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Father Donald C. Ries

October 2, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Father Donald C Ries, 84, of Sioux City, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at a Sioux City hospital.

Services were Sept. 15 at Holy Cross Parish, St. Michaels Church. Bishop R. Walker Nickless was the principal celebrant. Msgr. Kevin McCoy and Fathers Richard Ries, Roger Linnan, Richard Sitzmann, Eugene Murray, David Hemann and Brad Pelzel concelebrated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Pocahontas, under the direction of Meyer Brothers Chapels.

Donald C. Reis was born Dec. 3, 1933, in Pocahontas, the son of Sebastian and Amelia (Hronek) Ries. He graduated Sacred Heart High School in Pocahontas. He attended Loras College in Dubuque, graduated from Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Sioux City in 1959. he went on to obtain his master's degree from Creighton University in Omaha.

Father Ries had many assignments including Assumption Parish/St. Thomas Parish, Emmetsburg (1979-1986).

Following his retirement, Father Ries volunteered for Hospice of Siouxland. He was appointed by Bishop Nickless to act as a liaison to the retired priests in the diocese and introduced the Cursillo Movement into the Diocese. In his spare time, Father Ries enjoyed golfing, playing bridge and traveling around the world.

Survivors include: three sisters, Janet Schnabel of St. Cloud, MN., Mary Ann Young of Emmetsburg and Amelia Ries of Santa Rosa, CA.; two brothers, Father Richard Ries of Sibley and William Ries of Pocahontas and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.



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