Generation 12



Jason Henry Wittrock (1974-1994)

Tulsa World, December 03, 1994

OU Student Dies of Injuries

NORMAN (AP) -- Flags on the University of Oklahoma campus were at half-staff Friday in honor of a student who died when a flag pole toppled over at a fraternity party. University president David Boren ordered the flags lowered after the 9:20 a.m. death of Jason Henry Wittrock, 20, of Okarche.

Wittrock had been in critical condition at Norman Regional Hospital since the back of his head was crushed about 2 a.m. Thursday at the Phi Kappa Psi house.

Wittrock was a member of the fraternity, which Boren suspended Thursday. The house will be closed in the spring.

In a statement released Friday, Boren expressed his sympathy to Wittrock's family and friends. He called Wittrock "a fine young man who will be greatly missed on this campus." Fraternity members were shaking the flagpole in front of their fraternity house when the pole broke in two parts and fell onto the group.

A second student, who was not identified, was treated for minor injuries. Some beer may have been consumed by those shaking the flagpole when it snapped, university officials said.


> Jason Wittrock Memorial Scholarship
  (University of Oklahoma, School of Architecture)

> Jason Henry Wittrock Outstanding Shooter Trophy Awards
   (Big Sky Basketball ShootOut Missoula, Montana)










Generation 11



Geraldine Jeanette "Gerry" Crowell (1918-2004)
Mrs. Edward Siegel

Mateo County Times , September 17, 2004

GERALDINE "GERRY" J. SIEGEL April 1918 — September 2004 of San Mateo, CA, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 14, 2004, has reunited with her husband, Edward [Siegel], after 44 years. Gerry died at the age of 86 with her family around her in Mt. Angel, OR. She left behind an incredible legacy of 7 children, Larry, Diane, Patty, Sherry, Glenn, Don and Debbie, 3 sons-in-law, 3 daughters-in-law and 21 grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be at St. Gregory's Church in San Mateo on Friday, September 17, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.















Generation 13



Paul Tyler Knecht (1983-2005)

Okarche Chieftain, February 2005

Funeral services were Monday, February 7, 2005, for Paul "Tyler" Knecht, 21, who died Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, in a car accident near Glencoe, OK.

He was the son of Denny and Melissa Knecht of Okarche. He was born on May 20, 1983 in Okarche and graduated from Okarche High School in 2002.

Officiating minister was the Rev. John E. Ellington, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Okarche. Burial was in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Okarche, under direction of the Sanders Funeral Services of Kingfisher. Funeral services were held in the Okarche High School fieldhouse.

While in high school, Tyler was an active Okarche Warrior, where he participated as a member of the basketball and golf teams. He was also a member of numerous student organizations and on the honor roll. Tyler was active in the Okarche 4-H Club, Kingfisher County Trap Shooting Team and 4-H Ambassador program. He was named to the Kingfisher County 4-H Hall of Fame in 1999.

He received his associates degree in Business Management from Redlands Community College in 2004. While at Redlands, he served as an RCC Student Ambassador. He also received the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Scholarship in 2003. He was a member of Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity, of which he served as Vice President.

Tyler was currently attending Oklahoma State University pursuing a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. At OSU, he was a member of the 4-H Alumni Association and was an active participant in intramural sports.

Tyler was wonderful person that could always make you laugh. He was the true meaning of a friend and was always there for everyone. He will truly be missed by anyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him. Tyler was an excellent young man who valued his faith, his family, and his friends.

He is survived by his parents, Denny and Melissa Knecht; sister Brandi and husband, Brian Krittenbrink; and nephew and niece, Wyatt and Gracie, all of Okarche; his grandparents Melvin and Mary Meyer and Paul and Ruth Knecht. He is preceded in death by a sister, Katlyn and grandparents Andy, and Mildred Laub; Walter and Myrtle Meyer; John and Theresa Wittrock and Leo and Rose Knecht.

The family requests donations be made to the: Tyler Knecht Memorial Scholarship, RCC Foundation, 1300 S. Country Club, El Reno, OK. 73036.









Generation 11

Max and Mildred (Wittrock) Pappe




Mildred Rose Wittrock (1921-2005)
Mrs. Max Pappe

The Kingfisher Times, Sunday, March 20, 2005

Mildred Rose Pappe, 84, died March 14th at Wellington Place in Rancho Mirage, Calif. where she has resided since July 2004.

Born January 9, 1921 on a farm near Okarche, Ok la., she was the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Nieland) Wittrock. She was raised in Okarche and attended Holy Trinity School.

On November 16, 1943 she married Max Major Pappe of Kingfisher, Ok la. Following the birth of their three children, the family moved to Downey, Calif., where they lived for twenty-three years. In 1971 the couple retired to Cathedral City, Calif..

Mildred had several careers throughout her life. Besides being a dedicated homemaker, she worked as a fashion model and taught home economics for ten years at Pius X High School in Paramount, Calif.. After moving to Cathedral City, she was a highly successful home appliance saleswoman. In her free time she pursued sewing as a hobby and was a frequent guest at the Elks Lodge, where she and Max were renowned for their love of dancing.

She was admired by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She will be remembered above all as a devoted wife to her husband Max as well as being hard working, honest, gracious and outgoing, and as a warm and caring mother and grandmother.

Mildred Pappe is survived by her three children and their spouses, Donald and Judy Pappe of Whittier Calif., Marilyn Davis of Cathedral City Calif., and Elaine and Robert Lawson of Laguna Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren, Kimberly Cheney, Robert Willis, Angela and Jessica Lawson; and five great grandchildren; two brothers, Cletus Wittrock of Okarche Okla., Carl Wittrock of Bethany OK; one sister, Rita Forman of Kingfisher Okla., and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her devoted husband of 58 years; three brothers, Lawrence and Herbert Wittrock of Okarche Okla., and Louis Wittrock of Carroll, Iowa.

The family requests that Mildred Pappe be remembered by making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association in her name. Donations can be mailed to Alzheimer's Association, Coachella Valley Regional Office, 73-710 Fred Waring Dr., Suite 208, Palm Desert, CA 92260.








Generation 12



Larry Francis Wittrock (1961-2005)

Merced Sun-Star, August 6, 2005

Larry Francis Wittrock was born on March 13, 1961 in Roswell, New Mexico and passed away on August 3, 2005 in Modesto, California at the age of 44. Mr. Wittrock has been a resident of Modesto for many years. He worked as the office manager for CTECH Photonics for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberley Wittrock of Modesto; parents, Ralph and Claudia Wittrock of Merced; daughter, Jennifer Wittrock of Modesto; brothers, John Wittrock of Orlando, Florida and Jim Wittrock of Folsom California; and nephews, Tommy, Joshua, Jordan, Jacob and Zachary.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 5, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. at Strafford Evans Merced Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Merced District Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stratford Evans Merced Funeral Home.




















Generation 10




Joseph Arkfeld (1884-1967)

Harlan Tribune, May 1, 1967

Joseph Arkfeld was born April 15, 1884, at Earling IA, the son of Catherine and Henry Arkfeld.

He married Theresa Siemer [daughter of Maria Sophia "Theresa" (Wittrock) Siemer] of Templeton, Ia. To this union four children were born. They are Anthony H. Arkfeld of Defiance, Angeline, now Mrs. Gerald C. Anastasi of Hawthorne, Calif., Clarence J. Of Defiance and Leona, now Mrs. Warren Kohl of Defiance.

He died April 14, 1967, at Myrtue hospital at Harlan, Ia., after a lingering illness at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 29 days.

Mr. Arkfeld was a retired farmer. He was affiliated with St. Peter's church of Defiance, Ia., and a member of St. Peter's Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus of Earling Council No. 1741.

He is survived by his wife, four children, 25 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters--Mrs. Lena Reding of Oklahoma City, Okla., George, John, Peter, and Ben Arkfeld all of Panama, Mike Arkfeld of Sioux City and Mrs. Anna Mages of Panama.

He is preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers--Sr. M. Magdalene, O.S.B., Mary, Frank, and Edwin.

Requiem High Mass was held April 17, 1967, at St. Peter's church with The Rev. Gerald Deere, Celebrant.

Grandsons served as pallbearers; Alvin Kohl, Bruce Arkfeld, Dennis Arkfeld, Ronald Arkfeld, Gerald Arkfeld and Kenneth Arkfeld. Burial was in St. Peter's cemetery at Defiance, Ia.












Generation 10



Theresa Siemer (1889-1974)
Mrs. Joseph Arkfeld

Harlan Tribune, February 1974

Mrs. Joseph Arkfeld, 84

Defiance—Theresa Mary Arkfeld, daughter of Clemens and Theresa Wittrock Siemers, was born Nov. 8, 1889 in Templeton, where she attended school and grew to adulthood. She died at Myrtue hospital on Jan. 30, 1974 at age 84 years, 2 months, 22 days. She was baptized and confirmed at the Sacred Heart church in Templeton and she has been a member of St. Peter's church in Defiance since moving here. She was also a member of St. Peter's Altar Society. On June 9, 1908 she married Joseph Arkfeld at St. Mary's church in Panama. Five children were born to this union. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Arkfeld farmed near Panama for 10 years. In 1920 they moved to the Defiance community where they farmed until 1960. They then moved into Defiance and this has been her home since that time.

Mrs. Arkfeld was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, on April 14, 1967; by an infant daughter, Marie; by her parents; and by three sisters—Mrs. Bernadine Dopheide, Mrs. Elizabeth Dorweiler and Antonia Siemers. She is survived by her two sons-Anthony H. And Clarence Arkfeld, both of Defiance; by her two daughters—Angeline (Mrs. Gerald C. Anastasi) of Hawthorne, Calif., and Leona (Mrs. Warren Kohl) of Defiance; by 25 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren; by one sister, Mary (Mrs. George Arkfeld) of Panama; by her nieces and nephews and other relatives.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 2, 1974 at St. Peter's church in Defiance with Rev. Vincent Ohlinger as celebrant and Rev. James A Freeman as concelebrant.

Burial was in St. Peter's cemetery with Alvin Kohl, Allan Arkfeld, Ronald Arkfeld, Gerald Arkfeld, Kenneth Arkfeld, and Robert Arkfeld her grandsons, serving as pallbearers.











Generation 12

Kristy Lyn Wittrock (1963-1984)

Funeral Card




May 5, 1963 in Okarche, Oklahoma


February 5, 1984, Okarche, Oklahoma


Mass for Christian Burial:

10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 8, 1984
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Okarche, Oklahoma


Father Charles Beckman


Steve Knecht            Joe Wittrock
Dale Knecht             Randy Pendleton
Tom Wittrock            Scott Schaefer


LORD, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
WHERE there is hatred let me sow LOVE,
where there is injury, PARDON;
where there is doubt, FAITH;
where there is despair, HOPE;
where there is darkness; LIGHT;
where there is sadness, JOY!   Amen


Holy Trinity Cemetery, Okarche, Oklahoma



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Generation 11

Helen Charlene Nelson (1943-2004)
Mrs. Henry John Wittrock 

Funeral Card


June 12, 1943 — Apache, Oklahoma


June 26, 2004 — Okarche, Oklahoma

Prayer Service

Wednesday, June 30, 7 p.m.
Holy Trinity Church — Okarche, Oklahoma

Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, July 1, 2004, 10 a.m.
Holy Trinity Church — Okarche, Oklahoma


The Rev. Marvin Leven — The Rev. Matthew Brown
The Rev. Ed Weisenburger — Deacon Max Schwarz


Tyler Knecht      Andrew Wittrock      Randy Knecht
Brad Wittrock    Ryan Krittenbrink    Rob Wittrock


Holy Trinity Cemetery — Okarche, Oklahoma



To My Loved Ones

“Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room,
I am the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there.  I do not die.”












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