|Birth:||Oct. 14, 1916
|Death:||Nov. 20, 2002
Father Bob was a Catholic Priest, the son of Leopold Palen & Besse Leone (Koch) Palen.
After graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, he took his theology training in Innsbruck, Austria and Sion, Switzerland.
Because of World War II, he completed his studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C.
He was ordained June 7, 1941, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa by Archbishop Francis J. Beckman.
Father Bob served as an Associate Pastor at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Dubuque, Iowa from 1941 to 1948.
Father Robert “Bob” Leon Palen organized the building of the church and rectory at the Maquoketa Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1970’s.
Diagnosed with Leukemia in 1979. Retired from the priesthood in July 1982.
He continued to give mass to his faithful followers, up until he became too ill to perform his duties. Father Bob resided in Oak Park and, subsequently, Oakbrook Terrace, up until he passed away on November 20, 2002.
Surviving are a sister, Virginia Palen (Long), and a brother, William “Billy” Edward Palen, both of Dixon, Lee County, Illinois.
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Plot: Section 30
|Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Jan 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24270747
Letter to cousin, Harry William Linderman, my Grandfather, in Houston, Harris County, Texas, 7-27-1982
St. Raphael’s Cathedral, Dubuque, Iowa.
Maquoketa Sacred Heart Catholic Church, c. 1950’s
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa
Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa