Christopher King Gotwald, 54, of Sheboygan, passed away, peacefully with his family by his side on Monday, November 28, 2022, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 2, 1968 to David King and Marylou (Norton) Gotwald.
On June 26, 1993, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Gerend at St. Clement Catholic Church in Sheboygan. Together they raised three sons Timothy King, David Gerend, and Luke Christopher.
Chris worked as an engineer for Pentair, which allowed him to travel the world. He even relocated his family to Suzhou, China for a school year.
Chris had a strong faith. His attitude on life, death, and hope were centered around faith and family. He was selfless and inspired all he knew by his character. Chris was an amazing father to his three sons. When you look at his sons, you will see his many qualities in them including unconditional love, compassion for others, and the need to serve.
Chris had a passion for learning. If he had an interest, he became an expert. Chris took his knowledge mastered it and turned his passion into an art. He loved cooking, knife making, making fishing flies, turning bowls, and gardening. Chris grew beautiful orchids and tomato plants. He was also known for his famous homemade pepper sauces.
Chris is further survived by his parents David King and Marylou Gotwald, brother Greg (Lindsay) Gotwald, sister Bethany (Mike) Barr, father-in-law Jake Gerend, brothers-in-law Michael (Julie) Gerend and Jimmy (Sara) Gerend, sisters-in-law Ellen (Ted) Dryden and Sarah (Eric) Adler. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, Samantha and Ann Gotwald, Evan and Brock Barr, Jacob, Joey, and Meghan Gerend, Hanna, Jessica, and Eliza Dryden, Ben Adler, and Lilly and Sterling Jo Gerend. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents and mother-in-law Jo Gerend.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Clement Catholic Church, 522 New York Ave. Sheboygan, with Fr. Gideon Buya officiating. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at Ballhorn Chapels Funeral & Cremation Care Center, 1201 N. 8th St. Sheboygan, and again on Monday, December 5, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the time of Mass at the Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sheboygan Symphony Youth Orchestra or the Sheboygan Children’s Museum in Chris’s name.