Rev Fr Robert Leon “Bob” Palen

Rev Fr Robert Leon Bob PalenRev Fr Robert Leon Bob Palen

Birth:  Oct. 14, 1916
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Death:  Nov. 20, 2002
DuPage County
Illinois, USA 

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. Father Bob resided at 1117 N. Euclid Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302. 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 brother, William “Billy” Edward Palen, of Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. 

Family links: 
  Leo Frank Palen (1890 – 1971)
  Besse Leone Koch Palen (1895 – 1962)

Sacred Heart Cemetery 
Jackson County
Iowa, USA
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