehart, Angela Bramley, Karen Corbet, Patricia (Paul) Peavy, Larry Colagross, Jake, Mike, Bill and Rob (Maria)Stein and Keith Ketchum; cousins Robbie Kaspar, Katie (Zeke) Flores, Donnie Rinehart. Renea (Chris) Hladky, Donna Rinehart and William Bramley; great uncles Edward and Roger Plute. He is also survived by many other family members and friends. Jared is preceded in death by his father, Steve Ketchum; grandparents, Wesley and Winifred (Plute) Stein, Albert “JacK” Ketchum and Margaret (Lindsay) Booth; special grandfather Lester Earl and his great grandparents, great aunts and uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held 11:00AM, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jared’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Foundation at 2700 W Dr Martin Luther King Blvd Suite 310, Tampa FL 33607 or online at www.give2stjoeskids.org.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.