Reverend Kenneth R. Wittrock, Jr.

Reverend Kenneth R. Wittrock, Jr.
June 22, 1951 – January 1, 2019

Preceded in death by parents, Charlotte and Kenneth Wittrock, Sr.; sister, Terrayne Klein; brother-in-law, Raymond Loy. Survived by wife, Charlotte; daughter, Kaitlin; sisters and brothers, Elizabeth Loy, Peter Wittrock, Martin Wittrock (Linda), Annie Rohrer (Darrel); brother-in-law, James Klein; many nieces and nephews.

 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Sunday, January 20th at 3pm at Rejoice Lutheran Church, 2556 South 138th St.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Rejoice Lutheran Church—Kenneth Wittrock Endowment Fund.



  • Karen and Carl Sum Posted January 2, 2019 3:35 pm

    Char and Katie: Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a great man and a great pastor. He will be missed. Karen and Carl Sum

  • Mark Van Scharrel Posted January 3, 2019 5:28 pm

    Sending love and appreciation on behalf of seminary classmates, faculty, and staff. Ken lived the Gospel!

    Mark Van Scharrrl

  • William Shaner Posted January 3, 2019 6:33 pm

    My prayers are with you. I appreciated Ken ministry when I was working for Martin Luther Homes in the 1990’s! May God continue to bless you and your family!

  • Beth Davis Wilson Posted January 3, 2019 7:17 pm

    Char and Kate, this is very sad news, our hearts are with you. He has been on our minds of late. He was a very good human being. We miss his joy of life. Our love to both of you.

  • Susan Schiltz Posted January 3, 2019 10:13 pm

    Char and Katie: sending much love and lots of prayers. Ken touched our family in so many ways. May his memory be eternal.

  • Mark and Caryl Grorud Posted January 4, 2019 8:19 am

    Ken was someone whose ministry I appreciated very much. He was a great pastor and leader. He will be missed. Blessings to the family and all who loved him. May the Peace of Christ sustain you. Pr. Mark Grorud

  • Ken & Darcy Lijoodi Posted January 4, 2019 9:18 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
    Ken & Darcy Lijoodi

  • Mike, Linda Ring Posted January 4, 2019 2:19 pm

    Paster Ken was special to us as a Pastor and a friend. Prayers for you both.

  • Dave and Sara Bird Posted January 4, 2019 10:56 pm

    We are so sad to hear of Pastor Ken’s passing. He was such an incredible pastor and part of the best memories of our life. He baptized and confirmed me, married Dave and I, and baptized our four sons.. His sermons were always my favorite. He had such a great sense of humor. I count it a great blessing to have known him and I know that he is now among Heaven’s angels. My prayers will continue to be with you Char and Katie during this difficult time. God Bless You.

  • Ellis Jensen Posted January 5, 2019 5:37 pm

    Ken was my friend

  • Pastor Craig Moeller Posted January 6, 2019 11:48 am

    Ken was a good friend of mine in high school and seminary. Loved his spirit and passion. Will never forget a trip from St. Louis to Chicago. Blessings and peace to you all.

  • Renae Johnson Posted January 6, 2019 2:26 pm

    I am sorry to learn of Ken’s death. Char and Katie, may our Lord Jesus Christ shine His light upon your darkness! I was a college student at Dana in 1976 when I did a semester of “shadowing” Pastor John Schmidt. (He was my confirmation pastor). Ken was like a link for me to Rejoice LC and to the memories of John and Mary Ann Schmidt, who also left this earth early in January 1988 (?) God brings healing in the midst of our trials. Keep breathing!

  • Stacy Lerner Posted January 6, 2019 4:24 pm

    Char & Kaitlin ~ My heart hurts for both of you and I am sending you my prayers for peace and comfort. Ken was such an important person in my life and in my development as both a Lutheran and as a person. He was an integral part of so many vital moments in my life and his care and support of me and David during David’s illness and death meant so much to both of us. I have an image of David and Ken, at Wrigley Field, enjoying a game on a sunny day, sharing a beer and great conversation! xoxo Stacy

  • Rick and Cindy Mason Posted January 6, 2019 5:43 pm

    Char and Katie, there are no words I’m sure for your loss. Thank you for allowing me to visit him. I enjoyed our visits greatly as I remember his wonderful at the church. He truly touched many.

    Rick, Cindy, Broc and Cole Mason.

  • Sheryl Gibson Posted January 9, 2019 3:13 pm

    IS 35:10
    They (the ransomed of the Lord) will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

    Now may the God of all comfort bring you His peace.
    Classmate of Ken’s at Concordia Milwaukee
    Sheryl (Weber) Gibson

  • Mark Studtmann Posted January 13, 2019 9:40 pm

    Great witness to Our Lord’s Gospel. Cherished by family and friends. My college and seminary roommate. We played guitars together and talked theology and philosophy while our wives cried with boredom and made fun of us til we would quit. .Hitch-hiked around America the summer before entering seminary and talked about it every time we met.
    Eternal friend..
    Eternal friend. .

  • James A Bahensky Posted January 15, 2019 10:20 am

    So sorry to hear about Pastor Ken. Even though we have not seen him for over 20 years, we will always have admiration for his talents, skills and joy of life. He was a great person and a great minister. Donna and I will be forever grateful for his friendship and performing our marriage vows.
    Our prayers are with Char and Katie during this difficult time.

    Jim and Donna Bahensky

  • Donn Seidholz Posted January 18, 2019 5:25 pm

    Pastor Ken was the reason why we chose Rejoice to confirm our kids- Matthew and Christopher. What a bright , funny and caring guy. He always made us laugh and at the same time ponder what religion really is.
    Rest in peach Ken:)

  • teri Lewiston Posted January 18, 2019 7:43 pm

    Pastor Ken, you will be missed! You were a wonderful Pastor and I am thankful for the help and support I received from you. Thank you for helping me through some very difficult times and in such a caring way. A hug to you in heaven! My thoughts go out to Char and Katie and I hope you can find peace!

  • Clyde and Joan Garmong Posted January 19, 2019 2:51 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to all of Ken’s family. Ken was our wonderful pastor for 30+ years. I always loved his sermons with a dash of humor. He was a part of everything in our family from my daughter’s confirmation to our wedding. He will be greatly missed. God bless.

  • Dallas Strube Posted January 19, 2019 5:41 pm

    I’m sitting here listening to “Bookends”, a song we all loved to hear him play and thinking of Ken. He was a big part of my life as we began to explore life, love, theology and the wonders of the world. He was a great friend and influence in my life. I am thankful that he found you as his soulmate. God’s blessings to both you and Kate.

  • Mike & Karen Kuzelka Posted January 19, 2019 5:44 pm

    Our deepest condolences to Char.and family! It’s hard to tell you to know what to say for a great friend that Ken was to us. It was a great time to work with Ken when we had to have a funeral for a family from St. Peter’s Church in Pilger. Ken was a very caring person for the people of his congregation. Char you both meant a great deal to a lot of people. We are sorry that we can’t be with you Sunday but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family..
    May Ken rest in the arms of our Lord in peace.

  • Dawn Dahlberg Posted January 20, 2019 9:55 pm

    Rest in peace dear friend. We will miss you and were blessed to have you in our lives.

  • Kerry Thomas Posted January 21, 2019 11:39 am

    Char & Katie,
    I’m sure I added to his gray hair when I joined Rejoice and started volunteering with the youth in ‘92. He told me one time that he was just sure we were going to demolish the church with my concept of “Youth Led Yourh Ministry,” but then he watched as the youth developed their leadership skills and came to love their church. He always met us with such grace-I will never forget that…it was who he was. Char, , your sense of humor was what kept him laughing when, sometimes, things didn’t seem too funny. We lost an incredible human being. Peace and comfort to you and Katie, Char.

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