Father Eugene F. Heerdink, 92

Father Eugene F. Heerdink, 92, died Friday (April 13) at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Evansville January 23, 1926, to William and Olivia (Fromm) Heerdink.

Father Heerdink attended St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad. Bishop Henry J. Grimmelsman ordained him a priest of the Diocese of Evansville on May 19, 1951.

His priestly assignments included assistant, St. Joseph Parish, Evansville, 1951; assistant, St. John the Baptist Parish, Vincennes, 1952; assistant, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Evansville, 1957; administrator, then assistant, Holy Redeemer Parish, 1958; administrator, St. Martin Parish, Whitfield, 1959; pastor, Holy Name Parish, Bloomfield, 1959; pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Loogootee, 1964; pastor, St. Matthew Parish, Mount Vernon, 1969; five-year leave from the diocese for mission service in South America, 1979; pastor, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Oakland City, 1985; five-year leave from the diocese for mission service in South America, 1987; pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Dale, 1992.

Father Heerdink retired from active ministry in June 2008. He was a pioneer in the development of diocesan ministry to the Latino community. He served as coordinator of the Diocesan Apostolate to Spanish Speaking beginning in 1992, and as director of the Diocesan Ministry to Spanish Speaking beginning in 1999. He also played a significant role in bringing Catholic radio station WTJW 93.1 FM to Jasper in 2014.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by one brother, William Heerdink of Evansville and one sister, Mary Woods of Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph Church in Jasper. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. at the church. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. (CDT) Tuesday at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. (CDT) at the cathedral with internment following in the Priests’ Circle at St. Joseph Cemetery in Evansville.

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