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John H. Austin

September 23, 2017

The Piano Brothers

John H. Austin, 56, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on September 23, 2017 at home surrounded by his family after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Dubuque Shooting Society, 10380 Route 52 North, Dubuque, Iowa 52001 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6th, 2017.  Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

John was born on May 28th, 1961 in Chicago, IL to Lorraine Margaret (Stepek) Austin. He graduated high school in 1979 and on October 11, 1980 he married Chris Kressin in Madison, WI.

He worked in the Dubuque area as a carpenter for 30 years, 25 of those years being with McNamer Construction.

John loved to golf and could be found most weekends at Timberline in Peosta with his friends.  He was even golfing just a few weeks ago.  John also loved to cook and created amazing meals for his family every day, mainly because John joked many times that his wife was a danger to herself and others while she was in the kitchen.  He also loved to bake cakes, always with sprinkles on top.  At home he was known for completing anyone’s unfinished Pinterest projects.  He would argue every evening with the nightly news and often said that Lifetime movies should be on Comedy Central because they were a joke.  He was an avid Saints fan, or a fan of any team playing against his family or friends’ favorite teams.

He touched the lives of many people.  He was an amazing man, loving husband, father, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife Chris; three daughters Michele Austin of East Dubuque, IL, Andrea Austin, of Dubuque, and Lauren Austin of Oshkosh, WI. His sister Lee Mares, of Racine WI; brothers, Bill (Lynnell) Austin, of Lake Mills, WI, Shawn Austin of Lake Mills, WI, and Jim Austin, of Wisconsin Dells, WI. His mother and father-in-law, Sally and Richard Kressin; brothers and sisters-in-law, Peggy (Todd Overdahl) Kressin, Patti Kressin all of Lake Mills, WI, and Mike Kressin of Oregon, WI.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine “Peggy” Austin, his grandmother Lorraine Margaret Stepek, grandfather Lester John Stepek Sr., and his uncle Lester John Stepek, Jr.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful and compassionate staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the care and kindness they provided. Also, a huge thank you to all of our family and friends for the love, support and friendship they have shown to John and his family. 


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