In Memory of

Rev. Alfred E. McCoy

December 15, 1928 - September 13, 2012
Alfred Emmanuel McCoy was born on December 15, 1928 in Emmetsburg, Iowa to James and Mary (Hand) McCoy. He attended Catholic schools in Emmetsburg. Following his graduation from Emmetsburg Catholic High School he continued his education at Loras College, Dubuque, IA, after which he did his theological training at the St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN. In addition to his theological degree, he completed a Masters degree in Education at St. Thomas College, St. Paul, MN. On May 5, 1954, Rev. Alfred E. McCoy was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City, IA with the Most Rev. Joseph M. Mueller as ordaining prelate. Fr. McCoy's priestly assignments in the diocese of Sioux City were: 1954-57, Assistant Pastor, Cathedral of the Epiphany; 1957-61, Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Storm Lake; 1961-65 Pastor, St. Mary, Pomeroy and St. Joseph, Palmer; 1965-67, Pastor, Holy Family, Lidderdale; 1967-68 Pastor, St. Brigid, Grand Junction and St. John, Paton; 1968-69, Pastor, Holy Name, Rock Rapids; 1969-71, Pastor, Sacred Heart and Ss. Peter and Paul, Pocahontas; 1971-72, Pastor, St. Thomas, Manson; 1972-75, Pastor, St. Joseph, Jefferson; 1975-83, Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Cherokee and St. John, Quimby; 1983-86, Pastor, St. Mary, Ashton; 1986-1988, St. Joseph, Wesley; 1988-1991, Pastor, Sacred Heart, Ida Grove; 1991-1994, Rector, Cathedral of the Epiphany, Sioux City; 1994-1995, Senior priest, Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City; 1995-1998, Pastor, St. John, Onawa and St. Bernard, Blencoe while serving as President of Bishop Heelan Catholic High School (1996-98); 1998-2002, administration, Bishop Heelan Catholic High School and chaplain at Briar Cliff University, Sioux City. In addition to these priestly responsibilities, Fr. Al enjoyed assisting with sacramental ministry to the Carmelite Monastery and the Iowa Air National Guard in Sioux City. He will long be remembered for his wit, his 'Heelan announcements', as well as his foray into local politics as mayor of Cherokee. Rev. McCoy passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa on September 13, 2012, at the age of 83. Survivors include his sister, Ruth (James) Wright of Des Moines, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mary (Hand) McCoy and fifteen of his siblings: sisters, Margaret McCoy, Kathryn Hermansen, Marie Hastings, Betty Kelly and brothers, John, Robert, William, Leo, Joseph, Peter, Gene, Walter, Richard, Gerald and James, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to benefit tuition assistance needs at Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools, Sioux City.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany Catholic Church in Sioux City, Iowa.
Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 17, 2012, from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Visitation will resume on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany Catholic Church in Sioux City, Iowa from 3:00-8:00 P.M. Family will be present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. There will be a Vigil service starting at 7:00 P.M. at the church
Organist ~ Matthew Geerlings Musicians ~ Cantor - Rachael Wragge Bishop Heelan Catholic High School Chorale
Calvary Cemetery Pocahontas,Iowa


Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Will never forget Father McCoy's mass at the Catholic church in Cherokee. Was not Catholic, but was always a joy going there with my friend Lisa Sitzmann and Jo Perrin...Will be missed by so many and was truly loved in life, and life he loved indeed... God bless...Krista File”
- Krista File
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Al McCoy "Fr. Al" we called him even then was in my class at Emmetsburg Catholic High School graduating in 1946. What a long list of credentials - sympathy to all his family - how very proud you all must be. ”
- Frances Heddinger Oldham
Monday, September 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“My sincere sympathy to all the McCoys on the loss of Fr. Al.
Katy O'Bryan
- Katy O'Bryan
Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Rest in peace, Father.

Thank you for being such an instrumental part of my life. ”
- Susie M. Nadolski
Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“so sorry about the loss of father al mc coy. i have very fond memoeires of him, when he was a priest in cherokee ia. hewill be deeply missed.”
- lora mc murrin
Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathy to the family. Father was well known to my parents through the Knights of Columbus conventions many years ago. He and Gene use to attend quite regularly. When I moved to the Sutherland, IA area I use to attend his Masses in Cherokee. I loved his wit and always a story. I visited with him many times throughout the area. He knew I was my father's daughter before I even said anything. He will be missed.”
- Donna Ertz Youde
Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers and deepest sympathy to the family of Father Al. He was a dear friend who played a big part in introducing my husband and I and then marrying us 27 years ago. Many good memories! Sorry we will be in Colorado and not be able to celebrate his life at the Cathedral next Wednesday. I know he is smiling down on all of us right now and saying "May the wind be always at your back". God bless you, my friend, We will remember you in a Mass at St. Joseph, Milford.”
- Jean M Kennedy
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