February 18, 2009
The Rev. Louis M. Condon, 86, of Moline, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, where a Christian wake service will be held at 6 p.m. Additional visitation is 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Jordan Catholic School, Rock Island.
Rev. Condon was born on Aug. 25, 1922, in Rock Island, a son of James E. and Marie Rose Condon. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, Rock Island, and graduated from Rock Island High School in 1940. While attending the high school, he won the Northwest Conference Extemporaneous Speaking Competition and submitted the name of "Crimson Crier" for the school's newspaper, which continues to be the name of the school publication today.
Rev. Condon graduated from the former St. Ambrose College, Davenport. He attended the St. Louis Preparatory Seminary and graduated from Kenrick Seminary, Webster Grove, Mo. Rev. Condon was ordained a priest for The Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Joseph H. Schlarman on April 4, 1948. One of his first assignments was to his home congregation of Sacred Heart, Rock Island. He served the Catholic Church until his retirement in 1986.
He had been active in the Cursillo Movement in the Peoria area, was involved in Mexican and Vietnamese affairs, and following his retirement, served as a precinct committeeman in the South Moline District 29. Rev. Condon was a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in Bloomington.
Surviving are many special friends, including Joe and Roxanne Newberry, Moline, and Julio Raya, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James.
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