Funeral services held for Father Larkin

Father Michael T. Larkin, 77, of Sioux City, died Saturday, May 26, 2018, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home, after several years of illness.

Services were June 1 at Holy Cross Parish, Blessed Sacrament Church, with Bishop Walker Nickless and other priests of the diocese concelebrating the Mass. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Larkin Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, Sioux City

Michael Thomas Larkin was born Jan. 24, 1941, in Sioux City, the son of Philip and Eileen (McGrane) Larkin. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and graduated from Heelan High School in 1959. After high school, he attended Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wis.; Loras College, Dubuque; St John’s Benedictine Abbey in Collegeville, Minn.; Mount St. Bernard Seminary, Dubuque and did his graduate work at Creighton University in Omaha. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sioux City on June 1, 1968, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany.

Father Larkin’s assignments included: faculty, Kuemper High School, Carroll, from 1968-1973; parochial vicar, Holy Spirit Parish, Carroll from 1971-1973; faculty/administration, Spalding High School, Granville, from 1973-1978; parochial vicar, St. Mary Parish, Alton, from 1973-1978; faculty, St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge, from 1978-1982; parochial vicar, Sacred Heart Parish, Fort Dodge from 1978-1982; faculty, Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona, from 1982-1985; pastor, St. Matthew Parish, Clare, attending St. Joseph, Barnum, from 1985-1986; pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, from 1986-1987; pastor, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Denison, from 1987-1991; pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorland, from 1991-1993; faculty, St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge from 1991-1993; pastor, St. Mary Parish, Humboldt, attending Sacred Heart, Livermore, from 1993-1997; chaplain, nursing homes of Sioux City, from 1997-2011; retired in 2011.

He is survived by seven brothers and sisters, Shaun O’Meara of Hudson, Wis.; Maureen and David O’Meara of Shakopee, Minn.; Gene and Nancy Larkin of Pleasant Hills, Calif.; Lael Larkin of Sinsinawa, Wis.; Sister Kerry Larkin, OSM, of Omaha; Dennis Larkin of Fountain Hills, Ariz. and Pat Larkin of San Francisco, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kevin.

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