Rev. Timothy Benninghoff

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Timothy J.

  • Visitation: Held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 10-11Am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brown Deer (8080 N. 47th street)
  • Service: Held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11Am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brown Deer (8080 N. 47th street)


Reverend Timothy John Benninghoff was called home to heaven early in the morning October 10, 2020, from Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Wauwatosa, WI. His wife, Sharon, was by his side as he was born into eternal life with Jesus and the community of saints.

Pastor Tim, 73, was born in Hammond, Indiana, on August 21, 1947, and baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Calumet City, Illinois, on September 7, 1947. He graduated from Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, then attended Concordia College (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); Concordia Senior College (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Concordia Theological Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri); and graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois.

He married Sharon Marie Thalacker at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Edgerton, Wisconsin, on June 24, 1972.

Pastor Tim received his first call from dual parishes, Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Adair, Oklahoma) and St. John’s Lutheran Church (Pryor, Oklahoma). He was ordained and installed on June 8, 1975. Over 39 active years in the ministry, he also served parishes in Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Rev. Benninghoff celebrated his 45th anniversary of ministry on June 8, 2020. He enjoyed preaching and teaching people of all ages about the perfect, unconditional love of Jesus. He also loved reading, trains, studying and teaching history, the Cubs, the Bears, and spending time with his 17 grandchildren.

Pastor Tim suffered a severe stroke on February 4, 2014, while attending a funeral in Munster, Indiana, for his sister, Renee. He was bedridden from then on as was cared for by his beloved wife of 48 years.

Rev. Benninghoff is survived by his spouse, Sharon; his children – Timothy Benninghoff, Benjamin Benninghoff, Rebekah (Gregory) Morel, Philip (Kandice) Benninghoff, Sarah (Lucas) Woods, and Mark (Erica) Benninghoff; his grandchildren – Morella and Athena Benninghoff; Vada, Livi, Ezra, and Mina Morel; Caleb, Eden, Canaan, Eliora, and Caspian Benninghoff; Zeland, Moslee, Oberlin, and Abery Woods; August and Lydia Benninghoff; his sisters – Reta (Eugene) Davidenas and Karen Hacker; his brothers – Gerald (Anna) Benninghoff and Martin (Judy) Benninghoff; his sisters-in-law – Eileen (Harve) Benninghoff, Carol (Kenneth) Benninghoff; as well as other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Hilton and Irene (Karner) Benninghoff; his brothers – Hilton, Harve, Raymond, Kurt, and Kenneth; his sister – Renee; his brother-in-law – Fred Hacker; and sister-in-law – Shirley (Hilton) Benninghoff.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, where Pastor Tim was a member. Reverend Dave Paape will officiate. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 a.m. Committal at Valhalla Cemetery in Milwaukee will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Concordia Theological Seminaries in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or St. Louis, Missouri; Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin; or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.


Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, everyone is asked to be patient and abide to social distancing guidelines. Everyone is welcome and mask are required.


  1. VICTORIA WOODS October 13, 2020 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Dear Mrs Benninghoff, Sarah, and Benninghoff family, We want to extend our deepest sympathies for your loss. We also want you to know that we are keeping you all in our prayers during this difficult time, and ask the LORD to hold you all close to His heart. If there is anything we can do to help please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Victoria and Dennis Woods (Luke’s Mom and Dad)

  2. Brian and Paula Thalacker October 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    My wife and I send our condolences and pray for you and your family to remember what the love shown by Christ through His resurrection actually means. Have the peace also of knowing earthly partings are only the stars of the late night going out before the dawning shows a new eternal day of love…

    • Sharon Benninghoff December 9, 2020 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your comforting words.

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