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1926 - 2016

Allen W. Wittchow, M.D. (OPH 1954)

Allen W. Wittchow, age 89, of LaCrosse, WI, formerly of Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Eagle Crest South Assisting Living, LaCrosse, WI.

Funeral Services are 3:00 PM Sunday, April 17, 2016 at First English Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Rev. Cheryl Davis will officiate. Visitation will be at First English Lutheran Church on Sunday from 1:00-3:00 PM. Entombment will be in Forest Hill Mausoleum. Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI is assisting the family (condolences can be sent to

Allen was born May 8, 1926 in Watertown, WI to Reuben and Helen (Mallow) Wittchow. He married JoAnn B. Osterberg on June 17, 1951 in Alexandria, MN.

Allen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1950 where he also was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He performed an ophthalmology residency training at the Mayo Clinic. Allen owned and operated his own medical practice in Wisconsin Rapids for 33 years retiring in 1991.

Allen served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from December 7, 1943 until January 12, 1945. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club. Allen enjoyed reading, gardening, birdwatching and travel. He and his wife, JoAnn traveled extensively including several trips to Asia and Europe, as well as South America and Antarctica.

Allen is survived by his wife, JoAnn; sons, William (Barb)Wittchow of Burnsville, MN, Dr. Robert (Nancy) Wittchow of Whitefish Bay, WI, Dr. Richard (Cathy) Wittchow of Onalaska, WI and Steven (Tina) Wittchow of Burnsville, MN; daughter, Tina (Brian) Wittchow Christy of Delafield, WI; 15 grandchildren, Chad Christy, Chessa (Scott) Christy Repa, Casey Christy, Caitlin Christy, Michael (Samly)Wittchow, Matthew (Christine) Wittchow, Andrew Wittchow, Haley Wittchow, Elizabeth (Matt) Wittchow Amelon, Mark Wittchow, Emily Wittchow, Eric Wittchow, Edward Wittchow, Emma Wittchow, and Evan Wittchow; and 7 great grandchildren, Lucia Repa, Ruby Repa, Lexie Wittchow, Landon Wittchow, Bennett Wittchow, Weston Wittchow and Ella Amelon.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Wittchow.

Memorials can be designated to Martin Luther College (please make designation to the Allen and JoAnn Wittchow Scholarship Fund) at 1995 Luther Court in New Ulm, MN 56073 or to the Alzheimer’s Association .

“Allen’s Christian faith and Lutheran upbringing were important to him. In 2011, Allen and his wife, JoAnn established a scholarship fund at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN.”

Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Apr. 14, 2016.

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