January 3, 1876, Napoleonville, Louisiana.
March 28, 1931.
Fernwood Cemetery, Henderson, Kentucky.
Son of Herman and Emma Winkler Kockritz, Ewald was one of 10 children. He grew up in Henderson, Kentucky, and as a young man, worked for a grain company, and as a journalist and telegraph operator. At age 16, he became private secretary to Governor John Young of Kentucky, a post he held three years. He then attended Eden Theological Seminary (graduated 1901), and Lane Theological Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio (graduated 1908).
Kockritz served pastorates in Clarington, Ohio (1901–05); St. Luke’s, Cincinnati (1905–10); Salem, New Orleans (1910–17); and Bethel, Evansville (1917–31). He became a leader in the Lutheran Evangelical Synod of North America: He edited several of the denomination’s Sunday school publications (1907–15), served on the Sunday School Board, and on the Board of Religious Education (1913–29, chairman for eight years). He also served on the War Welfare Commission in World War I, was his denomination’s moderator in 1929, and was the synod’s general secretary the last years of his life.