Rev. Laurie Kidd
Organist ~Marciene Kniffen
Special Music ~ “I Am to Old to Die Young” by Mo Bandy
“How Great Thou Art”
“Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone”
Dan Wiederrich, Jay Wiederrrich,
Clay Wittmeier, Andrew Ortman,
Greg Wittmeier, & Bob Wittmeier
Ken “Sonny” Wittmeier was born on August 22, 1936 to Albert and Emma Wittmeier on a farm 1½ miles west of Tyndall, South Dakota which they lived at for 63 years. He attended school through the 8th grade at which time he began farming. He enjoyed working shelling corn, hauling bales, going south with his cousins’ combining crew, and setting up machinery. He also delivered for a local trucker and as a subdriver for Consumer Supply. He could fix and make anything. On Decemeber 29, 1960, Ken was united in marriage to Norma Bittner, the girl of his dreams. They took over the farm raising many hogs and cattle.
Over the years, he enjoyed riding motorcycle, snowmobiling, bowling, playing cards, and especially tractor rides. He loved collecting caps of which he acquired 400 in total. In 1999, he and Norma semi-retired and moved into Tyndall. His work on the farm didn’t end there, as he still ran tractor as well as truck for his son. Seldom did he miss a home school event usually sitting in the front row to cheer on his grandkids and the entire Cavalier team. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Tyndall, as well as the Tri-State Old Iron Association and the Tyndall Cemetery Board.
Ken passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall having attained the age of 81 years, 1 month, and 23 days.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Norma Wittmeier of Tyndall; daughter Kay Wittmeier of Sioux Falls; son Lee (Cheri) Wittmeier of Tyndall; and grandchildren: Andrew Ortman, Clay Wittmeier, and Lacey Wittmeier.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Ryan Ortman, sisters Irene Fischer and Delores Wiederrich, and his parents-in-law Emil and Clara Bittner.