Scott Kieffer, 61, of Dubuque passed away Friday, June 12 at Mercy Medical Center, after a fierce battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Scott was born August 12, 1958, to Gerald and Virginia Kieffer, the second youngest of 8 children. As a child he enjoyed causing trouble with his friends and siblings in the Point area of Dubuque. He attended Hempstead High School before going to masonry school. He worked for the family business as a laborer and bricklayer in the beginning of his career. He married the girl next door, Diane Melssen, on Dec 30, 1977. They loved each other very much and often showed it by flipping the bird at each other, and sharing Sundays on the boat, fishing. They had two daughters, Sarah and Katie. Scott was a devoted father who enjoyed taking Katie to work on Saturdays and teasing Sarah’s high school dates by cleaning his shotgun in cowboy boots and boxer shorts in the kitchen when they came to pick her up. His girls often called him Bob, because after a long day of masonry work he would like to crack a Bud Light or 4 and watch tv till he started to doze off, causing his head to bob and they would say to him “Go to bed, Bob”.
He was a journeyman mason who took tremendous pride in his craft. He enjoyed telling his family about the houses and commercial buildings he worked on when they would pass one while driving around town. Because of his dedication to the craft his co-workers gave him the tongue-in-cheek nickname “The King of Bricklaying”. At home, he built a concrete block garage addition with a patio on top, surrounded by split-face block walls that, fittingly, resembled the walls of a castle. He also built a brick fireplace and bricked the walls and posts in the basement with style and precision that regularly drew compliments and awe from guests. As a bricklayer, Scott loved to joke around with the guys on the job; he was fun to work with… but maybe not as much if you were his laborer. He was always willing to offer advice and work alongside the newer masons, including his son-in-law Jeff who met Sarah at Scott’s 40th birthday party. Always good for a laugh, when they started dating, Scott’s warning to Sarah was, “Whatever happens with you two, I just want you to know, he was my friend first.”
Scott enjoyed hunting morels, especially the time he found “Smurf Village”. He followed NASCAR and was an avid Rusty Wallace fan. He loved fishing and hanging out at the house with the grandkids, attending their sports and spending holidays together. He was especially fond of the summer fishing trips to Minnesota that he and Diane would take with friends, each year. He also loved Bud Light. However, during the great recession, work was slow and to offset this, he switched to the more affordable Natural Light, referring to it as his recession beer. In true dad fashion, he was always willing to lend a hand with any home project and also kept an immaculate lawn.
He is survived by his wife Diane Kieffer, daughter Sarah (Jeff) Hefel, grandchildren Andrew, Chase, Lydia and Annelise Hefel; his daughter Katie Helbing, and grandchildren; Sophia, Mason and Holden Helbing; as well as his siblings; Janelle (Ken) Temperly, Sandi Baker, Jolene (Steven) Humke, Paul Kieffer, Jill Law, Jacqueline (Steven) Kettmann; and former brother in law Elmer Krohn.
Scott was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sharon Kieffer.
In lieu of flowers or a memorial fund, the family asks that friends and loved ones give to the Iowa Donor Network or register as an organ donor.
A celebration of life in Scott’s honor will be held at a future time.
The family would like to thank Dubuque EMS and Mercy One for their kind and dedicated service.
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