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Anthony J. Runde Carl H. Engling Carol Sue Wild
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Dennis W. Grant Donald D. Dede Donald J. Stecher
Doris Michaelson Elizabeth L. Hingtgen Evelyn Callahan
Gary L. McGinnis Gerald I. Link Gerald J. Schlarmann
Gilbert F. Beringer Ice Kay Horkheimer John M. McDonald, III
Kristophet E. M. Taylor Lois Ellwanger Margerie M. Kreassig
Marianne Hurlburt Mary Lea Gudenkauf Maynard H. Meier
Raymond L. Potter Richard J. Hoell Robert R. Gerken
Robert W. Ridgeway Ronald L. Hanson Rose E. Hall
Thelma A. Meier Venson L. O'Hara William E. Gurske

Kristophet E. M. Taylor

Kristopher E. M. "Kris" Taylor, age 34, of Dubuque, was called home unexpectedly on Monday, May 20, 2019, at home of natural causes. To honor Kris' life, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, with Pastor Jonathan T. Crawford officiating. To celebrate Kris' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Kris was born on January 8, 1985, in Muskegon, MI, son of Kendra (Taylor) Doty.

Kris was born and raised in Muskegon where he graduated from high school in 2003. He was always an amazing athlete and was recruited right out of high school to play football for the University of Dubuque. After moving to Dubuque, Kris would meet the love of his life, Megan Schickel, and they have been together for 10 wonderful years. He was a hard worker, and was employed at several places including Diamond Jo Casino, Champps Americana, RIE Coatings and Texas Roadhouse for many years. Kris was an extremely loving dad and spending time with his family meant the world to him. In his free time, he enjoyed playing video games and spending time outside caring for his lawn, which was his pride and joy. Kris had a kind and loving nature and was a "life coach" for several kids throughout his short time here on Earth. Kris was also well known for his "shoe fetish", he had a special pair for every occasion, and his family loved to tease him about it. He was an avid motorcycle rider and was part of the NuBreed group of stunt riders in Dubuque. Our hearts are truly broken today with the sudden loss of Kris in our daily lives. We will miss him more than words can ever express and will cherish all of the memories we have made throughout the years.

Those left to cherish Kris' memory include

his fiancé,
Megan Schickel, Dubuque, IA;

his son,
Jaxson Taylor, Dubuque, IA;

his daughter,
Mackenzie Taylor, Dyersville, IA;

his mother,
Kendra Doty, Muskegon, MI;

his step-father,
Charles Doty Sr., Muskegon, MI;

his siblings,
Michael Williams, Muskegon, MI,
Kristian Taylor, Indianapolis, IN,
Kristina (Liam) Goodwin, Duncan, SC,
Kristal Taylor,
and Charles Doty Jr., both of Muskegon, MI;

his fiancé's parents,
Wendy and Ray Schickel, Dubuque, IA;

and his fiancé's brother,
Nick Schickel, Cambridge, MA.

Kris was preceded in death by his father, Michael Williams, and by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Lucy Taylor.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to care for his children's future expenses and help pay for Kris' final expenses. A GoFundMe page has been established in their name, Kris Taylor & Family, for those wishing to help.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Mary Lea Gudenkauf

Mary Lea Gudenkauf, 78, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Mary Lea may call from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa, where a prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Friends may call after 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday.
Services for Mary Lea will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Cascade, Iowa.

She was born on July 11, 1940, in Earlville, Iowa daughter of Leo and Marie (Melchert) Recker. She received her education from St. Patrick's School in Ryan, Iowa. She was united in marriage on June 19, 1962 to Loras Gudenkauf at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Ryan, Iowa. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2018. The couple farmed in the Cascade area.
She was a member of the St. Matthias Parish in Cascade, Iowa.

She is survived by; two children, Richard Gudenkauf of Cascade, IA and Rhonda Andrew Toms & Husband Shane Toms of Cedar Rapids, IA; two grandsons, Tyler Andrews and Sawyer Toms; one brother, Loras (Gloria) Recker of Ryan, Iowa; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eugene (Anita) Gudenkauf, Bernadette (Robert) Staner of Cascade, IA, Joyce (Tony) Feldman of Earlville, IA, James Rollinger of Cascade, IA and JoAnn (Donald) Knipper of Hopkinton, IA.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Mary Gudenkauf in infancy in 1964; one brother, Kenneth Recker; sisters-in-law, Lavonne Rollinger, Sandy Rollinger; her, father and mother-in-law, Edward and Lucille Gudenkauf.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Robert R. Gerken

Robert R. Gerken, age 84 of Dubuque IA passed away on May 23rd, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Happy, TX, on July 1st, 1934, to Oscar and Martha (Wernke) Gerken. He married Darlene Nieland on June 18th, 1960.

Bob is survived by his wife; sons William (Anne) Gerken of Covington, WA, and Robert (Shelley) Gerken of Colorado Springs, CO; his daughter, Mary Gerken of Covington, WA; five grandchildren, Clara, Luke, Elizabeth, Jacob and Robert; and his sister, Mary Del (Don) Stouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William Gerken, and sisters, Carol (Laverne) Kleitsch, and Dorothy (Don) Tiller.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 29th at St. Columbkille's Church, Dubuque, IA. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. until Mass

Committal prayers and military honors will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery Guttenberg, IA. Military honors presented by Guttenberg American Legion Post #373. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is assisting the family.

 



Dennis J. Stierman


Dennis J. Stierman, 61, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics surrounded by family.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a celebration of Dennis's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

He was born October 15, 1957 in Dubuque to Jerold "Huck" Stierman and Millie (Schromen) Stierman.
He married Callista Behnke on January 18, 1991 and had four beautiful children.

He loved spending time with his family and loading up his grandchildren with sugar. He was passionate about music and loved the outdoors. He was always there for others and would help anyone.

He is survived by his son Shawn (Marissa Kast) Stierman; his daughters Cheyanna (Charlie Saul) Stierman and Jasmine Stierman, all of Dubuque; grandchildren Cameron Saul and Kayden Jasper; his sisters Pam Willey and Carolyn (Jimmie Marshall) Stierman, both of La Motte; his brothers Brian (Mary) Stierman of New Port Richey, Fla, and Kurt (Rena) Stierman of Dubuque; a brother-in-law Bill Welsh of Dubuque, along with many nieces and nephews who loved their uncle Din-Din.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Jeremy; two sisters Jody Welsh and Wendy Stierman; and brother-in-law Rick Willey.

A Dennis J. Stierman memorial fund has been established in lieu of flowers.



Doris Michaelson


Doris Michaelson died May 20, 2019 at age 88. Doris was originally from Bellevue, Iowa and was under the care of Hospice at Stonehill Franciscan Care Center, Dubuque.

Doris was born on February 1, 1931 to parents John and Florabel Holdefer in Humboldt, Iowa. She was the older sister to one sibling, John. Doris and her future husband were high school classmates and were also confirmed together in 1943 at First Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Iowa. After attending Iowa State, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education, she married Manly Michaelson on June 15, 1952. Doris taught Home Economics in Lytton, Iowa while her husband, Dr. Manly Michaelson, completed a one year of practice in Lytton, Iowa and then was recruited to practice medicine in Bellevue, Iowa where Doris had many relatives. In 1958, Doris and Manly had a small office directly across from the American Legion in Bellevue and then moved to the most recent location with a beautiful view of the Mississippi river. Doris and Manly worked together in the office from 1958 until 1987. While Dr. Michaelson made himself available for house calls and emergency care at all hours even delivering babies at the Bellevue Public Hospital, Doris raised five children.

A working mother, Doris was involved in the community of Bellevue. She served on the Bellevue Community School board for nine years and was President for several years. Doris was an active member of the Republican Women's Club and the Tri-State Home Economics organization. She and Manly were both private pilots and Doris had the distinction of being the first female float plane pilot in the state of Iowa. Doris enjoyed flying members of the community to see breathtaking Bellevue. Doris and Manly both also utilized their private plane to transport multiple patients to Iowa City for additional care. Doris was also an avid gardener and a faithful follower of the Master Gardener program on WMT radio. Doris and her son Robert also enjoyed a placing trot lines in the Mississippi River. She was also an enthusiatic supporter Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Hawkeye Marching Band. Doris loved the sound of Sousa marches and also had the opportunity to play under the guest conductor/famed composer Karl King while playing sousaphone in the band while at Iowa State.

Doris had such a wide array of interests but without question, her biggest passion was being a leader for the Weight Watchers. She attended her first meeting in Chicago with her husband and was so impressed that she drove 74 miles a week to attend Weight Watchers in Moline, IL. After losing 52 lbs and reaching goal in the early ‘70's, Doris sought to become a leader for approximately fifteen years. At one time she had 13 classes per week covering Dewitt, Hanover, Bellevue, Maquoketa, Dubuque and even an "At Work" meeting in the Galena Territories. Her background in nutrition and her love of helping people made her an inspiring leader. Doris retired from Weight Watchers in 1998. In later years, she served as a substitute teacher for Bellevue Public schools and also volunteered for five years as a "Greeter" at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Doris loved this position as she told visitors about "Beautiful Busy Bellevue".

Doris was an amazing, accomplished woman and will be missed greatly by her family and long-term members of the Bellevue community.

Doris Lee Michaelson is survived by her brother John (Rosemary) of Monument, CO. Her children Dr. Robert Michaelson (Debbie) of Champaign, IL, James (Vivian) of Tomball, TX, Charles (Becky) Michaelson of Dubuque, Ruth Michaelson of Dubuque and CDR Martha Michaelson, a dentist on active duty in the US Navy stationed at Great Lakes, IL and fifteen grandchildren: Jennifer of Dubuque, Ingrid (Kindred) Priest of Bettendorf, Nikki living in France, Manly (Christine) Whitehouse, TX, Peter (Mallory) of Red Oak, TX, Seth (Tesca) of Temple, TX , Josiah of Conroe, TX, Hannah, Naomi, Eunice, Esther, Talitha and Abigail all of Tomball, TX and 3 step-grandsons, Marc Porter of Ft Worth, TX, Josh (Adriana) of Overland Park, Kansas and Ryan of Champaign,IL, Dara (Travis) Leick of Dubuque, Jacey of Dubuque and great grandchildren: Ella and Amelia Priest, Jimmy and Clark Michaelson, Ezekial Michaelson and Ethan, Jaymes, Andrew, David and Jordan Michaelson-Leick.

Services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bellevue, IA with visitation from 11:00-1:00 and funeral service at 1:00 with lunch to follow at the church. At 2:45, Doris will be laid to rest at St John's Lutheran Cemetery in St. Donatus, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to St. John's Lutheran church of Bellevue and the Bellevue Ambulance service.

Local arrangements entrusted to Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Online condolences may be left at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com

 



Donald D. Dede


Donald Dean Dede, 80, of rural Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on August 19, 1938, in Boone, the son of Fred and Ruth (Hannum) Dede. Following graduation from Boone High School, Don attended mechanic school in Kansas City. 

On April 3, 1960, Don was united in marriage to Janice Schmidt. Two sons were born to this union. After 22 years of service, Don was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1977. Janice died in 1979. Don married Patricia Schmidt on June 9, 1984, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester. He worked as a mechanic at 1st Avenue Chrysler-Plymouth in Cedar Rapids until his retirement in 2000. 

Don was a long-time member of First Lutheran Church in Manchester. He enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family. Don also loved relaxing at their cabin on Lake Delhi. The Iowa Donor Network recognized Don as an eye donor. 

Don is survived by his wife, Patricia; one son, Darwin (Tracy) Dede of Marion; a daughter-in-law, Reneé Dede of Marion; two grandchildren, Spencer and Skylar Dede; one sister, Carol (George) VanDee of Cedar Rapids; and his dog, Mollie. 

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Janice; a son, Kenneth in 2018; and a sister, Marilyn Larson. 

Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Manchester, with Rev. Tony D. Ede officiating. 

Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester. Friends may also call one hour before the service on Tuesday at the church. 

Interment with Military Rites: Peace Lutheran Cemetery - Ryan, Iowa

 

 

 



Margerie M. Kreassig


Margerie M. Kreassig, 98, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 20th, 2019 at Care Initiatives, Dubuque Specialty Care.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at Mueller Chapel, Linwood Cemetery with Rev. Charles Layton officiating. Burial will follow the service in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Mueller Chapel until time of service. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, Dubuque, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.

Margerie was born on July 9, 1920 the daughter of Joseph Gottschalk and Edith Avenarius. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Dubuque.

She worked for Dubuque County Nursing Home in Dubuque for many years. Margerie was a very good cook and enjoyed having family over for meals. She was also a very good seamstress and was a hard worker. She loved her family and will be missed very much.

Margerie is survived by her children Dick (Ellie) Kreassig, of Virginia Beach, VA, LaVonne (John) Timm, of Waterloo, IA, Melvin Kreassig, of Dubuque and Ron (Cindy) Kreassig, of Marion. Eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and her sister Joan Furlong.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandsons Michael Kreassig and Eric Kreassig and her sister Marcella Bleymeyer.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Dubuque or St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque and Care Initiatives, Dubuque Specialty Care for all theircare, kindness and compassion they gave to Margerie.



Carol Sue Wild


Carol Sue Wild, 73, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 22, 2019, at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Sue's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 A.M. at First Lutheran church in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Monmouth, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Carol Sue Gerischer was born on November 16, 1945 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Paul Gerischer and Dorothy (Ralston) Gerischer. She was a 1964 graduate of Andrew High School. She married Richard "Dick" Wild on June 6, 1965 at Salem Lutheran Church in Andrew, Iowa.

Carol Sue had worked at Operation New View in Maquoketa for 16 years, had also driven for the RTA, and worked at DAC, Inc. in Maquoketa. Additionally, she and her husband had run a food pantry from their home in Andrew for several years.

Carol Sue was a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She was very active with her time and volunteered for several area organizations. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and baking cakes on special occasions for people.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Richard "Dick" Wild of Maquoketa, IA; children, Jim (Marla) Wild of St. Louis, MO, Steve (Rosa) Wild of Algonquin, IL, Brian (Michelle) Wild of Ames, IA, and Mark (Amy ) Wild of Boonville, MO; 8 grandchildren; a brother, Rick (Diane) Gerischer of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Gail Guckenburger of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Nancy (Dale) Kilburg of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, brothers Bill Gerischer and David Gerischer, and a sister Joan Gerischer.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Carol Sue Wild memorial fund has been established.

Online Condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



Carl H. Engling


Carl H. Engling, age 91, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:40 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2019, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Carl's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2145 JFK Road, with Rev. Kristian Kincaid officiating. To celebrate Carl's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Carl was born on November 3, 1927, in North Buena Vista, Iowa, son of John and Bernadette (Brimeyer) Engling.

Carl was born and raised in North Buena Vista before moving to Dubuque and then to Sioux City, Iowa in September of 1983 for work. He was united in marriage to Virginia Francois on June 17, 1950, in Dubuque, and together they were blessed with 11 children. Carl was a hard worker and devoted his time and talents to many places beginning with the The Shoe Factory during WWII, then on to General Dry Battery and State Brand Creamery, before becoming part owner of The Hollywood Grill in the 1960's. He would then go on to work at Old Timer's, The Circle, Timmerman's, Dubuque Packing Company, PSSI and finally with Iowa Pork Producers, until his well earned retirement at age 75. Family was always Carl's main priority in life, and he cared for his son, Allen, who suffers with Cerebral Palsy, for several years. When he did manage to find some free time in his days, Carl loved to go fishing, always filling his bucket to the brim, or spending the afternoon in the kitchen whipping up something delicious for Virginia and the kids. His soups were famous and always a hit with everyone! Carl was quite the Euchre player, you never wanted to be on the opposing team, and was an accomplished bowler in his younger days. He was a jokester who loved teasing everyone in good jest, and could keep you captivated for hours with his entertaining stories. Carl also occasionally enjoyed trying his luck picking the winning dog at the Dubuque Greyhound Park. We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother and uncle, but know that he is now reunited with all of our family members that have already been called home.

Those left to cherish Carl's memory include

his children,
Carlyn Root, Tolleson, AZ,
Diane (Robert) Cook, Dubuque, IA,
Denise (Randal) Parsons Sr., Dubuque, IA,
Ken (Tracy) Engling, Moline, IL,
Carl (Dianne) Engling, Dubuque, IA,
Helen DeAnda, Sioux City, IA,
Kevin Engling, Sioux City, IA,
David Engling, Sioux City, IA,
Vincent (Thao) Engling, Columbia, SC
and Allen Engling, Sioux City, IA;

his 24 grandchildren;

numerous great-grandchildren;

his siblings,
Marcella Travis, Dubuque, IA,
Helen (Archie) Molzof, Dubuque, IA,
Leon (Kathy) Engling, Bettendorf, IA,
Donald (Alice) Engling, Whitewater, WI
and Cindy Ohnesorge, Dubuque, IA;

and his sisters-in-law,
Mary Engling, Freeport, IL,
Shirley Engling, Freeport, IL
and Mary Engling, East Dubuque, IL.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Virginia Engling, a son, Michael Engling; a son-in-law, Felimon DeAnda; his siblings, Gerald (Jenny) Engling, Louisa (Harold) Kirby, Irene (Carl) Ruff, Theresa (Theodore "T.J.") Huekels, Ray Engling, Alfred Engling Sr., Joyce (Karl) Miller and David Engling; and a brother-in-law, Jim Travis.

Carl's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Carl and his entire family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

 



Maynard H. Meier


Maynard H. Meier, 92, of Preston, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Mill Valley Care Center in Bellevue. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. A visitation will be from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue and again Friday morning from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. also at the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Maynard was born January 30, 1927 in rural Jackson County, the son of Edward and Frances (Fens) Meier. He attended a one room rural school in Washington Township, where he described himself as the fastest runner in the school. Maynard served his country in the US Army during the Korean War 1950-1952 in combat on the front line as a forward observer in a heavy mortar company of the 24th Infantry Division. Maynard felt considerable pride in his service, and in 2013 flew in an Honor Flight out of the Quad Cities. He married Yvonne Greve on November 26, 1955 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bellevue. Maynard was a lifelong farmer on a Century Farm, member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Bellevue American Legion Post #273. He found enjoyment attending his children and grandchildren's events, woodworking, and spending time with his family. One of his favorite pastimes was dancing with Yvonne. Even after retirement from active farming, he continued to raise chickens and cared for the farm cats.

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; children, Randy (Chris) Meier, Ken (Sandy) Meier, Thomas (Kathy) Meier, Ann (Mark) Bormann, and Lisa (Paul) Hammond; grandchildren, Ellen (David Celichowski) Meier, Katherine (Johnny Dedrick)Meier, Emily Meier, Derek Meier, Elizabeth (Colin Larson) Meier, Lance Meier, Kelcie Bormann, Colton Bormann, Nicole (Dan Kuhl) Hammond, Erika Hammond, and Sean Hammond; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Marilyn Meier, Jeanette Gruhn, Visetta Leonard, Les (Shirley) Greve, Donna (Don) Galusha, and Will (Glorianne) Greve.

Maynard was preceded death by his parents and siblings, Robert and Leo (Mavis) Meier.

A memorial fund has been established in Maynard's memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com



Anthony J. Runde


Anthony (Tony) J. Runde, age 85, of Hazel Green WI, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Epione Pavilion, Cuba City WI, surrounded by his loving family. 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25th, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Sinsinawa, WI, with Fr. Ken Frisch officiating.   Visitation will be 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 24th, at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call from 8:45 to 9:45 am Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Tony was born on October 10, 1933 in Hazel Green WI, son of Lawrence and Frances (Fleege) Runde.

He married Mary Ann Ploessl on November 7, 1953 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Glen Haven WI. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2016.   Tony and Mary Ann farmed in rural Cuba City for over 50 years and he operated Runde Insurance for 54 years.   He was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, Hazel Green Township Board, Grant County Board of Supervisors (Orchard Manor, County Farm and Law Enforcement Committees) and Jamestown Mutual Insurance Board.

Tony was a loving husband, father and grandfather. We could always count on dad to drop everything when anyone in the family needed him. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was always up for a good game of six-handed euchre.  Farming was an important part of dad's life and he was proud that 2019 marks the Centennial year of the family farm.  

He is survived by his children, Greg (Kay) of Cuba City, Linda (Dan) Nelson of La Crosse, Dennis (Jan Leiser) of Hazel Green, Diane (Dave) Pluym of Hazel Green and Deb (Roger) Hoppenjan of Cuba City. Grandchildren: Brett (Laurie) Runde, Amanda (Jamie) Vaassen, Hannah (Jeremy) Brant, Nathan (Kelsey) Runde, TJ (Courtney) Runde, Garrett (fiance' Ilina Datkhaeva), Evan (fiance' Kym Fritz) and Connor (friend April Frickson) Pluym, Cody (fiance' Molly Wubben), Jenna (friend Dakota Lovell) and Ryan Hoppenjan, 16 great-grandchildren with one on the way and a sister, Mary Lou Tressel.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a granddaughter, Courtney Runde; a great grandson, Carter Runde, his brothers, Joseph and Ralph and his sisters, Helen Meyer and Dorothy Burbach.

In lieu of flowers, an Anthony (Tony) Runde memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Tony's family would like to thank Dr. Sullivan, Dr. White and the staff at Medical Associates, his caretakers, Mary Kay, Sara, Maddy and Ashley, the staff at Epione Pavilion and Hospice of Dubuque for their compassionate care.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com

 

 



Richard J. Hoell


Richard J. "Cookie" Hoell, Jr, 55, of Dubuque, IA, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Holy Ghost Church in Dubuque. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena, IL. There will be no public visitation. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Richard was born on October 7, 1963 in Dubuque, the son of Richard J. and Joan (Knobbe) Hoell, Sr.

Surviving are two children, Kali Hoell and Trevor Hoell both of Galena; his mother Joan Schroeder of Dubuque; and two sisters, Laura (Glenn) Anderson of Las Vegas, NV, and Deborah Smith of Burlington, NC.

He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, John & Eleanor Hoell, and Harry & Viola Knobbe, and step-father, Richard Schroeder, Sr.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com



Robert W. Ridgeway


Robert W. Ridgeway, 75, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at UnityPoint Finley in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 9 - 11 am Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Dyersville where military honors will be accorded by Legion Post 137.

Robert was born February 6, 1944, in Pascagoula, Mississippi the son of Wallace and Gladys (Faust) Ridgeway. He served in the Navy 1962-1964. He married Sheila Curtis Little on December 10, 1980, in Dyersville, Iowa.

He was a mechanic on the heavy equipment used by road and bridge construction crews and he ran the Dyersville Super 8 Hotel for five years. His favorite hobby was building model trucks, including working RC pulling tractors.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sheila, his children Jackie Jay of Holt, FL, Carol (Mark) Cooper of Sevierville, TN, Norma Jean (Casey) Muntz of Guttenberg, IA, and Rob (Mary) Ridgeway, Jr. of Dubuque, IA, and step sons Jeff (Tracy) Little of Dubuque, and Jody (Nicki) Little of Las Vegas, NV, 23 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and in-laws: Gene (Julie) Curtis of Marion, IA, Diane Courtney, Alan (Mary Kay) Curtis and Yvonne Younes, all of Dubuque.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Karl (Maggie) Hoffman, his parents-in-law, Paul and Vera Curtis, and a sister-in-law, Barbara (Ed) Kirner.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com



Lois Ellwanger


Lois Dick Ellwanger of 3175 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque, IA, formerly of 2184 Bennett St. died Sunday morning May 19th at Luther Manor surrounded by family.  

A visitation will be held Tuesday May 21st from 4-8 pm at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home at 2659 JFK Rd. Friends may also call from 9:30-10:15 am on Wednesday May 22nd at St. Peter Lutheran Church. Services will be Wednesday May 22nd at St. Peter Lutheran at 10:30 am, 3200 Asbury Rd. Burial will be held following the service at Linwood Cemetery.

The former Lois Marie Dick was born on July 29, 1923 in Dubuque to Carl Moritz Dick and Viola Hocking Dick. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1941. She married Milton Ellwanger on April 26, 1951 at St. Mark Lutheran Church. On that day Lois took into her heart his two small daughters. Their union produced two additional children.

She was employed in various banking positions for many years until her marriage. After her marriage she stayed home to help raise the children. In later years she worked as a receptionist in an architectural firm.  

For most of her life she was an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School there for over 30 years. She remained a member until the church closed in the late 1980's. She was also an active member of the Luther Manor Auxiliary for 35 years, a volunteer at Finley hospital for 27 years and joined the Lois Club at its inception in the late 1980's.

At the time of her high school class 20th year of graduation, she formed a committee which kept the addresses of the 306 class members and planned and executed a large reunion every 5 years for 45 years.  

Survivors include her four children -Milton's two daughters Virginia Sheets of Dixon, IL, Arline Oliver of Omaha NE, her son Tom (Pat) Ellwanger of Dubuque and Wendy (Dudley) Nelson of Michigan, her sister Marjorie Schultz of Dubuque, her sister-in-law Mary Dick of Edina, MN. She also has 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren (soon to be 11), and several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Milton, a brother Richard Dick, a grandson Aaron Michael Strong, 2 sons in law, Gerald Oliver and Donald Sheets and 3 sisters in law, Jane Kaune, Bette Weidenbacher and Lorraine Davis.  

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be given to the St. Mark Community Center, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Luther Manor, or Hospice of Dubuque.

The family would like to thank to Dr. Randall Lengeling, Dr. John Whalen and Dr. Todd Spurling for their care of Lois over many years.

 

 



Rose E. Hall


Rose E. Hall, age 93 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed her earthly journey on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Luther Manor Community in Dubuque, surrounded by her loving family.  To celebrate Rose's life, private family services are being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Rose's family.

Rose was born on October 11, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa, a daughter to David Lusk "Luck" and Gladys Delyte (Enabnit) Wilkie. She had discovered very early in life that teaching children was the goal she desired to work towards.  After graduating from high school, Rose proceeded onto college and successfully completed her teaching certification. Rose joyfully spent the next 42 years of her life working in the Dubuque Community School District where not only were her career dreams fulfilled, but without realizing it her imprint and impact on countless children throughout the community would continue to carry her legacy forward for generations to come.  

She enjoyed almost every day she was in the classroom, but Rose also understood the value of her free-time outside of work. Socializing with her friends during a friendly game of Bridge was always a welcomed event, but relaxing in solitude at the sewing machine, or even getting comfortable on her couch with a knitting needle or a good book were also some of her favorite ways to pass the time.  The absolute favorite hours she would ever indulge in though were the opportunities she was able to simply sit and catch-up with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rose's eyes lit up every time her grandkids were near, and thankfully her heart was replenished with an abundance of love by time they left her side again. Rose was a relentlessly gentle soul who embraced all that was good in the world.  She generously shared her kindnesses without ever expecting anything in return and in turn set a beautiful example for all who knew and loved her.  Our hearts are broken at the mere thought that we will not see Rose again in this life, but we know and trust that the memories she leaves behind will carry us through until we do finally get to see her again. Thank you for being an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and friend Rose and may the Lord bless you for all of the positive light you spread so freely upon the world around you!      

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Rose include,

her children,
Bruce (Jenny) Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio,
Cindy (Lee) Scovanner, Cincinnati, Ohio,
Debra "Deb" Finn, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Kimberly (Doug) Stickney, Dubuque, Iowa;

her 12 grandchildren,
Austin (Tina) Hall, Amelia Hall, Anna Hall, Cassandra (Mark) Bloom, Johnathan Scovanner, Melissa Scovanner, Chad Finn, Brian Finn, Anthony (Lori) Finn, Gregory Finn, Caitlin (Nic) Mortelliti and Christopher Stickney;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Connor Finn, Avery Finn, Olivia Mortelliti and Baby Bloom who will be joining us in early June;

along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents and 2 siblings, David (Opal) Wilkie and Delores ("Salt") Alderson.

Memorial donations may be made in Rose's name, to be applied to the Ryan Scovell XXYY Research Fund, through the XXYY Foundation at www.genetic.org/donatenow/donate  

Rose's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Luther Manor and Hospice of Dubuque for all of the wonderful care and support they provided to Rose, and her family.

Online condolences may be shared with Rose's family atwww.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 

 

 



Marianne Hurlburt


Marianne (Klein) Hurlburt 82 of Dubuque passed away at 4:25 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Saint Anthony Catholic Church with Fr. Steve Rosonke officiating, burial will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Leonard Funeral home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service will be held at 3:00 p.m.

She was born on August 30, 1936 in Rickardsville, Iowa the daughter of Herman and Irene (Ritt) Klein and attended school in Rickardsville. She married John "Jack" Hurlburt on June 29, 1955 at Saint Joseph Church in Rickardsville. Together they shared 64 years of marriage.

She began her working career teaching pre-school in Dubuque and later owned and operated Plants by Marianne in Sherrill. Many knew her as the "Flower Lady" and could often be found at the Farmers Market displaying her plants and flowers.
After living in the Balltown & Sherrill area for 21 years they moved to Guttenberg for 9 years and then Key West for 14 years until finally moving to Applewood 3 in Dubuque.

They also spent 13 retirement years in Mission Texas where she served as Secretary of the Pleasant Valley Park.
Marianne never had a bad word to say about anybody. She enjoyed animals and nature especially being outdoors, camping, fishing, and gardening. Cooking and baking were some of her favorite things to do. For 25 years she looked forward to her "sister trips" where many great memories were created. She also had a special relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She is survived by her husband John "Jack" Hurlburt; three sons Timothy Hurlburt, of East Dubuque, Scott (Shellie) Hurlburt, of Schapville, IL, Kent (Kim) Hurlburt, of Waterloo; a daughter Dr. Holly (Mike) McLain of Kansas City KS; 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; sisters Betty (James) Coohey, and Carol (Don) Bluml, of Dubuque and Elaine (Ron) Foht, of Milan, IL; a sister-in-law Rosie (Dan) Klein, of Luxembourg, IA and 22 nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents Herman & Irene Klein; her in-laws Art & Marie Hurlburt; a brother Danny Klein and two sisters, Alice (Vince) Brimeyer, and Nancy Klein.

In lieu of flowers a Marianne Hurlburt memorial fund has been established.

Marianne wishes to express a special thanks to all the doctors, nurses, aides, and technicians that helped her through this ordeal. Especially to Dr. Eric Engelman and staff, and Dr. Jerod Freiburger at Medical Associates; the University of Iowa Hospital; the Wendt Regional Cancer Center; and Amy and Angie with Hospice of Dubuque for all their care and compassion.



Gerald I. Link


Gerald "Jerry" Irvin Link, 74 of Dubuque, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Thursday, May 16th at ManorCare in Dubuque, IA.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road. Family and friends may gather after 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until time of service. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6.

He was born in Dubuque, IA and served in the US Army as an airplane mechanic, repairing helicopters, from 1965 to 1967. He married in 1969 and had 3 children. Jerry never wanted anyone to make a fuss over him and considered others first before his own needs. During his younger years, his greatest memory was building and racing his sand dune buggy. He enjoyed repairing motors and having good times with close friends and family. He also enjoyed hauling freight and golf carts as a semi-truck driver for many years.

Those left to cherish Jerry's memory include: his wife of 50 years, Phyllis Link, of Dubuque, IA; his daughters, Patty Berrier, of North English, IA and Cathy Copic, of Des Moines, IA; his son, Eric Link, of Ankeny, IA; his brothers, James Link, of Dubuque, IA, David Link, of Dubuque, IA, and Greg Link, of Dubuque, IA; his sisters, Joy Behnke, of Dubuque, IA, Carol Link, of Dubuque, IA, and Jean Kohn, of Dubuque, IA; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws, & close friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; Esther and Marion Link.



Donald J. Stecher


Donald J. Stecher, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 15th, 2019 at Hawkeye Care Center surrounded by his loving family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 20th, 2019 at St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church with Rev. Tom McDermott officiating and brother Rev. John Stecher concelebrating. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a parish wake service and rosary will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Don was born on June 9th, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of John and Servina (Pfohl) Stecher. He served in the United States Army as Sergeant First Class and was a member of the American Legion Post #6. He was active in the Army Reserves where he taught classes in terrain analysis.
Don worked for Dubuque Insulation and Siding Co. and was a lifelong farmer. He started at the age of seven helping on the family farm. Don loved what he did and worked until he was forced to retire due to illness at the age of 74.

Don married Marilyn Brune on October 14, 1978 at St. Joseph The Worker. They have five children and eleven grandchildren. Don's grandchildren will miss Papa's hugs when they come in the door and playing Old Maid with him. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn; three sons John (Lindsay) Stecher, of Jersey City, NJ, Jim (Beth) Stecher, of Dubuque, IA and Mike (Anna) Stecher, of Bettendorf, IA; two daughters Michelle (John) Hamilton, of Dubuque, IA, and Jenny Stecher, of Chicago, IL. Eleven grandchildren, Jack and Gemma Stecher, Olivia, Hannah, AJ and Henry Stecher, Isla and Marin Stecher, Tyler, Isabel and Tanner Hamilton. Sisters Jeanette Hohmann, of Dubuque, IA, and Carol Wagner, of Washington, MO and his brother Fr. John Stecher, of Davenport, IA.

Don was preceded in death by his parents John and Servina Stecher.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman and the oncology nurses, Hospice of Dubuque, especially Amy, Scott, Ryan and Suzanne; and to all the health care professionals, family and friends who helped care for Don.



Ronald L. Hanson


Ronald L. (Ron) Hanson, age 66 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Dubuque Specialty Care after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. To honor Ron's life, a private family service is being held. Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Ron's family.

Ron was born on December 25, 1952, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Harold and Lois (Walsh) Hanson.  Growing up in Dubuque, Ron attended Hempstead High School followed by the University of Dubuque. Ron worked in a variety of management and sales positions throughout his career.

Ron was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears fan and rarely missed a televised football or basketball game. Ron also enjoyed a love of baseball and had dual loyalty to both the Oakland A's and Chicago Cubs. Ron played softball for nearly 40 years and enjoyed spending time outdoors including hunting both for deer and morel mushrooms and summers fishing on the Mississippi River. Ron's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Dubuque Specialty Care and Hospice of Dubuque, for the compassion and caring support they provided to Ron.

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Ron include,
his mother, 
Lois (Walsh) Hanson, Dubuque, Iowa;

his ex-wife,
Rosie Hanson, Dubuque, Iowa;

his three children,
Keri (Kent Eiler) Hanson, New York, NY,
Cory (Sara) Hanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado,
and Kyle Hanson of Mankato, Minnesota;

Ron will also be remembered by his three brothers,
Randy (Karen) Hanson of Dubuque, Iowa,
Dan (Beth) Hanson of Brentwood, Tennessee,
and Jim Hanson of Dubuque, Iowa;

along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Harold Hanson, Ron's father, preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Dubuque.

Online condolences can be shared with Ron's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 



John M. McDonald, III


John Manderson "Honest John" McDonald, III, 88, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of A. Y. McDonald Industries, Dubuque, IA and President of Brock-McVey Co., Lexington, widower of Barbara Burnham McDonald, his wife of 36 years, died at his residence Monday after a long illness. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Monday at the Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road.  A private family service will be held at a later date.

Born in Dubuque, he was the son of the late John Manderson and Eleanor Wood McDonald, Jr. 

He was a graduate of Phillips Academy and Yale University before joining the U. S. Air Force in 1952, becoming a 1st Lt. while serving as a Jet Fighter Pilot for five years. In 1957 He joined the A. Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. in Dubuque where he spent his career. In 1964 he moved to Lexington to also serve as President of Brock-McVey Co. 

John served on numerous boards in both Dubuque and Lexington. In Dubuque he served on the board of First National Bank, Dubuque Bank and Trust, American Trust, A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co., Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dubuque United Fund where he was Campaign Chair and Chairman of the Board, Finley Hospital, YMCA where he was chairman of the Fund drive for three years, The Dubuque Summer Festival where he served as co-chairman, the Dubuque Boy's Club, Clark College Advisory Board, Clarke College Development Council where he served as Co-Chairman of the Capital Fund Drive, Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque Shooting Society where he served as secretary, Plantation Development Corporation, Public Utilities Company and Uniflow Gas Co.

Before moving to Kentucky, he was a member of his family's church, First Congregational UCC.

John was a member of Lexington Rotary Club, Keeneland Club, Idle Hour Country Club, Lexington Club and had been an avid hunter, golfer and fisherman.

He is survived by his son, John Manderson (Julie) McDonald, IV; two daughters, Mary McDonald Gray (David) and Martha McDonald Coyle (and friend Donnie Anderson); seven grandchildren, Christopher Scott McDonald, Hollie Wood Coyle, Anna Catherine McDonald, Grace Elizabeth McDonald and John Manderson "Quint" McDonald, V, all of Lexington and Barbara Ellen McDonald and Amanda McDonald Scales-Conklin (Dalton), both of Lawrenceburg, his former daughter-in-law, Amy McDonald Ruble and a special and devoted friend, Becky Planck, Lexington.

He was preceded in death by two children, Scott Andrew McDonald and Heather Young McDonald and his sister, Margaret McDonald Humphrey.

Memorials to Blue Grass Community Foundation, 499 E. High St., Ste. 112, Lex. 40507, Lex. Rotary Endowment Fund, 401 W. Main, Suite 305, Lex. 40507 or YMCA, 239 E. High St. Lex., 40507.

 

 



Gilbert F. Beringer


Gilbert "Gib" F. Beringer, 75, of Dyersville, Iowa passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Gib may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Dyersville American Legion services will be held at 7 p.m. and Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, Iowa, with Rev. Ralph E. Davis presiding. Burial will be held at St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, Iowa with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Gib was born on June 7, 1943 in Cascade, Iowa, son of Nicholas and Bernice (Schlarman) Beringer. He received his education in the rural country schools. On May 4, 1968 he was united in marriage to Sue Ann Urbain at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Farley, Iowa.

Gib was a Veteran having served in the Army National Guard for 6 years. He drove milk truck for several years and owned and operated the Dyersville Redemption Center where he earned the nickname "The Can Man" for 10 years. He also was a RTA Bus driver for 12 years.

Gib was a simple family man. His biggest loves were his wife, daughters and grandchildren. He was a strong, proud, hardworking man with a very soft heart. Gib was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan. He loved to play cards with anyone and was known for his sense of humor.

He was a member of Basilica St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville, IA. Gib was also a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 and the Dyersville Knights of Columbus Council #1734.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue Ann Beringer of Dyersville, IA; four daughters, Janelle (Eric) Spellerberg of Newton, IA, Angela (Norman) Millman, Melissa Beringer (Special Friend, Kevin Campbell) both of Dubuque, IA and Amanda (Doug) Funke of Dyersville, IA; 8 grandchildren, Nathan and Nicholas Spellerberg, Hunter and Tanner Millman, Courtney and Charlotte Beringer, Gabbi and Grace Funke; his mother, Bernice Beringer of Dyersville, IA; two sisters, Kate (Ron) Leifker of Greenville, Tx, Bonnie (Steve) Brimeyer of Farley, IA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Celester Rausch of Epworth, IA, Bernie (Mary) Urbain, Bob (Jean) Urbain, Judy M. Koppes, Julie Urbain, Nancy (John) Kramer, Jeff (Sandy) Urbain, Wanda (Dave) Roberts, Sarah (Tim) Ells; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; two sisters, Joyce Beringer in infancy and Betty Rausch; father and mother-in-law, Earl and Gertrude Urbain, brothers-in-law, Dave Koppes and Mark Urbain; goddaughter, Kathy Ann Rausch.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com



Gerald J. Schlarmann


Phoenix, Arizona - Gerald Joseph Schlarmann "Jerry", 78, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away March 2, 2019, at his son's home in Phoenix surrounded by his family.

Jerry was born on July 16, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa, oldest son of Louis Bernard and Mary (Jurisic) Schlarmann.

Jerry could fix nearly anything from plumbing and home repair to welding and woodworking. He built fantastic furniture from oak, walnut and cherry and enjoyed helping others with their projects.

Jerry attended Sacred Heart School. After school and up to age 18 he worked for Dr. Shortell and considered dentistry at one time. In 1958 he started work at the Dubuque Pack and worked there nearly 44 years until the plant was closed. He was happy to say he did almost every job at the plant and often told stories about cooking food on the steam pipes for dinner.

On Oct 30, 1965 he married Vicki Lee Remy at St. Anthony's Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Vicki made sure he completed his education and Jerry got his GED in 1983 and an advanced welding certification in 1985. Jerry also worked part-time in law enforcement for the cities of Worthington, Epworth and Farley until his retirement. During retirement he built lots of furniture and every winter he drove from Dubuque to Phoenix with his dogs Lilli and later Oscar to spend time with his granddaughter.

Surviving are his son, Tom (Tegan) of Phoenix, AZ; one granddaughter, Tori. Three sisters: Darlene, Mary Lee (Bill) Miller and Kay (Gary) Nauman, sister-in-law Debbie (Basten) Schlarman and many nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at Mt Calvary Chapel. Burial at Mt Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Vicki (Nov 2, 2003); his parents Mary (Jan 15, 1981) and Louis (Oct 1, 1981) and his brother, James Arthur (Nov 8, 2007).

His family wishes to thank the staff at Stone Hill Care Center, Chandler Regional Hospital and East Valley Hospice for their care and support. Special thanks to his sisters and cousin Pat for watching over Jerry in his later years.

 



Elizabeth L. Hingtgen


Elizabeth L. "Betty" Hingtgen, 88, of Dubuque, IA, formerly of Dickeyville, WI, passed away Thursday morning, May 16, 2019 at Stonehill Care Center in Dubuque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Holy Ghost Church in Dickeyville, with Fr. Bernard Rott officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 - 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where the parish prayer service will be at 1:45 p.m. Sunday.  Friends may also call from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. on Monday at the church.

Betty was born on January 3, 1931 near Sherrill, IA, the daughter of Charles and Regina (Nauman) Schueller.  She was united in marriage to LaVerne Hingtgen on August 25, 1951 at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Sherrill.  He preceded her in death on August 15, 1984.

Betty was formerly employed at Frommelt Industries. She was a member of St. Anthony's Parish in Dubuque, and a former member of Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville and its Christian Mothers Sodality. She was active in her parish as a lector and Eucharistic Minister, also led the rosary before Mass, and worked in the Grotto Flower Gardens for many years.  She spent many hours in her own Spring Flower Gardens.

Surviving are six children, Susan (Mark) Bohlen of East Dubuque, Cathy (Ken) Splinter of Platteville, WI, Mary Lynn (Ron) Pickel of St. Paul, MN, Gary (Rita) Hingtgen of Kieler, WI, James (Kathy) Hingtgen of Urbandale, IA, and Dave (Jane) Hingtgen of Kieler; seven-grandchildren, Christopher, Bradley, Kyle, Kelly, Courtney, Keri Lynn, and Reid; four-great grandchildren; and two sisters, Marilyn (James) Lansing of Dubuque, and Annette Schmitt of East Dubuque, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Charles & Regina; her husband, LaVerne; two grandsons, Jesse Splinter and Ryan Hingtgen; her siblings, Geraldine McDonough, Bernadette Wernke, Richard and Jerome Schueller.

Betty's family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Stonehill Care Center, especially Marilyn, Brandi & Tina, and the nurses and staff from Hospice of Dubuque, including Sara and Amy for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.  

 



Gary L. McGinnis


Gary L. McGinnis, age 68 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at ManorCare Health Services in Dubuque, IA. A private family service will be held to celebrate Gary's life.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gary's family.

Gary was born on April 19, 1951, in Dubuque, a son to Lawrence "Snuffy" and Elizabeth "Betty" (Ring) McGinnis.  Gary always felt blessed to have been able to spend his entire life in the Dubuque area, enjoying the time spent with family and friends.  He married his bride Debra (Ben) McGinnis on June 23, 1990 with whom he spent much time shopping, camping, relaxing by a fire and the occasional catfish dinner (his favorite).  They also enjoyed trips with the family to Jellystone and Adventureland and checking out his favorite toys at car shows.  Gary was not a homebody, though, always eager to trek the outdoors.  Gary cherished his time spent in Strawberry Point hunting for a trophy buck, a big tom turkey and morels (another favorite). He also spent countless hours fishing for catfish and trout. Being a forever kind and generous soul was in Gary's nature. He made friends with all who crossed his path and so many of those friendships lasted a lifetime. 

Gary's professional life spanned operating as a CDL licensed semi-driver, 19 years at Georgia Pacific as an equipment operator and even into retirement as a driver of the local mini bus.  He drove both for the City of Dubuque and Luther Manor for 7 years until health difficulties compelled him to turn keys in for the last time.  Gary's love for people, the ability to share his wisdom, experiences and "goofy" sense of humor made a lasting impression on those around him, even while struggling with his declining health.  Gary's passion and good-nature was not relegated to his friends, but extended to his favorite pets as well.  He enjoyed a good walk as much as anyone, but if a good nap or a Packers game was finding its way into his day, you could be sure to find his puppies enjoying it alongside him.  

It's quite difficult to imagine living in a world without Gary. He had the natural ability to brighten everyone's day and his attitude toward life is that which we can only hope to emulate moving forward. Gary's physical absence will leave a marked void which even time will find challenging to fill and heal.  But we trust that the Lord will finally deliver the peace which Gary has been seeking and we are eternally grateful that any sufferings he may have endured have now ceased.  We will miss him, love him, laugh and cry for him, but most importantly, we will never forget him. We thank you Gary for all of the wonderful memories you've left behind for your family and friends to treasure. We will always remember to spread and share our love and devotion for others as you would have. God bless you Gary!   

Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gary include,

his loving wife,
Debra McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa;

his children,
Tammy (Bill Kaufmann) Sprecher, Dubuque, Iowa,
Tera (Aaron) Turner, Marion, Iowa,
Laura McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa,
and Doug (Cindy) Siegert, Farmington, Minnesota;

his beautiful grandchildren,
Cody Sprecher, Cailee Sprecher, Alex Sprecher, Chloe Kaufmann, Jack Kaufmann, Logan Turner, Lucy Turner and Ellie Siegert;

his brothers,
Dave (Kim) McGinnis, Parrish, Florida,
and Ronnie (Kelley) McGinnis, Dubuque, Iowa;

his in-laws,
Tim (Jean) Ben, Dubuque, Iowa,
Tammy Ben, Dubuque, Iowa,
Jerry (Pam) Ben, Sherrill, Iowa,
Roger (Linda) Ben, Sioux City, Iowa,
Doug (Vicki) Ben, Durango, Iowa,
and Kathy Ben, Dubuque, Iowa;

his dearest friends,
Eldon (Sue) Fenton, Max (Jody) Fenton, Steve (Pam) Heinz and David Steines;

along with countless nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Mary Lee McGinnis and Kathleen McGinnis; his brother, Timothy McGinnis; his father-in-law, Harry Ben; and a niece, Krista Ben.

Gary's family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Deacon Mike, Dr. Whalen and Dr. Steffen, along the nurses and staff at ManorCare and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Gary, and his family. 

Online condolences may be shared with Gary's family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

 

 



Dennis W. Grant


Dennis W. "Denny" Grant, age 65, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 6:55 p.m., on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Denny's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. To celebrate Denny's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Denny was born on March 15, 1954, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Robert and Immogene (Weber) Grant.

Denny married Diane Nadermann on May 5, 1984. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Naval Reserve and National Guard, retiring in 1998, with the rank of E-6. He received his education with St. Anthony Catholic Grade School and went on to graduate from Wahlert High School, Class of 1972. Denny also received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Dubuque in 1978, and finally earned his M.A. from Loras College in 1982. He felt a human services calling given the fact that he had a handicapped brother and a very compassionate mother. Denny started his mental health career at Hillcrest Family Services in 1979, going on to work for several places, including The Gannon Center, until his early retirement in 2014. Denny served on several mental health committees, as well as the NICC Human Services Advisory Board. He was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer in 2011, and underwent various treatments over the past several years. Upon surviving 5 years, he wrote a book about his experiences called "5 Years and Beyond: Surviving Cancer", which was published in 2016. Denny always had an optimistic outlook and never complained about his illness. The book was intended to be a reflection on his own experiences and serve as an inspiration to others. Denny was known as a jokester who liked to laugh and get others to laugh right along with him. He was a very kind and giving person who always made time for others. He believed that keeping your word was very important and the most valued aspects of his life were his family, country and career. Denny was part of the The Four Horsemen, along with Pat, Ski and Dan, they were friends for 60 years. He had many other close friends and associates that he liked to visit with. Most of all he loved spending time with Diane and his sons, whom he was very proud of. Denny also had a soft spot for animals and had several pets throughout the years. Denny loved to golf, travel and play black jack at the casinos. He was also known as a trivia wizard on morning talk show trivia contests.

Those left to cherish Denny's memory include

his loving wife of 35 years,
Diane Grant, Dubuque;

his 2 sons,
David Grant, Dubuque, IA
and Daniel Grant, Washington D.C.;

his brothers,
Gary Grant, Plano, TX,
Rodney Grant, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Diane) Grant, Fort Worth, TX
and Bob (Amy) Grant, Worthington, IA;

3 brothers-in-law,
Dan (Connie) Nadermann, Dubuque, IA,
Don (Suzanne) Nadermann, Hot Springs, AR
and Paul (Maria Alcordo) Nadermann, Dubuque, IA;

his sister-in-law,
Judy (Steve) Bries, Sherrill, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Todd Grant; and a sister-in-law, Charlene Grant.

Denny's family would like to thank Dr. Engleman and the entire Oncology Department at Medical Associates, as well as the staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Melissa G., they were angels that came into his home, creating "Memories in the Making". We love you Denny, Rest in Peace!

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Thelma A. Meier


Thelma Alice Meier, 103 a long-time resident of Bellevue, IA and Bethany Home in Dubuque, IA entered Heaven's gates on December 18, 2018.

Thelma was born April 27, 1915 in Bellevue, IA to Roy and Anna Cheney. After graduating from Bellevue High School in 1932, she earned her beauty license in Chicago, IL and then opened her own beauty shop in Bellevue. Later in life, she worked in Bellevue's Elementary School cafeteria for many years.

She was a long time and very active member of the Bellevue Presbyterian Church and Eastern Star.

Thelma was also a great "cooker" according to her grandkids. She loved to dance, golf, bowl, travel, and play cards.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was also a big Chicago Cubs fan. She loved to watch and root them on. Over the years, she indicated she wasn't going anywhere until the Cubs won a World Series. God answered that prayer allowing her to see them win the 2016 World Series at the age of 101.

Thelma was united in marriage to Urban N. Meier on September 2, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2001. They were married for 61 wonderful years. After retirement, they wintered in Mesa, AZ for many years.

Thelma's family include her oldest son Lynn (Mary) from East Dubuque, IL, her twin sons; Douglas (Debbie) from Casa Grande, AZ, and Dean from Mesa, AZ. Her family included nine loving grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, plus one on the way, and one sister, Lois Petesch from Hopkins, MN (formally from Hanover, IL).

Thelma was predeceased in death by her parents, Roy and Anna Cheney, loving husband; a brother, Roger Cheney; sisters, Jeanette Rathje, Dorothy Jess, and Vivian Williams. The sisters were inseparable and coined themselves..." The Cheney Chickens".

A memorial service to celebrate Thelma's life will be held on June 1, 2019 at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 503 Market Street, Bellevue, Iowa starting at 10:30 am. We welcome all those who want to attend a "Celebration of Life and Remembrance" gathering at 9:00 am. She will be laid to rest in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue.

The family wants to thank her doctors, the many nurses, and staff members from Bethany Home and Hospice of Dubuque who cared for Thelma. It was their love and caring that made her life comfortable and enjoyable. We are so grateful!

In lieu of flowers, a "Thelma Meier Memorial Fund" has been established.

"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

 



Evelyn Callahan


Evelyn Callahan, age 109, of Bethany Home, Dubuque, formerly of 702 Caledonia Place passed away on March 27th, 2019 at Bethany Home. Evelyn was born in rural Clayton County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Lange) Ferris of Guttenberg, Iowa.

She was a member of St. Raphael's Cathedral in Dubuque. A semi-private service, for family and close friends will be held in the small chapel of Bethany Home. No Flowers, please. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery Dubuque, Iowa.

In her youth, Evelyn taught in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Iowa. She then returned to school and attended Metropolitan Business College in Chicago and worked at United Insurance Company. Evelyn married Hugh Callahan of Dubuque, Iowa in 1932, at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. He preceded her in death.

Evelyn lived a very active life. She was President of the Policeman's Auxiliary and the Loras Academy Mother's Club. She was also secretary of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary where she volunteered in the library. She was an avid and skilled bridge player. She was also an active democrat and worked the election polls for many years.

Evelyn is survived by her son Hugh (Sonia) Callahan, of Piedmont, California and his four children, David of Augora Hills, CA, Amy of Istanbul, Turkey, Carolyn and Anne, both of Piedmont, CA. Her son John Callahan (deceased) has five children. Michael, Susan, Tricia and Margie, all of Houston, Texas, and Christopher, of Birmingham, Alabama.

She has twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

 



David A. Huseman Jr.


David A. Huseman Jr. 42, of Dubuque, IA passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Rd. Dubuque.

Dave was born in Dubuque, IA on May 16, 1976, the son of David A. Huseman Sr. and Mary Lyons, (Donath). He attended Dubuque Senior High School and worked as a welder/custom fabricator. On October 8, 2011 he married Christine Roth and together they shared 11 wonderful years together.

Music was Dave's life, whether it was around a campfire, on stage, or simply in a basement. When a guitar was in his hand, he was at his happiest. Dave loved spending time with his family, friends and especially his many cousins, he was recently overjoyed to find out he was to become a first-time grandpa.

He enjoyed hanging out with his dad and working on various projects together. His ongoing project was rebuilding a "Burt Reynolds" Trans-Am "Bandit" for Chris. Dave had a great sense of humor and his presence was undeniable to so many throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife, Christine; daughter, Chelsey of Dubuque; a son, Tyler of Dubuque; two stepsons, Christopher and Gage; his father, David; his mother, Mary; a brother, Dan; and a sister, Mary (Eric) Avenarius and his Lil' Penny; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many extended family members.

 



Cecelia M. Meloy


Cecelia M. "Cis" Meloy, 94, of Cascade, Iowa, passed away surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, Iowa.

Friends and relatives of Cis may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa where a wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen.
Services for Cis will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Burial will be held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Garryowen, Iowa.
Cis was born September 30, 1924 in Bernard, Iowa, daughter of Mike D. and Marjorie (O'Brien) Noonan. She received her education in rural Jackson County schools and St. Martin's High School in Cascade, Iowa. She was a school teacher in Dubuque and Jackson County schools. She had a keen wit and was an avid euchre player for many years. She was proud of her Irish heritage and greatly enjoyed a trip to Ireland. She was always interested in the activities of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved hearing from them. She kept their photos nearby.

On September 17, 1946, she was united in marriage to Walter F. Meloy at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Garryowen, Iowa. The couple farmed for many years near Bernard, Iowa. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2002.

She was a member of St. Patrick's Parish and the St. Patrick's Rosary Society in Garryowen, Iowa.

She is survived by three children, Peggy (Ron) McDermott of Coal Valley, IL, David (Ruthanne) Meloy of Muscatine, IA and Mark (Jeanne) Meloy of Dubuque, IA; 9 Grandchildren, Tanya, Erin, Brian, Lea, Liza, Rob, Marissa, Kevin and Shannon; and 22 Great-grandchildren; two brothers, Michael (Jeanne) Noonan of Peosta, IA and Patrick Noonan of Cascade, IA; two sisters-in-law, Mary Noonan of Cascade, IA and Shirley Noonan of Carmichael, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Mary Margaret Noonan and Frances T. Noonan; three brothers, Robert M. Noonan, John "Oz" Noonan and Daniel Noonan; two sisters-in-law, Mary Noonan and Nancy Noonan.
A Cecilia M. Meloy memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com

 



Venson L. O'Hara


Venson L. O'Hara, 70, of Monmouth, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

Friends and family may gather in remembrance of Venson from 1 to 3 P.M. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Eden Valley Camp Refuge, 1415 50th Avenue, Baldwin, Iowa. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be held at a later date.
Venson Lee O'Hara was born on January 11, 1949 in Clarinda, Iowa, to Charles Robert and Beatrice (Tamerius) O'Hara. He grew up in Clarinda and after the 8th grade joined the carnival. He then entered the military serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and earning an honorable discharge. He married Mary Ann Scholtes on November 19, 1996 in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Venson was a jack-of-all-trades. He had worked as cook for several years, and then co-owned and operated their business called the "Dog House" where he worked as a self-employed mechanic.

Venson was an avid collector of coins and old beer cans.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Ann O'Hara of Monmouth, IA; a daughter, Jenny Lynn (and husband Joshua Shepherd) O'Hara of Monmouth, IA; 1 grandson, Isaac Lee Shepherd; and sisters Verna Lou of St. Louis, MO, and Viola of MT. He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 brothers Victor, Vernon and Virgil.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Venson Lee O'Hara memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

 



William E. Gurske

William E. Gurske, 82, of Rickardsville, Iowa passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 while traveling with his wife and daughter in Minnesota.

Memorial services will be 11 am, Friday, May 17 at Summit Congregational Church, where a visitation will be held from 10 am -10:45 am. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is assisting the family.

 



Ice Kay Horkheimer


Ice Kay Horkheimer, stillborn infant daughter, of Brittany Horkheimer and Antwoine Shealey, was called home on May 10, 2019. To celebrate Ice's memory, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until 2:00 p.m., on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Those left to cherish Ice's memory include

her parents,
Brittany S. Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA
and Antwoine D. Shealey, Chicago, IL;

a brother,
Lazarick "JoJo" Childs-Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA;

her grandparents,
Donna S. (Terry) Thompson, Dubuque, IA
and Scott A. Morales, Davenport, IA;

her great-grandparents,
Judy (Paul) Horkheimer, Dubuque, IA
Karen Thompson, Dubuque, IA
and Joyce Bennett, Davenport, IA;

her aunt,
Brandy Phend-Bostic, Dubuque, IA;

her uncles,
Brandon Horkheimer,
Cameron Thompson
and Dakota Thompson, all of Dubuque, IA;

and many cousins.

Ice was preceded in death by her grandma, Claudia "Cookie" Shealey; her great-grandmothers, Alice Shealey and Katherine Kelly; her great-grandfathers, Gene Thompson and John Morales; and an uncle, Michael Thompson.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.behrfuneralhome.com

 



Raymond L. Potter


Raymond Lee Potter, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on May 10th, 2019 at Eagle Point Place.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with military honors accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Ray was born on May 6, 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Byron and Myrtal (Wilkenson) Potter. He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1950-1954.

Ray married Sandra Lee Bainbridge and together they had four children.

Ray worked for the Sinsinawa Mound and Mercy Hospital in Dyersville. He was a member of the American Legion and Party President for Dubuque Rugby Club.

He loved camping, the lake and woods, his Cabin and his Leisure Lake family. He enjoyed road trips and adventures, trap fishing, and he even tried a little biking with Doug. Hunting was a hobby he and Doug loved, but they were not very good at it, couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. He never missed a Rugby game or football game Doug played in. He enjoyed a cold pint and good food. Building projects with his brothers-in-law and son were a labor of love and much to be proud of. What he loved most though, was his family, the time spent with them was his greatest joy.

He is survived by his children, Sherry (James) O'Toole, Kristie (Scott) Pier, Douglas (Barb) Potter, and Debbie Potter along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Dusty and Bud and two sisters Adele and Shirley.

The family would like to thank Eagle Point place for taking such good care of Ray. Special thank you to Brandy for always making him feel special and cared.