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“Condolences and prayers for Aaron, Fran and the family in his honor.Fr. Paul Otting ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Fr. Paul Otting - Dubuque, IA

“a lone time customer. Mr. Fagan Help me with a lot of projects that I brought inHe would see me coming and ask what have I broke now. He fix a lot...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: shirlee bolds - dubuque, IA

“Hello may I first extend my condolences. I also wanted to say thank you. I met Aaron at the casino he was so much fun to talk to and very kind to me....Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Larry Maples - Dubuque, IA

“Aaron worked on my shoes for many years putting on special soles from club feet, a birth defect. He was always friendly, courteous and as a priest he...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Paul McManus - Winthrop, Iowa, IA

“Fagan families,I was shocked to hear if Aaron's passing..he was one of those people that no one ever said anything bad about,I hope it comforts you...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Mark McDonald - Dubuque, IA

“Please accept our sympathy in the passing of Aaron. We dealt with Aaron numerous times in his business-good guy. He has touched many lives in a...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Peggy Schroeder & Family - IA

“So long Buddy, we'll miss your kind heart, that you worked so hard to hide. You'll be missed.r ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Old Harley rider

“Our sympathies go out to you whole family....Aaron will be truly missed-He was "true blue," honest, hard working, and most of all...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Robin Kennnicker - sherrill, IA

“Fran and family, So sorry for your loss, Aaron was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. I remember him first from the Derby gas station at...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Dino Welbes - Dubuque, IA

“My sympathy to Fran and the family. Jack and I were grateful we got to know Aaron thru all of Aaron's fund raising efforts. God be with the Fagan...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Mrs. Jack (Sue) Mohr - IA

“I enjoyed every opportunity I had delivering shoes to or picking shoes up from your father. I tried several times to get him to sit for an interview...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Randy Lyon - Dubuque, IA - Friend

“our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: mike & robyn fagan - Dubuque, IA

“Fran, Kelly, Dan, Katie, Sarah, and family------We are SO very sorry for your loss. The obit is beautiful; it was Aaron!!!!! He had this "tough guy"...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Jack & Marilyn Hafeman - Dubuque, IA

“My sincere sympathy to Fran and family ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Dianne Hamilton....Buglasd - WI

“So very sorry to hear about your loss. He will be missed by many.Thinking of you. ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Pat Wiezorek - Aurora, CO

“I am so sorry for your great loss. I feel honored to know one of the greatest men I've ever had the privilege to meet. He was truly one of life's...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Terri Jo Mueller - Dubuque, IA

“2nd cousin and one of my 1st landlords. Aaron would always let me know when the music got too loud in the apartment above the store by calling me and...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Jeremy Pollock - Dubuque, IA

“My heart goes out to you Fran, Kelly, Dan, Katie, Sarah and families. He we a beloved friend and will be missed dearly. You will be in my thoughts...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Jason Gantz - Dubuque, IA

“Dan,Amy and family. Ire bbq e and I are so sorry for you loss. My your family find peace knowing that your father is resting in the arms of the Lord. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Dick &Irene Glade - Norwalk, IA

“Aaron was a good friend. We had a lot of laughs in his shop.I'll miss him ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Alan Ford - Asbury - Friend


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Aaron V. Fagan, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly, after a long battle with cancer, at 1:28 p.m., on Friday, October 27, 2017, at home, with his loving daughter Kelly by his side. To honor Aaron's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Aaron's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Aaron was born on August 3, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Earl and Rosemary (Wolter) Fagan.

Aaron was born and raised in Dubuque, receiving his education at Dubuque Senior High School, and eventually meeting his future bride to be, Francine Ruh. The loving couple were united in marriage on April 7, 1973, in Dubuque. They would go on to celebrate over 44 devoted years together, and were truly blessed with 4 wonderful children. Aaron would earnestly provide for his family by working at the Dubuque Packing Company until 1982, and later by investing over 30 years of his time and talents at his business, Fagan's Shoe Repair, Video Rental and Hobby Shop. He has directly contributed to the comfort of numerous adult's feet in the Tri-States, as well as creating countless childhood memories for the youth in the area. Aaron's tireless ambition to provide not only his best, but absolute perfection, in everything he did is not only a true testament to his character and business mind-set, but also to his entire life perspective. In his free-time, Aaron was quite comfortable spending a day hunting in the timber, or sitting on the lakes in northern Wisconsin with a freshly baited hook in hand. Aaron also found infinite joy when he was surrounded by family on Christmas Day and the 4th of July, working on his latest Make-A-Wish, Children's Miracle Network and Albrecht Acres projects, or simply sharing his talents, wisdom or humble gifts of compassion for others in any number of fashions. If Aaron wanted to leave this world with an absolute statement to be proclaimed, it would be that next to faith playing an important role in our lives, following in a very close second is, "Love Your Family". Aaron's family, especially his deeply adored grandchildren, were absolutely a primary motivation in his world. It is virtually impossible to accurately articulate into words the absolute love, respect and adoration Aaron carried in his heart for his grandchildren. His actions to provide for, love, nurture and adore his family were continually on display, and the memories, lessons and legacy he leaves behind will surely help heal the hearts whom find themselves completely broken today with Aaron's sudden absence from their lives. We have undeniably lost one of the "good ones', and the world will never be the same for many; but we are also thankful that the world was never going to be the same in many other positive ways simply because the Lord was kind enough to share Aaron with us for 68 years. Thank you Aaron for all of the love you shared with the world, for playing the role of World's Greatest Grandpa without hesitation, and rest assured that "this left-handed cobbler who was just trying to make a difference" has definitely completed his mission and we'll treasure every memory until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Aaron's memory include

his loving wife of 44 years,
Fran Fagan, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 children,
Kelly Fagan, Dubuque, IA,
Dan (Amy) Fagan, Norwalk, IA,
Katie (Rob) Schmitt, Sherrill, IA
and Sarah (Adam) Banwarth, Richmond, VA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Brody Schmitt, Abigail Schmitt, Lucy Schmitt, Allie Schmitt, Noah Fagan, Brynn Fagan, Caleb Banwarth and Evelyn Banwarth;

his brother,
David (Jill) Fagan, St. Paul, MN;

his niece and Godchild,
Molly Fagan, St. Paul, MN;

and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents.

An Aaron V. Fagan memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Aaron's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Medical Associates Oncology, and the University of Madison, for all of their professional care and concern for Aaron, and his family.