Father David Hitch 1941-2021


Father David Hitch, 80, a retired priest of the Diocese of Davenport, died July 16 in Davenport.

Father Hitch

Born to Peter and Bessie Hitch in Fort Madison, he graduated from Aquinas High School there. He attended Iowa State University and St. Ambrose College in Davenport and did his theology studies at Mt. St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque. He also did advanced studies at Aquinas Institute.

On June 1, 1968, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

Father Hitch served at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Davenport, St. Boniface Parish in Farmington, St. Mary Parish in String Prairie and Cardinal Stritch High School in Keokuk. He then served as chaplain at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and did advanced studies for clinical pastoral education. He also served at St. Bridget Parish in Nolan Settlement, St. Bernadette Parish in West Branch, St. Joseph Parish in Hills, St. Thomas More Parish in Coralville, St. Joseph Parish in North English, St. Joseph Parish in Parnell, St. Mary Parish in Tipton and St. Mary Parish in Mechanicsville. He retired in 2014.


A wake and vigil service were held July 21 at St. Mary Church, Tipton. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church, Tipton, on July 22 at 10 a.m. Burial is at St. Mary Cemetery, Tipton.

A memorial fund has been named for Father Hitch at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat in Wheatland.

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