Kettwick retires this week at FTSB

Mike Kettwick

Another longtime employee is retiring from Farmers Trust and Savings Bank, as Mike Kettwick’s last day at the bank will be this Friday, Aug. 2. Kettwick has been with the bank for 36 years and two months, and an open house was scheduled for him this Tuesday, July 30 at the Heritage Town Center from 5-7 p.m.

Kettwick’s retirement at the bank follows the recent retirements of Brian Vander Wilt and Elroy Schlake.

A native of Buffalo Center, Kettwick started out as a diesel mechanic before going into banking. He attended a vocational-technical school after high school for two years and then worked at Jensvold, Inc. for four years, where he serviced John Deere and International tractors. He then decided to go back to school, and he attended Iowa State University for three years to pursue a degree in Ag Education with a minor in Ag Business.

“When I was about ready to graduate, Jim Engle from the bank called me and asked if I was interested in going into banking,” said Kettwick. He says he wasn’t originally planning on coming back to Buffalo Center to work, but he decided to take the job, and he started at FTSB in May of 1983.

Kettwick has spent his years at the bank as an Ag and commercial lender, and he retires as Vice President. He says it’s been a challenging and fun job. “I’ve had a lot of great customers and great people to work with,” said Kettwick.

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