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Vincent F. "Vince" Brimeyer, age 87, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 4:45 p.m., on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center. To honor Vince's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at the Church of the Nativity, 1225 Alta Vista Street. To celebrate Vince's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Vince was born on June 27, 1930, in Balltown, Iowa, son of Alphonse and Eleanor (Hansen) Brimeyer.

Vince grew up, surrounded by family and friends, in beautiful northern Dubuque County. He honorably served his country with the U.S. Army for over 2 years with the 389th Construction Engineer Battalion in Dubuque, and served another 2 years active duty as a Motor Sergeant, from January 1953 to December of 1954, with the 5th Infantry Division, 11th Infantry Regiment, in Augsburg, Germany. Vince was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go on Honor Flight #9, in May of 2015, with his son Jeff. He was raised with the values of honesty and diligence, alongside a strong work ethic, and put those character traits to use as a child on local farms during the summer, and working side by side with his dad in the shop in Balltown. He then spent 3 years at the Avalon Garage before finally starting at Clemen's Motors, as a repair technician, working his way up to the position of service manager before he had invested over 23 years of his working career with them. And finally, Vince would earnestly devote his last 15 years of work to the John Deere Dubuque and Horicon plants as a mobile equipment supervisor/senior engineering analyst, until his eventual retirement in 1988. Vince wasn't all work though, providing for those he loved in his personal life was the reason for the work. He was united in marriage to his soul-mate, Alice Klein, on September 25, 1951, at St. Joseph Church in Rickardsville. They were blessed with 59 wonderful years together, and 3 children, before Alice was sadly called home ahead of him on August 29, 2011. He and Alice lived a rich and abundantly full life and were proud to have accomplished visiting all 50 states with family and friends throughout the years. In his free time, Vince enjoyed sitting down to watch his Cubs take the field, or the sights and sounds of a NASCAR race on a sunny day, and was even fortunate enough to have attended the Indy 500 3 times, as well as the Brickyard 400, to watch his favorite drivers, A.J. Foyt and Jeff Gordon, in person. He and Alice also spent as much time as they could in the great outdoors, fishing poles proudly in hand; a love which they've continued to pass down to their children and grandchildren today. More than anything though, Vince was a family man through and through. In his later years, Vince always looked forward to any opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; listening intently to all of their stories of daily life all while joyfully watching them attain what he knew to be the magnificent milestones of growing up. He was also very active with several groups around town, including the American Legion Dubuque Post #6, the John Deere Retirees Association, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Vince's faith was also a very important aspect of Vince's life, and he not only tried to live the Christian life by example, but was also a long-time and faithful member of the Church of the Nativity. We are deeply saddened today at the loss of such a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend, and positive role model to all who knew him. But, we do find peace in knowing that in time the pain will begin to heal, and thankfully we find comfort in trusting that not only will we all be reunited again one day, but that Vince and Alice are finally doing a little catching up as their eternal union begins.

Those left to cherish Vince's memory include

his children,
Pamela (Steve) Dobbins, Milan, IL,
Janelle (Steve) Pregler, Dubuque, IA
and Jeffrey (Laurie) Brimeyer, Independence, IA;

his grandchildren,
Jason Dobbins, Jami (Marcus) McQueen, Brandon (SaRee) Pregler, Michelle (Brian) Huss, Megan (Johnathon) McGhee, and Zachery (Delaney Jansen) Brimeyer;

his great-grandchildren,
Marcus, Mariyah, Maliyah and Makiyah McQueen, Nolan and Sienna Pregler, Aleah and Raena Huss and Jeremy and Oliver McGhee;

his siblings,
Ralph (Evie) Brimeyer, Bettendorf, IA
and Margie Huber, Dubuque, IA;

and his sisters-in-law,
Lucille Brimeyer
and Jane Brimeyer, both of Dubuque.

Vince was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice Brimeyer; a grandson, Jeremy Dobbins; his siblings, Robert Brimeyer, Lester Brimeyer. Willard (Rita) Brimeyer, Francis Brimeyer; and a brother-in-law, Ron Huber.

Vince's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Vince, and his family.