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