Dr. Roland Cap Ehlke

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Dr. Roland Cap 

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”.  Philippians 1:21. Reverend Dr. Roland Cap Ehlke of West Allis, Wisconsin, a true servant of Christ, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 28th 2022 at the age of 77.

Dr. Roland, known as Cap to many, is survived by brother Bruce (Lois) Ehlke and sister Helena Ehlke; by children Tracy (Kevin) Rogowski, Bryan Knaack, Paul (Caitlin) Ehlke, Jonathan (Heidi) Ehlke whom he shared with former spouse, Sandra Buelow; by children Rich (Nichole) DeClue, Cari DeClue, Joshua Ehlke whom he shared with former spouse, Lori Ehlke; and by grandchildren Mia, Shari, Evelyn, Lydia, Juliet, Anna Grace, Catherine, and Sarah. He was predeceased by parents Roland and Mary Ehlke, and stepson Brad Knaack.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at OUR REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH, 10025 W North Ave. Funeral Service at 3:00 PM. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Rev. Ehlke was ordained as part of the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Class of 1971, and was installed as pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Little Chute, Wisconsin. In 1978, he moved to Milwaukee to be an editor and writer at Northwestern Publishing House where he spent 15 years. He then gave of his talents as a teacher and professor at Milwaukee Area Technical College, ITT Tech, Lake Land College, and Concordia University until March of 2022. Cap was also an avid painter and writer, and his legacy and love will live on through his work. Cap was a beloved member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

To hear a summary of Cap’s life in his own words, please click here to see a video put together by his son Paul:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN1IzoD_ZXk

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Concordia Bible Institute at Concordia University Wisconsin or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church are appreciated.

As Cap would often close, “Soli Deo Gloria” – Glory to God Alone.


  1. Bill Preston June 3, 2022 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    The world is a darker place with the loss of
    His light..Our condolences to your family.

  2. Stacy Mose June 29, 2022 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry. Dr Roland used to stop in the MATC Mequon campus library after his classes.were over for the day. He worked on jigsaw puzzles with us, and with students. We always had great conversations. He will be missed. Peace to your family. Kathy Blume and Stacy Mose – Librarians

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