Stephen King of Perry


Stephen King, 69, of Perry passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran at 1611 E. Main St. in Watertown, Wisconsin. Visitation will be on Friday, Feb. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran in Watertown. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be given to the Perry Lutheran Homes and the Lutheran Home in Watertown and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care. Online condolences may be sent at

Stephen Matthew King was born June 6, 1950, in Akron, Ohio, to Calvin Joseph and Marion Gertrude (Dittmann) King.

He attended the Muskego High School in Muskego, Wisconsin, Iowa State University and Concordia Theological Seminary.

Stephen was united in marriage to Pamela Kay Dobrzynski at Hales Corners, Wisconsin, June 6, 1970.

He had a love for Christ and taught at the Michigan State prisons, visiting the home bound and teaching Bible class. He was a vicar at Immanuel Lutheran in Freeport, Illinois, an associate pastor at Our Savior Lutheran in Burlington, Wisconsin, and was senior pastor of a dual parish at Grace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, Michigan, and Living Hope Lutheran Church in Fremont, Michigan.

Stephen then moved to Perry and did pulpit supply in Iowa District West.

He said the best part of being a pastor was giving communion.

Stephen was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Bouton.

He enjoyed collecting records, reading, antiquing and watching stand-up comedians. He also volunteered at the Carnagie Library Museum in Perry. He loved restoring his 1962 Tempest with his son Joseph.

Stephen especially loved his wife and sons.

In death he rejoins his parents; and a sister, Sandra Schmidt.

Left to cherish Stephen’s memory are his wife, Pamela King of Perry; sons, Michael (Kathy) King of Irene, South Dakota, Matthew (Leslie) King of Ankeny, Jonathan (Melissa) King of Plainfield, Illinois, Joseph (Jennifer) King of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Timothy (Candice) King of Genoa, Illinois; grandchildren, Gabriel, Trejon, Anderson, Addison, Bradley, Brianna, Hunter, Ryan, Carson, Andrew, Charlee, Madyson, Emily and Abigail; sister, Elizabeth King-Smith, and her children, Caleb and Samantha; and a brother-in-law, David Schmidt, and his children, Sarah (Chris) and Jessica.


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