Services held for Fr. Don Ries

9-20Ries, DonFather Donald C. Ries, 84, of Sioux City, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at a Sioux City hospital. Services were Sept. 15 at Holy Cross Parish, St. Michael Church. Bishop R. Walker Nickless was the principal celebrant. Msgr. Kevin McCoy and Fathers Richard Ries, Roger Linnan, Richard Sitzmann, Eugene Murray, David Hemann and Brad Pelzel concelebrated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Pocahontas, Iowa, under the direction of Meyer Brothers Chapels. Donald C. Ries was born Dec. 3, 1933, in Pocahontas, the son of Sebastian and Amelia (Hronek) Ries. He graduated Sacred Heart High School in Pocahontas. He attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, graduated from Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sioux City in 1959. He went on to obtain his master’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha. Father Ries’ assignments included: St. Mary Parish, Spirit Lake (1959); Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona (1959-1965); St. Bernard Parish and High School, Breda (1965-1969); St. Joseph Parish, Schaller (1969-1971); St. Mary High School, Storm Lake (1969-1971); St. Benedict Parish, rural Kossuth County (1971-1974); Bishop Garrigan High School, Algona (1971-1974); Sacred Heart Parish, Sutherland and attending St. Anthony Parish, Primghar, (1974-1979); Assumption Parish/St. Thomas Parish, Emmetsburg (1979-1986); St. Boniface Parish, Sioux City (1986-1993); Corpus Christi Parish, Fort Dodge (1993-2000) and St. Joseph Parish in Jefferson (2000-2013). He retired in 2013 and resided in Sioux City. Following his retirement, Father Ries volunteered for Hospice of Siouxland. He was appointed by Bishop Nickless to act as a liaison to the retired priests in the diocese and introduced the Cursillo Movement into the diocese. In his spare time, Father Ries enjoyed golfing, playing bridge and traveling around the world. Survivors include: three sisters, Janet Schnabel of St. Cloud, Minn., Mary Ann Young of Emmetsburg and Claire Amelia Ries of Santa Rosa, Calif.; two brothers, Father Richard Ries of Sibley and William Ries of Pocahontas and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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