Fr. Richard W. Paddock, 77, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at his home. He was born Aug. 4, 1933, in Volo, Ill., to Earl and Kathryn (Wagner) Paddock.
Fr. Paddock began his studies at Salvatorian Seminary in St. Nazianz, Wis. He took philosophy and theology at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 6, 1959, at St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry. He served as associate pastor at St. Bernadette Parish in Rockford, Ill., St. Andrew Parish in Rock Falls, Ill., and St. Joseph Parish in Aurora. He also served as administrator of St. Mary Parish in Aurora in 1971 before becoming Pastor there in 1973.
After 16 years at St. Mary Parish, Father was assigned to St. Gall Parish in Elburn, where he served from Aug. 3, 1987, until his retirement on June 16, 2003. He taught as a member of the religious education faculty of Muldoon High School in Rockford, Newman Catholic High School in Sterling, and Madonna and Aurora Central Catholic high schools in Aurora. Fr. Paddock celebrated his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood on June 6, 2009.
Survivors include nine nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Paddock and Edna Paddock; three special caregivers, Dorothy Groom, Jeff Groom and Delores Likeum; and a host of loving friends, including his special canine friend, Serena.
Visitation was held Saturday, July 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Gall Church, 120 W. Shannon St., Elburn, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. The Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, DD, JCD, Bishop of Rockford, officiated with interment in St. Mary Cemetery, McHenry, Ill., at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made in the form of Masses, to the St. Gall building fund or to his family.
Arrangements were made by The Daleiden Mortuary, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506.
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