Jamé L. Kettering, 59, of Moline, Illinois, died Friday, March 10, 2023, at home.
Private family services to celebrate Jamé’s life will be held. Cremation will take place at Trimble
Crematory, Moline, under the direction of Trimble Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to his wife or
children through private channels or social media.
Jamé Lee Kettering was born August 12, 1963, in Rock Island, Illinois, the son of Jack Lowell and
Virginia Lee (Straight) Kettering. He married the love of his life, Shandolyn Dyer on November 4, 2009.
His first job was in a grocery store at the age of thirteen. He graduated from United Township Highschool
in 1980. He then actively served the U.S Army as an Airborne Ranger with the 44th Pursuit from 1980 to
1983. In 1988 he was honorably discharged. He worked at several restaurants as a cook or a chef. His last
job was a grounds keeper at the Camelot KOA Campgrounds in Rock Island.
Jamé had many passions in life. He loved to cook for everyone and shared his love for others through his
cooking. He also enjoyed woodworking, whether it be just fixing things or carving/building things like
chairs. He was known as “Poppie Claus”, bringing smiles to many children, and as “King Auberon Dela’
Reve” at the many medieval reenactments and festivals that he and his wife helped to run. He was a gifted
singer who went to state with choir when in high school. He also enjoyed anything to do with nature,
especially camping, gardening, and being in the elements (sun or rain was okay by him).
Jamé was a teacher to many. He taught others how to cook, survival skills, and home making. He also
helped guide people spiritually, mentally, and emotionally to become their true selves. Above all else,
family was the most important thing to Jamé. He will be remembered as a person who showed others
how to work together and love unconditionally. He will truly be missed.
Jamé is survived by his beloved wife, Shani; six children, Taren (Tiffany) Long of Rock Island, James
(Rachel) Kettering of Davenport, Edwin Cushing of Atlanta, Georgia, Ashling (Josh) Arndt of Davenport,
and Bri (Madison) Riley of North Carolina, Collin Kettering of Madison, Wisconsin; five grandchildren,
Malakyte, Taren Jr., Aidenn, Tylin, and Trenton; and siblings, Jack M. Kettering and Valkyrie Kettering.
He was preceded in death by his parents.