Melvin G. "Buddy" Spiegelhalter

May 26, 2018


Melvin Gerald “Buddy” Spiegelhalter, 70, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at home on Saturday, May 26, 2018 surrounded by his family.

A memorial service and visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 31, 2018 at the Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road.

Buddy was born on April 19, 1948, in Dubuque, one of the five children of Melvin and Elizabeth “Betty” (Tuegel) Spiegelhalter. On August 16, 1969 he married Therese “Terri” Boge.

He formerly worked for the Dubuque Packing Co for 11 years where he gained his enviable butchering skills that would serve him well for many years in the restaurant business. He also spent a few years working at 3 in 1 Construction and Security Products of Dubuque. In 1998, he and Terri purchased Buddy’s Clubhouse and have proudly run it ever since.

Buddy was an extremely talented man who could do almost anything and was very meticulous in the way he did it. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Dubuque and the 700 Club for several years. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, playing Euchre and Cribbage, bowling and collecting “Lionel” trains. He was an avid Cubs, Cowboys and Iowa Hawkeye fan and it was rare for him to miss a game. Boating on the Mississippi with his family and friends was a regular weekend activity that he loved. In Sundays past, he could be found racing his Camaro at Earlville with his sons and friends. He had a passion for his Harley Davidson motorcycle and enjoyed riding it whenever he could.

He was the type of man who was a friend to all and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years Terri and two sons, Steven and David (Amy) of Dubuque; his mother Betty Spiegelhalter; siblings Karen (Mike) Reiter, Rick (Shawn) Spiegelhalter, Tom (Shari) Spiegelhalter all of Dubuque; and Mark (Dawn) Spiegelhalter of Littleton, CO and 5 grandchildren Myrah, Clara, Ellie, Alayna and James.

He was preceded in death by his father Melvin A Spiegelhalter and his in-laws Joseph & Clara Boge.

A special thank you to Dr. Eric Engelman, Lauren White and all the staff at Mercy Medical Center/Medical Associates who helped care for Buddy. All your efforts and care were greatly appreciated by Buddy and his family.

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