Rev. Richard G. Gaul, 78, of Guttenberg, formerly of Luxemburg, passed away Friday, March 19, at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.
Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church prior to funeral services.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. Archbishop Michael Jackels will officiate with concelebrants Rev. Francis Fried, Rev. Noah Diehm and priests of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Funeral services will be live-streamed on Kramer Funeral Home’s Facebook page.
Richard was born Sep. 17, 1942, the son of LaVern and Viola (Wulfekuhle) Gaul. He graduated from St. Boniface High School in 1960 and Loras College in 1964. He attended St. Bernard Seminary and was ordained June 1, 1968, at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque. His assignments included Holy Ghost, Dubuque, summer of 1968; St. Cecelia, Ames from 1968-1972; Sacred Heart, Oelwein, 1972-1977; St. Mary’s, Waterloo, 1977-1983; St. Mary’s Waverly/Shell Rock, 1983-1987; St. Patrick’s, Anamosa, 1987-1992; and St. Joseph, Garnavillo/Garber, 1992-2004. Sacramental priest assignments included McGregor/Postville/Monona, 2004-2010 and St. Mary’s, Manchester/Masonville/Ryan, 2010-2014.
Richard loved his family. His nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews were a joy to him. He enjoyed teaching, bible study groups, gatherings, visiting with people and was an avid card player and fisherman. He cherished his trips with friends to St. Augustine, Fla. Richard liked watching sports and was a fan of the Hawkeyes, LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. He loved being a priest and had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother and St. Therese of the Child of Jesus.
Survivors include his siblings: Ron Gaul and Alfred Gaul, both of Luxemburg, Janice (Dan) Burke and Sr. Kay Gaul, OSF, both of Dubuque; nieces and nephews: Jayme (Kristina) Gaul, Chad Gaul, Mindy (Nick) Kamp and Gina (Kevin) Dunne; great-nieces and nephews: Hunter and Joey Kamp, Ari and Abi Gaul, Ryan and Lily Dunne, Jack Knepper, Jaci and Dani Poswiatowski.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Francis, in infancy.
Memorials made to the donor’s choice are preferred.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.