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Michael (Wittrock) James

June 6, 1958 ~ December 11, 2021 (age 63)


Michael James Wittrock unexpectedly left this world on  December 11, 2021. His unrelenting energy and dedication to the art of drumming will be greatly missed. It was always about the music for Mike. From the early days drumming with Coupe Deluxe in Sioux Fall, SD,  to the realization of his dream the “Golden Valley Drum Club,” his passion for providing the back beat to his beloved classic rock and roll was an inspiration to many. Mike created a space at the GVDC where drummers from all walks of life, young and old, were welcome to mount the stage and rock out with the band. Even while battling lung cancer to a standstill, Mike kept the club going and only the pandemic put a temporary hold on his dream. Mike Lived his life like an adventure and his zest for life drew others to him. More than anything he valued his friends and the  time he shared with his best friend and soulmate, Kim Ripley listening to music, biking,  Valley Fair or entertaining their dogs.

Forever in our hearts…

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