Dennis Dean Witkus, 72 of Spooner died peacefully in his home on October 25, 2019.
Dennis was born on February 22, 1947, in Belleville, Illinois, the son of Edward and Eula (Martin) Witkus. He graduated from Belleville High School. He attended the University of Missouri and graduated from Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dennis served as an assistant pastor, evangelist, storyteller, and beloved pastor to several congregations, including 34 years at First United Pentecostal Church in Spooner.
He married his lifelong love, Kathleen Ann Kosta, on June 15, 1968, in Superior. He retired with his wife on December 31, 2015, to their home in Spooner. Dennis loved taking road trips and traveling – ministering with his family to churches in 49 states and several countries. He did skilled work with his hands and loved helping people however he could. Dennis enjoyed cheering on his favorite sports teams and spent many hours cheering on his children and grandchildren at their sports events, concerts, plays, and other endeavors.
He showed his love in so many ways – through his ministry, raucous wrestling and tickle fights with the grandchildren, written sentiments, good-natured teasing, fixing things, and enormous bear hugs.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and children, Jonathan Witkus, Julie Zaloudek, Laura (Ray) Ferguson, Kristine Fisher, and April (Brett) Becker; 12 grandchildren; brother, Gary (Durrelene) Witkus; two nephews; and many more brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews through marriage.
Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Edward Paul Witkus, and mother, Eula Belle Witkus.
The life of Dennis Witkus will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Spooner Wesleyan Church. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at Spooner Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Spooner Wesleyan Church. The casket will be borne by Dennis’s 12 beloved grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Spooner Funeral Home, 306 Rusk St., Spooner, Wisconsin 54801. Online condolences may be shared with Dennis’s family at www.bratley-nelsonchapels.com.