Rev. Walter “Rick” Patzwitz, 61, Cape Girardeau, formerly of New Wells, passed away Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

He was born September 17, 1954, in St. Louis, to Walter F. and Florence P. Young Patzwitz, Sr.  He and Sarah Weber were married May 4, 1985, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Missouri.

Rev. Patzwitz was a 1973 graduate of Belleville Township West High School.  He then graduated from St. Paul’s College in Concordia, Missouri, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  In 1981, he received a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and subsequently served as a Vicar at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Clark, New Jersey.  In 1983, Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells called him to be their pastor.  He loved preaching and ministering to his rural congregation.   He served the congregation 30 years, retiring July 21, 2014, due to health complications.

He was a collector of pens, cups, and watches.  He also enjoyed reading science fiction and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a pastime the family enjoyed together.

Loving survivors include his wife of 30 years, Sarah of Cape Girardeau; a son, Isaac (Marcy) Patzwitz of Jackson; his only grandson, Payne Patzwitz of Jackson, known to “Gramps” as “Sparky”; a brother-in-law, William “Bill” (Fay) Weber of Fruitland; a sister-in-law, Barb (Daryl) Weinkein of Joplin, Missouri; a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great-nephews; and his very dear Beagle companion, Sadie Jo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Patzwitz; and an infant sibling, Pat Patzwitz.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM, Thursday, October 22, 2015, at the chapel of McCombsFuneral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and Friday, October 23, 2015, from 10 AM to service time, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.

The funeral will be Friday, at 11 AM, at the church, with the Rev. John Dehne officiating.

Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Wells with the Rev. Paul Winningham officiating.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Home, Immanuel Lutheran Church, or the donor’s choice of church or charity.

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  1. Darlene (Coomer) Curran

    I’m so sorry and sad to learn of Rick’s passing! Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.
    Love, Darlene

  2. Marcia and Brad Long

    We send sympathies from Joplin MO to Rev Patzwitz’s family. I know he will be sadly missed! May God bless you all in these difficult days.

  3. Bonnie Smith

    The family of Dolores Petzoldt and the late Pearl Petzoldt would like to express our sincere and deepest sympathy to you and your family. Pastor would always stop by and see my dad when he was in the hospital at Cape. He so much appreciated the visits. They are celebrating together in heaven now! Take care and God’s blessings to you!

  4. Amber (Haertling) Kuehn

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Rick was as special person and very kind to me when he first took his call to New Wells. It was always a pleasure to see the 3of you at Good Shepherd when he was able to attend. He will be missed.

  5. Sarah and Isaac and family, we were sad to hear of Rick’s passing, yet rejoice to know he’s safe with his loving Savior. Rick was faithful in ministering to several of our family and friends. He was always cheerful and eager to share the faith and loved you all very much.

  6. Rev. Tim Miller

    My condolences to Sarah and Isaac. Rick was a great guy. I spend many Friday nights with him in college listening to contemporary music and then eating pizza and drinking beer. He was cheerful and entertaining. I am glad I stopped in and visited him a few years ago. The church has lost a good pastor. May God bless you and comfort you.

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