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Paul S. Brashaw, 68, of Dubuque, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday, April 1, 2017, after a long, tough fight with cancer. To honor Paul's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Road, with Rev. Keith Birch officiating. Family and friends also may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Paul was born on December 27, 1948, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Clarence and Eleanor (Cashman) Brashaw.

He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1968, and furthered his education at the United Electronics Institute in West Des Moines, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Upon graduation from MSOE in 1973, Paul went to work for his father at Iowa Engineering Co., where he would dedicate the next three decades to the family business. After retiring from the shop, Paul worked another 10 years in Plant Engineering at Mercy Hospital, capping a career spent entirely in the refrigeration and air conditioning field.
Paul married the love of his life, Kathryn "Kathy" Birch, at Holy Ghost Church, on November 24, 1973. They shared 31 wonderful years together before she was called home ahead of him on August 23, 2005. Paul and Kathy were an active, inseparable couple, and their love for one another was evident to everyone who saw them. They loved playing darts together, and they shared their passion for the game with others. They were instrumental in founding some of Dubuque's first dart leagues, and organized countless tournaments throughout the city over the years, while taking home more than their share of trophies along the way. Paul was a gifted athlete as a young man, and he carried with him a competitive spirit throughout his life. He was a strong, talented wrestler in high school, and seemed to excel in everything he tried his hand at. Whether it was darts, volleyball, table tennis, golf, or a game of cards with family, Paul always strived to be the best he could be.
Paul was a skilled craftsman with a brilliant mind for all things technical. His handcrafted knives were unique works of art, and his wide-ranging expertise made him a fountain of wisdom whenever friends or family needed help. Though he never applied for a single patent, Paul's inventions and innovations brought joy and comfort into the lives of those around him. He was particularly proud of the tennis ball cannon he built to amuse his grandchildren; and "The Colder," a device he conceived and constructed that doesn't just keep beer cold, but makes it even colder. Paul appreciated a cold beer on a hot day…or on a cold day…or a seasonably temperate day.

Paul saw the value in any endeavor that challenges the mind. He was a devout Jeopardy! viewer, and liked to complete the day's Sudoku puzzle in his head before writing any of the numbers down. He could quote Tennyson and Ptolemy in the same breath as Vince Lombardi and Groucho Marx, and he loved sharing knowledge just as much as he loved acquiring it.

Above all though, was Paul's love and devotion for his family and friends; they meant the world to him and he always took the time to let them know they were not only important, but also appreciated for the role they played in his life. A great, yet humble man has completed his 68-year earthly journey, and we will miss him deeply and dearly. Thankfully, Paul has left us with an excellent example of how to be a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend; and we take some comfort in knowing that he is dancing happily with his beloved Kathy in Heaven, where we will one day join them in the most glorious of family reunions.

Those left to honor and cherish Paul's memory include

his 5 children,
David (Shelly) McElligott, of Johnston, IA,
Jennie (Josh) Vize, of Dubuque,
John (Angie) Brashaw, of Dubuque,
Ann (Jason Stanton) Brashaw, of Arvada, CO
and Andrew (Jenni) Brashaw, of Dubuque;

10 grandchildren,
Elyse, Nolan and Liam McElligott, Brandon and Ryan Vize, Cristin, Emily, Thomas and Matthew Brashaw, and George Brashaw;

4 great-grandchildren,
Maya, Summer, Avery and Brian;

his siblings,
Maurice "Maury" (Bette) Brashaw, of Sun City West, AZ,
John (Sara) Brashaw, of Racine, WI,
Jeanne (Jim) Dalesandro, of Oak Brook, IL
and Jude Brashaw, of Dubuque;

his brother-in-law,
Rev. Keith Birch;

many nieces and nephews;
and his friend,
Julie Konzen, of Dubuque.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law; his beloved wife, Kathy Brashaw; a brother, Carl Brashaw; and a nephew, Jimmy Dalesandro.

In lieu of flowers, a Paul S. Brashaw memorial fund has been established.

Paul's family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Dubuque Internal Medicine, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care, which provided so much comfort to Paul and his family these past few months.