Funeral Services held for Father Lynch

SAC CITY – Father Daniel C. Lynch, 92, of Sac City, died Nov. 29, 2016, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City.

Services were Dec. 3 at St. Mary Church, Storm Lake with Bishop Walker Nickless officiating. Burial was in Larchwood Cemetery under the direction of Farber & Otteman Funeral Homes of Sac City.

Daniel Charles Lynch was born March 11, 1924, at Larchwood, the son of Daniel Lynch and Ellen (Hughes) Lynch. He attended St. Mary’s Grade and High School in Larchwood, graduating in 1941. He received a bachelor of arts degree in the predivinity program of Trinity College, Sioux City. Then, he was assigned by the Bishop Edmond Heelan of Sioux City to graduate theology studies at the St. Paul (Minn.) Seminary.

Father Lynch was ordained a priest by Bishop Joseph M. Mueller on June 6, 1948.  He celebrated his first Mass at St. Mary Church, Larchwood on June 11, 1948.

His first assignments included: associate pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Fonda; associate pastor of St. Michael Church, Whittemore; religion teacher, spiritual director and athletic director at Heelan High School, Sioux City.

His pastorates included: St. Joseph Church, Barnum, while also serving as assistant principal of St. Edmond High School, Fort Dodge; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ashton, and superintendent of St. Joseph School; Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and superintendent of Our Lady of Good Counsel Grade and High School, Fonda; St. Mary Church and superintendent of St. Mary Grade and High School, Storm Lake and pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Sac City. He retired in 1994.

Father Lynch received a master’s degree with an education major from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and was awarded a superintendent’s certificate by the Iowa State Department of Education. He was pleased to have served for four years as state chaplain of the Catholic Order of Foresters and two years as state chaplain of the Fourth Degree Order of the Knights of Columbus.  He became a member of the Knights when he was attending the seminary at St. Paul in 1947.

Father Lynch served several terms on the Sioux City diocesan priests’ council as an elected member and later as an appointee of Bishop Lawrence D. Soens. He also was for several years a member of the board of diocesan consulters. In retirement he greatly enjoyed his home, gardening, golf with friends, reading and writing.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary and Dorothy.


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