OBITUARY

Rev. Gerald L. Vittitow

January 19, 1939May 10, 2019

Pastor Gerald Vittitow received his address change notification Friday, May 10, 2019. Pastor Vittitow reached his 80th birthday in January of this year. He moved from life mortal to life immortal and is now rejoicing on the streets of gold with his parents, Willard and Helen Vittitow, his sister and her husband, Betty and Clay Holland and brother-in-law, Rev. Larry Spicer. His wife, Joyce, and children, Kevin, Angie, Keri, Alan and grandchildren Luke, Ainsley and Evan along with his sisters and families, Linda and Bob Fred, Martha and Rev. Gerald Huntington and Rev. Sharon Spicer, are thankful he is in that place where he will experience no more tears or sorrow and no more pain! While our hearts our heavy, we know he is rejoicing with the saints and worshipping his Savior! Pastor Vittitow, known as Brother Vittitow to most, was pastor of Calvary Apostolic Church, Louisville, Kentucky for 40 years, from 1967 until his retirement in 2007. He oversaw four major building projects on the church. He had a true pastor’s heart and was there for his congregation when they needed him. Brother Vittitow loved children. He started a tradition of giving a $2 bill to the children of the church on the Sunday of Christmas. The adults wanted part of the action, so he collected $2 bills all year long, in fact the bank tellers would save them for him. Every year he would hand them out to the entire congregation on the Sunday of Christmas. Many have a collection of those $2 bills. He was an integral part of the United Pentecostal Church, Int. (UPCI), not only serving nationally, but the Kentucky District as Youth President, District Secretary and District Superintendent. Nationally, he was Presiding Officer and served as honorary General Board member for the UPCI and Board of Directors for the Tupelo Children’s Mansion in Tupelo, MS until the time of his death. Brother Vittitow was most recently recognized for his accomplishments by being inducted into the Order of the Faith, UPCI. Brother & Sister Vittitow were instrumental in starting the Kentucky District Youth Camps and the purchase of the campground in Summersville, KY in 1965. Brother Vittitow’s love of his Church, the Campground and Tupelo Children’s Mansion was evident in the time and financial support he gave to each of these entities. However, his greatest joy came from his family. His wife of 57 years, Joyce, was by his side throughout his ministry and life. Their vision of seeing souls saved for the Kingdom of God was the forefront of their life and time. His children and grandchildren brought immeasurable delight to him. He had a favorite son, favorite daughter, favorite daughter-in-law and favorite son-in-law. He often introduced his grandchildren as his Pride and Joy, his favorite oldest, favorite granddaughter and favorite youngest. He was generous to a fault with those he loved. The Home Going Celebration will be Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Okolona Christian Church, 10801 Faithful Way, Louisville, KY 40229. The family will receive ministers & spouses from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and friends from 2:30 p.m. until the 6:00 p.m. at the church before the service. Burial arrangements are private. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Tupelo Children’s Mansion, PO Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802, https://mansionkids.org/give/tribute-gifts/

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 16, 2019

Memories

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Mark Brown

May 15, 2019

To the family may I express my deepest sympathy for your loss and rejoice with you knowing that he is with his Savior JESUS CHRIST. Rev Bro. Vittitoe was a inspiration for me and I loved him and his family very much. There's not many men I have ever met that held such a inspiring love for GOD and people's souls. I can say I am a better man for knowing him and his family. I wish I could be in Louisville and pay my respects to Rev Vittitoe and his beautiful family. But yo know that I love you. Kevin you are a special friend to me. Your so much like your dad. My love to the whole family. I love you Brother Vittitoe and I will miss you but you will Always be in my heart. Love Richard Mark Wayne Brown

Lynn Adamczak

May 15, 2019

Keri - My heart goes out to you and your family. Hugs from across the miles to you all. Lynn Adamczak

Kim Vaillancourt

May 14, 2019

Joyce, Keri, Kevin and family,
So very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing! I do believe that he is in a much better place with our Lord and is at peace! Rest in Heavenly peace Jerry!! Sending love, Kim

Karen May

May 14, 2019

Brother Vittitow was a kind , caring, and generous man. He and his wife raised 2 beautiful children. Brother Kevin Vittitow is an awesome man of God and is generous and kind just like his father, always willing to help someone out. We mourn the loss with you as well as rejoice that he made it home.

Danny Kennedy

May 14, 2019

Our hearts are saddened, but rejoicing that Bro. Vittitow has finally reached his goal! We will miss him dearly & will be praying for our family during this time of loss! Blessings!

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