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Rev. John M. "Father Jack" Kissling

Rev. John M. "Father Jack" Kissling
  • December 12, 1927 - November 14, 2016
  • Cedar Falls, Iowa

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“I am so behind in sending these words of condolence to Father Jack's family. Yesterday I received a newsletter from St. Stephen's in Cedar Falls in...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Hustedde - Davenport, IA

“Father Kissling had a large influence on my moral direction in this world. I remember in 9th grade Religion class he taught that the greatest sin was...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: John O'Connor - Franklin, NY

“Father facilitated my annulment when I was a student at UNI in the fall of 1975. He was so kind despite my being afraid and very unsure of my future....Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Cheryl Kolar - Acquaintance

“I met Fr. Jack at St. George Parish in Apache Junction, AZHe gave a sermon about changing the words to the prayers we have known for so long. He...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Cheryl Casper - Mesa, AZ - Friend

“Although i had attended Mass for the past 30 years, I was not able to receive the Sacraments. I attended Welcome Back Catholics program in Apache...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Lee Littlejohn - Mesa, AZ

“We send our sincere sympathy to Father Jack's family and friends. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. We truly enjoyed the times he said...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Ken and Ruth Myers - Chetek, WI

“I was so Blessed to have Father Jack in my life as the Priest at St. Michael's in Belle Plaine, IA. I was an organist and cantor at the time and so...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Tracy Novak - Elberon, IA

“I attended Northern Iowa University from 1969-1973. I was raised Catholic but since their was no Catholic church in our small farm town my family...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Roger Villers - Fort Worth, TX

“I first met Father Jack in 1980. Later that year he married Lillian and I. Father Jack and I became good friends of which we attended several Hawkeye...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: James Kalina - Cedar Falls, IA

“As you all know Father Jack was a special person and a great friend. There was a time in my life when I needed some extra support and a gentle but...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Marcia Gracey - Des Moines, IA

“Our deepest sympathy to Fr Jack's family and his dear friends in Cedar Falls. He was so very special to us in so many ways, and yes, he was a...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Helene and Norm Raidl - Chicago, IL

“I met Fr. Jack through my parents who met Fr. Jack through their church in Chetek, WI. Often as I was growing up, being in the presence of a priest...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Velvet Edwards - Tempe, AZ

“I went to UNI in the mid 70's and loved going to Father Kissling's masses on late Saturday afternoons....especially after a UNI football game. He was...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: John Villers - Nashville, TN

“Prayers to Father Jack's family...he was so gifted! Heaven has a new, special angel. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Mitch Robinson - Belle Plaine, IA

“God bless a very special man ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: steve haynes - dunedin, FL


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Rev. John M. "Father Jack" Kissling, age 88, of Cedar Falls, IA, was called home peacefully at 7:15 a.m., on Monday, November 14, 2016, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Fr. Jack's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, Dubuque, IA, with Rev. Robert R. "Fr. Bob" Beck officiating. To celebrate Fr. Jack's life, family and friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Friday, November 18, 2016, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 4:00 p.m. Family and friends may also visit from 9:30 a.m., until the time of services at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Fr. Jack was born on December 12, 1927, in Dubuque, son of Joseph and Alvina "Winnie" (Joos) Kissling.

Fr. Jack truly treasured his formative years growing up in Dubuque. He was very athletic in his youth and would eventually be inducted into the Dubuque Baseball Hall of Fame. He would go on to attend Loras College, and next attend St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, before finally being ordained into the priesthood in 1953. He would joyfully go on to serve in countless ministries including St. Mary's in Dubuque, Wahlert High School, Osage, Belle Plaine, Grundy Center, Cascade, University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State. He would serve with his entire being wherever the Lord had asked him to serve and the legacy and love he leaves behind will remain firmly instilled within the hearts and minds of all whom have been blessed to know Fr. Jack throughout his 88 year earthly journey. After retiring, Fr. Jack would find great relaxation and comfort in spending his summers in Chetek, WI, while venturing to the warmer weather in Apache Junction, AZ, during the winter seasons. Some of Fr. Jack's favorite moments were the regular visits he would get to spend with his 5 favorite nieces, while simultaneously trying to protect his remote control from their grasp. Fr. Jack has been called home today, and the world has surely lost a uniquely devoted and friendly servant. But thankfully, we understand that his mission has been completed here and he's finally resting in eternal peace with his loving family members who've been called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Fr. Jack's memory include

his 5 nieces,
Jacqueline (Charles) Rutledge, Fulton, IL,
Peggy Meyers, Dubuque, IA,
Sonya Hudspeth, Dubuque, IA,
Sandy (Mike) Ernsdorff, Dubuque, IA
and Sue (Marv) Bennett, Hazel Green, WI.

He is also survived by numerous great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, fellow priests, friends and past parishioners.

Fr. Jack Kissling was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Leo Kissling, Russell (Frances) Kissling and Rev. Joseph Kissling; a sister Nelda Kissling; a nephew, Tom Meyers; and 2 great-nephews, Joey Hudspeth and Dan Federspiel.

In lieu of flowers, a Rev. John M. "Father Jack" Kissling memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed according to the family's wishes.

Fr. Jack's family would like to thank his friends, and the nurses and staff at Stonehill, for all of their wonderful and compassionate care.