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April 7, 2014

Jorma R. Keto

Jorma R. KetoMay 9, 1918-March 20, 2014

GREENCASTLE, Pa.. — Jorma Raymond Keto, 95, of Maryland Line Road, Greencastle (Coseytown), Pa., died Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Homewood, Williamsport, Md., with his daughter by his side.

Born May 9, 1918, in Salen, Mass., he was the son of Onni and Hilja (Korhonen) Keto, formerly from Finland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the love of his life, Julia Helen (Wickholm) Keto, in 2007. They were married May 9, 1943, in New York City, while he was in the Army.

He is survived by his children, Karlen Keto of Yarrowsburg, Md., Hilkka Brucksch (John) of Smithsburg, Md., and Raymond Keto (Joan) of New Bern, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Autumn, Erik, Megan, Elizabeth, Juliana, Matthew, Evan and Diana; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and his brother, Wally of Oneonta.

Ray grew up on Emmons Farms in Oneonta, where his father was head gardener and estate manager. He graduated in 1936, from Oneonta High School and graduated in 1940, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, with a degree in mechanical engineering.

He served in the Army during World War II stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, researching ordnance. He received the Army Commendation Medal for his work there.

After the war, he returned to graduate school at RPI and was also a course head in the physics department. His first employment after leaving RPI was at the National Bureau of Standards and then under the Department of Defense at Harry Diamond Labs as a research scientist.

Tiring of city life he fulfilled his dream of retiring to the country where he has lived for the past 40 years.

Ray was proud of his Finnish heritage, speaking the language throughout his life and traveling to Finland to meet his relatives.

In his heart, he never left Oneonta, often telling his children of his idyllic childhood and the adventures he and Wally had living at Emmons.

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