Richard Wittstruck

Richard Wittstruck


December 24, 1964 - March 12, 2023


Richard Wittstruck, 58, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, March 12, 2023, at his home under hospice care. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, March 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in Ethan. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Richard Wittstruck was born December 24, 1964, to Frank and Ruth (Stubbie) Wittstruck in Parkston, SD. Richard attended Ethan High School through 10th grade, until the family moved to Mitchell. He graduated from Mitchell High School, and then attended Mitchell VoTech for welding. He worked at AKG for 12 years until his passing.

Richard enjoyed visiting Iburg Farm and driving tractor. He also enjoyed listening to music. 

Richard is survived by his brother, Kevin of Michawaka, IN, and half-brothers, Kenneth and Dwight Wittstruck both of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Friday, March 17, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, March 18, 2023
10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 E 3rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Hillcrest Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Christel Preuss on March 24, 2023
I was one of Richard's teachers when he was 12-13 years old in Ethan S.D. It was my first teaching job. I have always remembered him along with four other students I worked with there. He tried hard, enjoyed having fun, and had a good heart. He taught me that I had to look at the whole child, not just the academics, and teach students where they were at and celebrate their wins. Thank you Richard.
Posted by Lynn. TerMeer on March 18, 2023
I knew Richard from working. Out. To. AKG ,,,,, Good. Worker & Always a Smile 🙏🏼. So Sorry. For. Your. Loss ,,,,, May the
Angels & GOD COMPFORT YOU ,,, During this difficult time 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Posted by Mary Freeman on March 17, 2023
Richard had a heart of gold and I know how he loved to go to the Iburg farm. Brian & Carol, you brought Richard so much happiness. Thanks for always being there for him.
Posted by Soly McMillan on March 15, 2023
Richard will be missed here at AKG. Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends. May you find peace knowing he is in a better place.
Posted by Brian Hunt on March 14, 2023
Richard was always a kind, courteous, and courageous man. His smile and warm heart was contagious. Richard will be missed at AKG and now rests in peace and in God's favor.
Posted by William Brummett on March 14, 2023
I worked with Richard at Dakota Pork, and at AKG. I thought he was a very quiet, private nice person willing to help you out if he could . I will deeply miss him like everyone else that knew him. God bless him and the family. All we can do is remember the memories. He doesn't have to suffer anymore. He is in a better place now. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. Rest in peace my friend
Posted by Robyn Bartunek on March 14, 2023
Prayers to Richards family and friends, may he rest in peace.
Posted by Patti teveen on March 14, 2023
Rest in peace
Posted by Connie Frazer on March 13, 2023
Rest in Peace Richard . You was a very kind Man we all will miss you .
Posted by Angie Nagel on March 13, 2023
Richard was my neighbor on 6th street for many years. The neighborhood won't be the same without him. He always kept an eye on what was going on. He was a man with few words, until you took the time to have a conversation with him. Once this happened it was hard to get away. A hard working guy who never complained about anything, even though he suffered greatly with cancer. I pray he is reunited with his family in Heaven and having a Diet Coke with his dad. He will be missed but not forgotten.
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