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Richard W. "Rich" Yerke Jr., age 58, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:20 a.m., on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at ManorCare Health Services, surrounded by his loving family. To celebrate Rich's life, family and friends may visit from 12:00 noon, until 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street.

Rich was born on June 19, 1959, in Boscobel, WI, son of Richard W. and Betty L. (Zwolanek) Yerke Sr.

Rich was born and raised in Wisconsin and traveled the country before finally settling in the Dubuque area. Rich would happily find love with Marjorie Engling, and the two would blend their families together, becoming united in marriage on August 6, 1983, at Eagle Point Park, going on to enjoy 34 wonderful years together. To say that Rich was a, "Jack of all Trades", would be an understatement. Throughout the years he would devote his time and talents as a lifeguard, a clam diver, a car salesman and an auto mechanic; there wasn't anything he was afraid to try. In his free time, Rich could be found playing a relaxing game of cribbage, trout fishing on the river, or simply relaxing in his favorite easy chair watching Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger, or just about any Classic Western known to exist. Sometimes the tv watching would become quite spirited if he was watching his beloved Green Bay Packers take on a worthy opponent. Without a doubt though, the activity Rich looked forward to most was the time he spent camping with his family and friends, surely enjoying the great outdoors while getting to savor a little quality time with his grandchildren. We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, but thankfully we discover some comfort in the fact that he is now free of all of his health issues that have plagued him these past few years. We are forever grateful for the abundance of memories Rich leaves behind and we will definitely treasure them all until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Rich's memory include

his loving wife,
Marjorie Yerke, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 children,
Jeremy (Shannon) Engling, Dubuque, IA,
Chad Engling, Asbury, IA,
Tanya Yerke, Dubuque, IA
and Dana (Joe Kress) Yerke, Dubuque, IA;

his 12 grandchildren,
Kelsey Engling, Kaitlyn Engling, Brandon Engling, Amelia Engling, Natalie Engling, Ashlyn Engling, Trevor Boyd, Isaiah Boyd, Elijah Boyd, Ciara Boyd, Leyla Kress, and Ella Kress;

2 great-grandchildren;

and his 6 siblings,
Crystal (Skip) Peters, Ripley, OH,
Tina Yerke, Mineral Point, WI,
Vicky Yerke, Cuba City, WI,
Tana (Al Atkinson) Schallenberger, Beloit, WI,
Lisa Loeffelholz, Shullsburg, WI
and Brian Loeffelholz, Shullsburg, WI.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; and an uncle, Kenneth Yerke.

In lieu of flowers, a Richard W. "Rich" Yerke Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Rich's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of ManorCare for all of the wonderful care they have provided to Rich, and his family.