Father Robert Striegel retired from active ministry Nov. 7.
Born in Ottumwa, Fr. Striegel, 69, attended Catholic schools in Harper before attending St. Ambrose College in Davenport. He completed his theological studies
at the Gregorian University in Rome.
On July 14, 1973, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe at St. Elizabeth Church in Harper.
Fr. Striegel served as associate pastor at St. Joseph-DeWitt from 1973-77, St. Paul the Apostle-Davenport from 1977-81 and Sacred Heart-Fort Madison from 1981-82. He then served as pastor at St. John-Houghton from 1982-91 and administrator of St. James-St. Paul from 1983-91. Fr. Striegel took clinical pastoral education courses at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines in 1991 and then served as chaplain at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City from 1991-96. He served as pastor at St. Mary of the Visitation-Ottumwa and parochial vicar at St. Patrick-Ottumwa and St. Mary Magdalen-Bloomfield from 1997-2003. He served as parochial vicar at Holy Family-Davenport from 2003-07; St. Mary-Davenport from 2004-07; and part-time chaplain at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center is Iowa City from 2007-2016. From 2008-16, he served as priest moderator and sacramental minister for St. Frances Xavier Cabrini-Richland and St. Joseph-East Pleasant Plain, which became Ss. Joseph and Cabrini-Richland.