FORT DODGE – Msgr. Mervin J. Hood, 91, of Fort Dodge, died July 27, 2017, at the Marian Home.
Services were July 31, at Corpus Christi Church with Bishop Walker Nickless officiating. Burial followed at Corpus Christi Cemetery under the direction of Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home. Military Rites at the cemetery were conducted by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard and the VFW Post 1856.
Mervin Joseph Hood was born March 2, 1926, in Humboldt County. In 1944, he graduated from Corpus Christi Academy. That same year Mervin enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served on a destroyer, the U.S.S. Mertz, in the Pacific Theater of WWII. After his honorable discharge in 1946, Mervin attended Loras College in Dubuque. In 1950, he graduated with a bachelor of arts. He then attended Creighton University from 1950 to until 1956. He graduated with a master of science degree with certification as a principal/superintendent in education. From 1950 to 1954, Mervin attended St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Md. On May 5, 1954, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sioux City by Bishop Joseph M. Mueller.
His first assignment was Gehlen High School and St. Joseph’s Church in Le Mars from 1954 to 1960. He then went to Sacred Heart Church in Ruthven and Emmetsburg Catholic High School, where he served as a superintendent from 1960 to 1967. The next assignment was Sacred Heart Parish in Ledyard from 1967 to 1971. He also taught at St. John’s School in Bancroft during this time. He served for St. Mary’s Parish in Alton from 1971 to 1979; St. Mary’s Parish in Humboldt from 1979 to 1986, Holy Spirit Church in Carroll from 1986 to 1993 and Sacred Heart Church in Early from 1993 to 1998. On July 15, 1998, he retired and moved to Fort Dodge. He was elevated to rank of Domestic Prelate on Aug. 3, 1998. Msgr. Hood served as a relief pastor in the Sioux City Diocese from 1998 until 2016 and was one of the Marian Home chaplains.
Survivors include his sister, LaVonne Keppers of Fort Dodge; 10 nieces; 22 great-nieces and nephews and 11 great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George V. and Agnes M. (Henneberry) Hood; a sister, Dolores Thomas; a brother-in-law, Harold Keppers and a great-nephew, Michael Toomer.
Memorials may be left to Holy Trinity Parish, the Marian Home or St. Edmond Schools, all in Fort Dodge.