Fr. Joseph Kokjohn dies

Fr. Kokjohn

A retired priest who spent most of his priesthood life serving at St. Ambrose Academy/

College/University in Davenport died May 21. Father Joseph Kokjohn was 80.

Born and raised in Fort Madison, he graduated from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the University of Iowa. He completed his theology studies at Catholic University Theological College.

On June 5, 1954, he was ordained by Bishop Ralph Hayes at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.


Fr. Kokjohn served on faculty at St. Ambrose Academy from 1954-57 and St. Ambrose College and University from 1957-75 and 1981-93. While at St. Ambrose, he served as an assistant at St. Anthony Parish in Davenport from 1954-55.

From 1964-75 he was vice president of the college and served as acting president for about four months in 1973.

From 1957-61 Fr. Kokjohn did post graduate work at the University of Iowa. He served as pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Clinton from 1975-81.

He retired on Dec. 31, 1993.

Visitation for Fr. Kokjohn will be from 6-8 p.m. May 28 at Christ the King Chapel on the St. Ambrose University campus. A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Visitation also will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. May 29 in the chapel. His funeral will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. May 29 in the chapel. Burial will be in Priests’ Circle at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Davenport.

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