Father Joseph Presley, IC, dies; funeral is Monday in Galesburg

GALESBURG — A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, at Corpus Christi Church here for Father Joseph Michael Presley, IC, parochial vicar at Corpus Christi and St. Patrick parishes in Galesburg as well as Sacred Heart Parish, Abingdon.

Father Joseph, who served the parishes since his ordination to the priesthood in 2001, died on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 in the Emergency Room at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. He was 54.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, at Corpus Christi Church, with a visitation following from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.

Father William T. Miller, IC, will celebrate the funeral Mass. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Galesburg.

Born Sept. 8, 1960 in Newport News, Virginia to William and Carolyn (Hertzler) Presley, Father Joseph joined the U.S. Army in 1984 and was honorably discharged in 1989.

He made his profession of perpetual vows with the Institute of Charity (Rosminians) on Sept. 29, 2000. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John J. Myers on May 26, 2001, celebrating his first Mass the following day at Corpus Christi Church in Galesburg.

He is survived by his parents, now of Chisholm, Minnesota; three sisters, Diann (Kieth) Harman of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Susan (Dale) White of International Falls, Minnesota, and Catherine (Scott) Elmore of Knoxville, Tennessee; three brothers, Timothy (Fae) Presley of Skandia, Minnesota; Alan (Jennifer Feist) Presley of Bramble, Minnesota, and Raymond Presley of Chisholm, Minnesota; four nieces, four nephews, two great nephews, and one great niece.

Memorials may be made to Corpus Christi Church, 273 S. Prairie St., Galesburg, IL 61401; St. Patrick Church, 858 S. Academy St., Galesburg, IL 61401; Sacred Heart Church, 506 N. Main St., Abingdon, IL 61410; or to the Institute of Charity, 2327 W. Heading Ave, West Peoria, IL 61604.

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