Rev. Lloyd Paul Ouderkirk

Rev. Lloyd Paul Ouderkirk

Rev. Lloyd Paul Ouderkirk, age 87, of Dubuque, passed away at 12:48 a.m., on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at Stonehill Care Center. To celebrate Fr. Paul’s life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at St. John the Baptist Church, 241 Peosta Street, Peosta, Iowa. Due to COVID-19 concerns the number of people inside the building will be limited, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor Fr. Paul’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday at St. John the Baptist Church. Service will also be livestreamed on St. Elizabeth Pastorate’s Facebook page. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Centralia, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is assisting the family.

Fr. Paul was born on April 19, 1933, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Francis Lloyd and Dolores (Hilkin) Ouderkirk.

Fr. Paul attended the one room schoolhouse in Graf, Iowa and graduated from St. John’s High School in Peosta. He then went on to Loras College, working as a Gandy dancer with Chicago Great Western Railroad to pay his tuition, and graduated from St. Bernard Seminary in 1958. He celebrated his 60th year of priesthood in 2019. Fr. Paul served with several churches in Eastern Iowa throughout the years including, Independence, Farley and Guttenberg. He was also very involved in the Hispanic ministry, serving in Bolivia for 3 years, then in Texas, Marshalltown, Dubuque and Postville. Fr. Paul was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Jesus Caritas Prayer Group, Hispanic Ministries, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and Worldwide Marriage Encounter. He was interested in his family history and was very active with the Ouderkirk Family Genealogy Association. He made a detailed calendar every year for the family containing birthdays and anniversaries. When Fr. Paul took some time for himself, he enjoyed watercolor painting, playing golf, playing board and card games and collecting coins and stamps. He had a knack for communicating with children and they never failed to bring a smile to his face and provide him with a funny story to share with family and friends. No doubt, the world has lost a good and faithful servant today. May he rest in peace and enjoy the rewards of his labor.

Those left to cherish Fr. Paul’s memory include

his siblings,
Phyllis Naumann, Dubuque, IA,
Francis “Fran” (Arleen) Ouderkirk, Sherrill, IA,
Pat (John) Oberman, Dubuque, IA
and Dennis (Lisa) Ouderkirk, Fargo, ND;

his uncle,
Ken Hinkel, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fr. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jeanette (James) Schmitt; a brother-in-law, Gerry Naumann; 3 aunts, Jean (Ervin) Hufnagel, Helen (Frank) Hinkel and Mary Hinkel; and 2 uncles, Melvin Ouderkirk and Earl (Ruth) Hilkin.

Fr. Paul’s family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the nurses and staff at Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kindness and attentive care of Paul these past months.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Rev. Lloyd Paul Ouderkirk Family.


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St. John the Baptist Church
241 Peosta Street, Peosta, Iowa
December 3rd, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Funeral service

St. John the Baptist Church
241 Peosta Street, Peosta, Iowa
December 29th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

5 condolences for Rev. Lloyd Paul Ouderkirk
  1. STEVE HARLE says:

    Father Paul lived at the Academy Apartments in Sinsinawa for a few years. Very popular and so friendly! Now he gets to say “hi” to Marilee Bream, a dear friend who left earlier. Enjoy Heaven, Padre! Yes, they have Sambuca in Heaven, Father.

  2. Jennifer (Wareham) Leibold says:

    To the family and loved ones of Father Paul, my most sincere sympathy to all of you. It seems like only yesterday I had the privilege of meeting Father Paul at a TEC weekend as a high school student. A memory I have treasured forever. He truly walked the walk and was a wonderful disciple. Can’t help but smile when I think of him. Years would pass between our visits but he always greeted me with that wonderful smile and kind heart. I feel blessed for having known him. May he Rest In Peace. God Bless, Jennifer

  3. Karen McCarthy says:

    Fran, Arlene, Pat and all the family; I am sorry for your loss. I first met Fr. Paul when Lisa Bormann took me to visit while we were in college in Decorah. He was a wonderful host. He always had a unique, interesting word/parlor game to challenge and entertain us. Of course on that first meeting, Lisa warned me to stay clear of the fridge as he thought ALL mold formed into penicillin. He will truly be missed.

  4. Roger & Karen Earle says:

    Fran & Arlene, Pat & John,

    We send our sympathies to you and your families during this difficult time. It is always hard to lose someone you love & may the memories you made together lift you up and bring a smile to your faces. He is probably still tending to his ministery by staying by your sides & guiding you along the way. May God bless you.

  5. Jeannine Timp says:

    Fr Paul was good friends with my husband, Terry Timp and his sisters & parents, Gerald & Patricia Timp. Fr Paul baptized our second child, Christina Timp over 26 years ago. We would run into him at special diocesan events, like Chrism Mass. we have a nice photo of Fr with our Christina in front of a stained glass window of St Therese. At the time she was trying to discern whom to pick as her Confirmation Saint and that photo and the roses in it was one of the ways Therese was saying “Choise me!” So even though he was never our Parish priest, Fr Paul played a beautiful role in Christina’s life, and we are grateful. We will keep you all in our prayers

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