Adrian V. Vaske, 71, of Bernard, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation for Adrian will be held from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a prayer service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will continue after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Adrian will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Garryowen, with Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating.

Burial will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore.

Adrian was born Nov. 24, 1948 in Dubuque, son of Victor and Lucille (Koelker) Vaske. He received his education from St. Boniface School and was a member of the first graduating class of Beckman High School in Dyersville. On Sept. 30, 1972, he was united in marriage to Diane Arnold at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley. Together the couple owned and operated Vaske Dairy Farm in rural Bernard. Adrian was a proud farmer and it showed when he won the Dairy Farmer of the year award several times throughout his career. After retiring from farming he went to work for construction companies where he drove dump truck.

Adrian was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He adored his children and grandchildren, and the time that he got to spend with them. He enjoyed dancing, traveling, attending tractor pulls, and playing Dominoes, Euchre and other card games.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Garryowen. Adrian was also a member of the Jackson and Clinton County Dairy Boards. He also belonged to the All-Star Country Dancer, Dominoes and Card Clubs.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Vaske of Bernard; five children, Brian (Jenni) Vaske of Epworth, Tanya (John) Shepherd of Farley, Kristine (Benjamin) Knutson of Saint Paul, Minn., Craig (Paula) Vaske of Springville and Eric (Kim) Vaske of Bernard; 13 grandchildren, Brandon, Drew and Kaitlyn Vaske, Adrianna, Alivia and Abigail Shepherd, Rebekah Knutson, Keegan, Cameron and Dylan Vaske, Alaina, Aiden and Evelyn Vaske; eight siblings, Mary Ann Bries of Urbana, Rosalie (Joe) Wolfe of Hiawatha, Dave (Mary Lou) Vaske of Laramie, Wyo., Arnold (Jane) Vaske of Madison, Wis., Mark (Doris) Vaske of North Liberty, Mike (Xiomara) Vaske of Melburn, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rose Mary Vaske of Sacramento, Cailf., Marcia (Roger) Goldsmith of Dubuque, Wayne (Millie) Arnold of Worthington and Mary Arnold of Luxemburg.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Fred Vaske; two sisters, Ellouise (Bill) Kluesner, Judith (Harold) Meyers and Marge (Lawrence) Willie; and two brothers-in-law, Steve Arnold and Loras Arnold.

The family would like to thank the ICU at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Dr. John Whalen from Dubuque Nephrologists for all the care and compassion they gave to Adrian and family.

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