Cooking 02

James Allen Ketara

January 7, 1968 ~ November 18, 2021 (age 53)


James Allen Ketara, age 53, of South Bend, IN, passed away at his home on Thursday evening, November 18, 2021. James was a chef and worked for a few of the local establishments in South Bend and Elkhart.  In San Diego, CA, he was the head chef and operations manager of APEX Recovery -- winning employee of the year in 2019.

James was born on January 7, 1968 in Baltimore, MD, and has lived in this area since January, coming from San Diego, CA. On July 10, 2000 in Las Vegas, he married Stacy Zellner who survives. 

Also surviving is his mother, Lynn Ketara of California, MD, as well as two sons, Pierce Ketara of South Bend and Timothy Spencer, stationed in San Diego, CA. James' father, Charles Ketara, preceded him in death.

In accordance with his wishes, James will be cremated. Palmer Funeral Homes – Hickey Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left for the family at


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James Allen Ketara, please visit our floral store.


No Services to be Held

© 2021 Palmer Funeral Homes. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy