Phillip Ketscher, 55, of Joseph is probably known to many as the regional credit manager for Zion Bank in Enterprise or the owner and operator of a cattle concern or as the former credit administrator for the Joseph Community Bank Branch or as president of the Stockgrowers Scholarship Committee.
Ketscher graduated from Enterprise High School in 1980 and went on to get his degree in Agricultural Resource Economics at Oregon State.
He met his wife Charity, daughter of Randy and Robin Warner (managers of the Cove Christian Camp) on a blind date in 2002 in Enterprise. They were married in 2003 and have two children. Their daughter, Emily Warnock of Imnaha, is the wife of B.J. Warnock and mother of five month-old Miles (who is the apple of Phillip’s eye). Their son, Kobe, is a freshman in college studying business.
Charity is a professional photographer and farm wife and Phillip, in true Wallowa County fashion, is also working multiple jobs. They are both members of the Wallowa County Stockgrowers where Phillip serves on the Scholarship Committee.
Q. You’re a local boy married to a local girl, but you’ve both been other places. So, why settle in Wallowa County?
A. It’s a beautiful area and it’s rural and allows me to get out and work with cattle and horses. And it’s a great place to raise kids. There are great people here. You’re surrounded by people you know and trust. I think it’s a slower pace here and a small town constantly puts you in situations where you’re working with a lot of the same people over and over — you develop a closer relationships.
Q. What do you think Wallowa County has taught you?
A. I think Wallowa County teaches importance of hard work, because you have to work hard to succeed here — and probably that you have to rely more on family. That brings us closer.
Q. Can you recall the first book you checked out of the library for yourself?
A. I don’t think I can, but I remember having “Animal Farm” by George Orwell read to us by Mrs. Moore in fifth grade in Enterprise. I thought the lessons in that book were applicable to real life and showed what it could be like without fairness.
Q. Can you recommend a book you’ve read recently?
A. Most of my reading is trade and agricultural periodicals. Most of the time I’m so tired when I get home that reading a book puts me to sleep pretty easily. My wife read me “Temperance Creek: A Memoir” by Pam Royse (available at The Bookloft in Enterprise) when we drove down to California to visit relatives. That was a well-written book.