In Memory of

Richard L. Wittrock

May 28, 1954 - June 21, 2019
From: Rockwell City, IA


Richard Lee Wittrock, 65, of Rockwell City, Iowa, died unexpectedly on the first day of summer, Friday, June 21, 2019.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, Rockwell City, with Pastor Anita Bane officiating. Burial of casket will follow at Rosehill Cemetery, Rockwell City.  Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City.

 

   Richard was born May 28, 1954, in Cherokee, Iowa, the son of Robert and Dorothy (Lenz) Wittrock, Sr.  He graduated from Holstein High School in 1973.  On July 22, 1973, he married April Leonard. They had two children, Jacob and Christie, and later divorced in the late 1990’s.  After high school, Richard worked at various places as a farmer and a meat cutter.  He eventually went to work for Goettsch’s Restaurant in Holstein, purchasing the business in 1986, and renaming it CJ’s Restaurant.

 

   In the spring of 1987, Richard suffered a debilitating stroke that changed his life. After many years of rehabilitation, he regained his speech, mobility, and stabilized his vision.  While he was left with long-term effects, his recovery was remarkable. The community provided amazing support for the restaurant and family, but it was evident he wouldn’t return to the business. During this time, he started delivering newspapers and taking on lawn mowing, garden tilling and other odd jobs in the Holstein area.  He and his family also had a small crafts business named Family Crafts for a few years.

 

   On September 23, 2000, he married Wilma Dolph Goodman in Holstein.  Richard was already planning a special trip to Branson for their wedding anniversary this fall. They moved to Rockwell City in 2002, where he continued delivering newspapers and doing yard work. He branded himself as the County-Wide Yard Man.  Several years ago, he started mowing for the city at Rosehill Cemetery where he was passionate about being the caretaker and making sure it always looked good for the community.

 

   Richard will be remembered for his unbelievable work ethic. He worked whenever he could and was always seeking new jobs to help people.  He loved tooling around town in his truck, visiting with friends along the way.  One of his favorite things was to have a pop and banter with the guys at the shop.

 

   After 30 years of newspaper delivery, he retired at the end of 2018. Because he was able to get regular sleep, he and Wilma joined the Rockwell City United Methodist Church. He even bought a new suit and proudly wore it every Sunday they attended.  On rare casual days, he could be found tending to his garden, fishing, working in the garage, cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, and spending time with his family.

 

   Survivors include his wife, Wilma of Rockwell City, children, Jacob (Ethan Olson) Wittrock of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Christie (Michael) Kolpin of Arthur, Iowa; Wilma’s children, Paul Goodman of Rockwell City, Kelly Goodman of Lake View, and Peter Goodman of Rockwell City; and grandchildren, Austin (Renae Price) Kolpin, Catherine Kolpin, Ryan Kolpin, Chase Goodman, Naia Goodman, Brody Goodman, and Jett Goodman.

 

  Richard is also survived by his siblings, Karen Gibbins of Grandview, Missouri, Linda (Leslie) Reincke of Denison, Iowa, Robert (Luann) Wittrock, Jr. of Cherokee, and Diane (David) Scott of Holstein; brother-in-law, Del (Barbara) Dolph of Mankato, Minnesota; and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

 

   He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant sister, Sandra.

 

   Most importantly, he would want to tell you one last joke and to remember, “I’ll send you a bill”.

 

  Please share your love, support, and memories with Richard’s family on his obituary page at www.palmerswankfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be directed to the family.

SERVICES
Funeral Services
10:30 a.m. - Thursday
June 27, 2019
United Methodist Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
OFFICIATING
Pastor Anita Bane
CASKET BEARERS
Catherine Kolpin
Ryan Kolpin
Austin Klpin
Chase Goodman
Brody Goodman
Jett Goodman
Naia Goodman
VISITATION
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Wednesday
June 26, 2019
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Rockwell City, Iowa
MUSIC
Organist - Fran Lawson
INTERMENT
Rosehill Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa

Condolences

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 6:16 AM
“Wilma and family so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers sent your way.”
- Dianna Porter Renzo

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:33 PM
“My sympathies to your family at this time of deep sorrow. Death of a loved one brings great sadness but our Heavenly Father promises us that he will bring us comfort at Romans 15:5. I hope that family, friends and your memories will bring you a measure of peace and calm.
- Naomi Lewis

Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 1:21 PM
“Thinking of your family during this difficult time.”
- David Cleary & Matthew Shea

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 3:58 PM
“Jacob, We are so sorry for your loss!”
- Donald and Barbara Cooper

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9:58 AM
“On behalf of the Holstein High School Class of 1973, we offer our prayers and condolences. Richard was a hard worker and the obituary was a nice tribute to a life well lived. May he Rest In Peace.”
- HHS Class of 1973

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 8:18 AM
“Sorry for your loss Wilma. We send prayers to you and your family”
- Paulette Fogerty

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 4:55 PM
“Jacob
So sorry to read about the passing of your father. Take care of yourself in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Michael Lensing

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1:28 PM
“Betty & I are sorry to hear about Richard. I was a 1969 classmate of Bob Wittrock & David Scott. Our condolences to Richard's family”
- randy kay

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 5:52 PM
“Rest In Peace Richard ol buddy Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie “tuna” Schnirring

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 3:35 PM
“Wilma I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Kay ”
- Kay Chambers

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 1:01 PM
“Wilma, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.”
- Mary Moriarty Bartholomew

Monday, June 24, 2019 at 11:15 AM
“It's always sad when a good friend passes. I ran into Rich about a year ago. Don't remember where but we had a good laugh about some of the things we did together. He used get so frustrated because he couldn't beat me at Atari Football for one. I really want to go to his funeral but can't due to critical heart problems and can't drive or ride that far. I will be praying for his family in their time of grief. God Bless!”
- Rod Hall

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 7:55 PM
“Jacob
I have no words. My thoughts are with you.

Tom

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- Tom Barnes

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 5:47 PM
“Wilma and family, Jerry and I will miss Richard. It was always fun, running in to him and having a conversation. He was such a good man. Our love and sympathy to you all.”
- June McGowan

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 5:14 PM
“Our sincere condolences, may God give you comfort and peace at this difficult time. ”
- Rick & Teresa Villareal

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 4:37 PM
“Jacob and Ethan--words don't really seem adequate at times like this. But know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. Take comfort in the fact that your loved one has now received his crown of eternal life.”
- Robin Wagner

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 4:37 PM
“Wilma, So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He had a good life. Many will miss him.”
- Janet Lindstrom

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 4:14 PM
“Sorry for your loss Wilma. Going to miss you buddy! ”
- Bill Schumacher

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 3:02 PM
“Wilma, our thoughts and prayers surround you and your family during this difficult time.”
- Kathy & Ron Johnson

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 3:02 PM
“Wilma, our thoughts and prayers surround you and your family during this difficult time.”
- Kathy & Ron Johnson

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 7:37 AM
“So sorry for your loss”
- Aimee

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 7:37 AM
“So sorry for your loss Wilma , thoughts and prayers for you ”
- Tess & Mike Sittig

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 7:37 AM
“Sorry for your loss Wilma and Family. May he Rest In Peace ”
- Marilyn and Ron Thompson

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 9:02 PM
“So sorry for you loss I enjoyed working with Richard last year when I too worked for the city of Rockwell mowing.”
- K.C. Feldbauer

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 9:02 PM
“So sorry for your loss, he will be missed!”
- Josh Johnson

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 9:02 PM
“My sincere sympathy, prayers for your family.”
- Theresa Knowles

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 7:14 PM
“Kelly, Paul, Pete and Wilma, Sorry for your loss.”
- Lori hansen

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 3:50 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss, Wilma!”
- Carol Thompson

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 3:27 PM
“So sorry to hear this! Prayers and hugs to Wilma and family.🙏”
- Carol Flickinger

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 2:11 PM
“Sending you, Wilma, and your family love and prayers of sympathy. ”
- Lori Erkenbrack

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:43 PM
“So sorry for your loss, Wilma.
Thinking of you at this sad time. {{hugs}}
- Dale and Susan Wells

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:20 PM
“Hold on to the happy memories of your time together. ”
- Sharon

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:19 PM
“Rob & I would like to express our condolences to the family. Our prayers are with you at this time. ”
- Rob & Pam Wise

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 12:29 PM
“Richard was a hard working, good friend. He loved his family. We are sorry.”
- Jeff and Barb Anderson

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 12:29 PM
“Our sincere sympathies”
- Shelly &Ray Teague


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