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Rev Fr Leo Clement Arkfeld
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Birth: Feb. 4, 1912
Boyd County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Aug. 21, 1999
Madang, Papua New Guinea

Son of George and Mary Arkfeld.

Leo C. Arkfeld, S.V.D., joined the Divine Word Missionaries at the age of 20 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1943. He was immediately stationed to New Guinea but, for a brief period, was relocated to Australia during the WW-2. There, he became a skilled and well respected aviator. Upon resuming his ministry in New Guinea, he built numerous private airstrips along shore lines and hillsides; thus permitting access to locales which allowed for him to carry out his ministry. He was credited with many emergency flights, in treacherous jungle and mountain areas, which saved many lives. He was ordained Titular Bishop of Bucellus and Vicar Apostolic of Central New Guinea in 1948. He became the first Bishop of Wewak in 1966 and was Archbishop of Madang, Papua New Guinea, from 1975-87. His ministry in New Guinea spanned 54 years.

Cenotaph located at St. Mary's Cemetery in Panama, Iowa.


Per FindAGrave visitor, Vince Ohlinger:

"There is a tombstone at St Marys Cemetery, Panama, Iowa, but Fr. Arkfeld is buried in Wewak, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, where he had spent most of his life and where in lived in retirement. I was present at his funeral and burial. His family, in Iowa, then had a tombstone made which was placed near St Mary's Church in Panama, Iowa. The pastor had it moved into the cemetery."

Family links: 
  George M. Arkfeld (1888 - 1975)
  Mary Angela Siemer Arkfeld (1887 - 1986)
  Leo Clement Arkfeld (1912 - 1999)*
  Leo Clement Arkfeld (1912 - 1999)
  Florence Mary Arkfeld Ohlinger (1914 - 2006)*
  Vincent Joseph Arkfeld (1916 - 2001)*
  Mary Arkfeld (1918 - 1918)*
  Celestine Mary Arkfeld Kohles (1920 - 2007)*
  Clement George Arkfeld (1922 - 2006)*
  Rita Mary Arkfeld Kelley (1923 - 2011)*
  Lucille Arkfeld (1926 - 1940)*
  Sylvia Mary Arkfeld Bissen (1928 - 2008)*
  George Michael Arkfeld (1932 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Catholic Mission Wirui Cemetery
East Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Created by: Row Walker
Record added: Feb 17, 2008
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Rev Fr Leo Clement Arkfeld
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Rev Fr Leo Clement Arkfeld
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Rev Fr Leo Clement Arkfeld
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It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Archbishop Arkfeld, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Jun. 20, 2014

- Sharon
 Added: Aug. 3, 2009
Ad limina apostolorum. Requiescat in pace.
- Row Walker
 Added: Feb. 17, 2008

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