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Vincent G. Remakel

March 11, 2018

Vincent G. "Vince" Remakel, 80, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on March 11th, 2018 at home.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Rosonke officiating. Burial will follow in Sherrill United Methodist Cemetery with military honors by the Dubuque Marine Corps League. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road.

Vince was born on October 13, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Michael and Adella (Zimmer) Remakel. He married Phyllis Hammerand on December 2, 1961 at the Church of the Nativity.

He was a loving and caring man who always loved a project.  He selflessly helped his children and neighbors with their homes and their cars, oftentimes without even being asked.  Vince was a blood donor for over 40 years. 

Vince was a proud Engineman E7 Chief Petty Officer in the United States Naval Reserves and served for 32 years.

He worked for the American Red Cross Blood Bank of Dubuque for 20 years. Prior to the Red Cross he worked for Dubuque John Deere and the City of Dubuque at the Water Plant. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Dubuque Land Lords Association.

Vince is survived by his wife Phyllis; six daughters, Becky (Joe) Richardson, Penny (Joe) Bughman, Kathy (Richard) Buhman, Kelly (fiancé, Kenneth Olsen) Kirkpatrick, Debby (Rusty) Behnke, and Laura (Gary) Michael. Twelve grandchildren, Joe Jr., Amanda, Tim, Erin, Abbey, Kailey, Zachary, Hunter, Turner, Ryan, Matt and Brianna. Two sisters, Maryann Miller, of Omaha and Suzanne (Lance) Hurst, of Sun City, AZ; one brother Thomas (Rosemary) Remakel, of Dubuque. Sister-in-law Joan Remakel, of Dubuque and brother-in-law Bill Lawler, of Peosta; Brothers-in-law Virgil (Luella) Hammerand; Prosper Hammerand of Sherrill; and sister-in-law Delight (Delbert) Brimeyer of Dubuque; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Robert and Ronald Remakel; a sister Patricia Lawler; brother-in-law Wayne Miller and a sister-in-law, Karen Hammerand.

Memorials may be given to the American Red Cross.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mark Herman and staff, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all their wonderful care they gave to Vince. The family also wishes to thank daughter Becky Richardson and granddaughter Kailey Buhman who are nurses and cared for Vince in his final days.

Someone once told Vince… “There is a special place in Heaven for a man who lived with seven women!”  We couldn’t agree more!

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