Dennis James Sharkey Sr.

December 18, 2019


Dennis James Sharkey Sr., 78, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on December 18, 2019 at MercyOne in Dubuque.

Joint visitation for Dennis and his brother Gregory will be on Thursday, December 26th, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a joint service will be held at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Bill Hickson officiating. 

Dennis was born on January 15, 1941 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of Charles and Margaret (Allen) Sharkey.

He married Diane Selle and they had a large family together. Dennis owned and operated Sharkey’s Building, Wrecking, Hauling and Catwork for many years. Dennis also operated a salvage yard. He was not a wasteful man and believed in recycling for our future. He was a hardworking man, who loved all of his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.

Dennis is survived by his children, Christina Sharkey, Julie (Frank) Berwanger, Connie Sharkey, Dennis Sharkey II, Becky Sharkey and Wayne Sharkey, twenty grandchildren, many great grandchildren; his brother Gary Sharkey along with many nieces, nephews and his lifelong friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his former wife Diane; his special friend Rose; his baby boy Jeffrey; a son in infancy; and his brothers Michael, Thomas, Timothy, Charles, George Sr. and Gregory.

The family wishes to thank the MercyOne Medical Center staff for their care and comfort of Dennis and his family.  

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December 26, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003

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