Roger James “Red” Bergfeld Sr. 70, of Dubuque left this world on Friday July 9, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. His battle with serious lung and heart issues showed his strength and courage in facing life challenges head on without complaint. He stayed strong until the end. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am Tuesday July 13, 2021, at Saint Raphael Cathedral with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Iowa Army National Guard and the American Legion Post #6. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm Monday July 12, 2021, at The Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory 2595 Rockdale Road with a parish wake service at 4 pm.
Roger was born on September 26, 1950, in Dubuque the son of James and Clara (Behnke) Bergfeld. He grew up in Epworth and graduated from Western Dubuque High School. Roger married the love of his life Denice McDermott on January 10, 1970, at Saint Raphael Cathedral. He then served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 1970 until Sept. 1971. Upon returning to Dubuque, he worked for several construction companies until starting his 30 year career at Dubuque John Deere Tractor Works. He was a member of the UAW Local #94 and the Harley Owners Group “HOG”.
He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, hunting, and camping, a good drink with good friends, and anything to do with family especially time with his grandchildren and their many activities.
He is survived by his wife Denice, his son Roger James (Victoria Wilcox) Bergfeld, Jr. his daughter Trica (Jim) Brokus, grandchildren Sarah Brokus, Megan Brokus, and Benjamin Bergfeld, his sisters Linda (Steve) Hefel and Rhonda (Randy) Kramer, and brothers James Bergfeld and Terry (Kelly) Bergfeld, along with his aunts, uncles and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Roger John Bergfeld and in laws Michael and Rosemary McDermott.
The family would like to thank the many health care professionals who cared for Roger over the years especially Dr. Mark Janes.
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