Fr. Harry D. McAlpine

Sioux City, Iowa


October 3, 2019

Fr. Harry D. McAlpine

Fr. Harry D. McAlpine, age 84, of Sioux City, Iowa and formerly of Sheldon who passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at MercyOne Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. His Funeral Service was 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City, Iowa with The Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless, Fr. Brent Lingle and Deacon Dale Tigges ~ Concelebrating.

Burial was in the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon.

Visitation was from 8:30 A.M. Monday, September 30, 2019 until the time of service at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City.

Memorials may be directed to Holy Spirit Cathedral

and/or the Diocese of Sioux City,

1821 Jackson St., Sioux City, IA 51105

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa.

Online condolences may be sent to

Reverend Harry Duane McAlpine the son of William and Henrietta (Overman) McAlpine was born on April 3, 1935 in Sheldon, IA. He attended school in Sheldon, graduating from Sheldon High School in 1953. He graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA in 1957. He attended the University of CO and the University of St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN, where he received his Master's in Theology in 1987. Fr. McAlpine was Ordained into the Priesthood on May 30, 1987 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheldon, Iowa. He went on to serve as Parochial Vicar at St. Cecelia Parish in Algona, IA from 1987-1989; Pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Dedham, IA from 1989-1992; Sacred Heart Parish in Sutherland and St. Anthony in Primghar, IA from 1992-1995; Sacred Heart Parish in Ft. Dodge, IA from 1995-1999; Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Fonda/Varina, IA from 2000-2002 and St. John Parish in Onawa and St. Bernard's in Blencoe, IA from 2002 until his retirement on July 12, 2005.

He was a member of the Spencer KofC and the Msgr. McCoy 4th Degree Assembly both of Spencer, IA. Fr. enjoyed golfing, reading, coin collecting and playing cards. He enjoyed vacations and semi-retirement in Royal Palm Beach Florida area. He was commended by parishioners on his explanation of scripture.

Fr. is survived by his siblings, Robert McAlpine of Rochester, MN; Joan McCarty of Le Mars, IA and Sandra (Dwight) Lindgren of Elk River, MN; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Fr. was preceded in death by his parents, William and Henrietta McAlpine and seven brothers, Walter, Alvin, Adrian, William, Michael, Harold and Eugene, one sister, Katherine Frye and seven sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.


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