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1 of 3 | Posted by: John and Sue Lukasik - Holy Cross, IA

“Dear Laurette and family, we send our love and prayers. We remember many happy times and discussions with Buddy. We admired his service to our...Read More ยป
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“Ed knew and admired Vince from John Deere. Please know of our heartfelt sympathy. God bless you all. Ed Deppxk ”
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Vincent J. "Buddy" Steckel, Jr., age 86, of Dubuque, formerly of Balltown, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 7:13 p.m., on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at Eagle Pointe Place, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Buddy's life, private family services were held due to the donation of his body to the University of Iowa for scientific and medical research. Entombment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Vincent was born on August 29, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Vincent John and Irene (Plein) Steckel Sr.

Buddy was born and raised in Dubuque and would eventually join the U.S. Army at the age of 18. He would proudly put in his 20 years while serving in Japan, France, Korea, Germany and his final station, California. Upon his retirement from the military, Buddy would return home to Dubuque, with his beautiful bride of 57 years, Laurette (Scala) in hand. They had been united in marriage since July 29, 1959 and would now thankfully be settling down to establish permanent roots in the picturesque and scenic Sherrill/Balltown area. Buddy would faithfully put in another 17 years at John Deere Dubuque Works before his 2nd and final retirement in 1989. Buddy thoroughly enjoyed the comradery of his fellow veterans and was a proud lifetime member of the 24th Piv Army, and also a loyal and longtime member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. But Buddy had also always possessed a great love for the outdoors and would discover countless moments of complete contentment without complication. Finding simple joys were as easy as an afternoon under the warm sun tending to his garden, a crisp and damp morning of hunting, or even a full day of baiting hooks with his friends from the Bis-Man Reel and Rec Club. In the few spare hours Buddy had left to himself, he would eagerly spend his time creating sawdust and his next project in the workshop, sorting through his latest acquisitions for his stamp and coin collections or even venturing out for a little traveling with his lovely wife, Laure, by his side. Buddy has been called home quite suddenly to spend this Christmas in heaven with his parents and brothers, and we trust that he is now at peace even as our hearts and minds grapple with the unimaginable concept of having to wait to be reunited with our dear husband, brother and friend again.

Those left to cherish Buddy's memory include

his loving wife,
Laurette "Laure" Steckel, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Donna (Dick) Cox, Peoria, IL,
John Steckel,
Diane (Steve) Pins, both of Dubuque
and David (Ann) Steckel, Balltown, IA;

and 2 sisters-in-law,
Claudia Steckel
and Ruby Steckel.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; and 3 brothers, Donald, Richard (Jorie), and Bruce Steckel.

A Vincent J. "Buddy" Steckel Jr. memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Buddy's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of Hospice of Dubuque, especially Betsy, for the kind, compassionate and professional care they have provided to Buddy and his family these past weeks.