January 16, 2017


Father Robert Gralapp, 78, of Carroll, Iowa, and formerly of Le Mars, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at Carroll.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 18, at All Saints Parish-St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars with Bishop R. Walker Nickless officiating, and principal concelebrants will be the Revs. Kevin Richter and John Thomas with other priests of the Diocese of Sioux City concelebrating. Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.

Visitation with family present will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, there will be a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at All Saints Parish-St. Joseph Catholic Church in Le Mars. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.  Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.

Father Gralapp was born April 1, 1938, at Le Mars, Iowa, a son of Darrell and Connie (Fisch) Gralapp. He was raised and educated at Gehlen Schools, graduating in 1956. He then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, graduating in 1960. He then enrolled in Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque, for four years and was ordained a priest in 1964.

Over the years he served in many Catholic parishes. From 1964-68 he was the assistant at Immaculate Conception Parish in Sioux City, Iowa. 1968-69 he was the assistant at Corpus Christi Parish in Fort Dodge, Iowa. 1969-73 he was the assistant at Sacred Heart Parish in Spencer, Iowa. 1973-75 he was pastor of St. Cecelia Parish in Sanborn attending St. Joseph Parish in Hartley, Iowa. 1975-79 he was the pastor of Holy Family Parish in Lidderdale, Iowa, attending St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Glidden. 1979 to 1986 he was the pastor of Nativity Parish in Sioux City. 1986-91 he was the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Granville, Iowa. 1991-94 he was the pastor of St. Lawrence Parish in Carroll, Iowa. 1994-2010 he was the pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Manilla, Iowa. 2010-14 he was the Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Manning, Iowa, attending to Manilla. In 2014 Father Bob retired to live in Carroll.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include: Housekeeper, Ruth Ann Tigges of Carroll; one brother, Allan Gralapp, and his wife, Mary, of Sigourney, Iowa; one niece; two nephews; and five great-nieces and great-nephews.

Father Gralapp was preceded in death by his parents.