David A. Rea, 79, of Bernard, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade.

Friends and relatives of Dave called from 1 to 7 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a wake service was held at 12:30 p.m. Friends also called after 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16 at the Funeral Home.

Services for Dave were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore, with the Rev. Douglas Loecke officiating. Mass servers were Corinne Rea and Mallory Rea. Eucharistic Ministers were Jonathan Jordan and Bridget Rea. Lectors were Claire Brown, Chloe Rea and Emily Treptow. Placing of the Pall was done by Gerry Rea, Linda Martin, Mike Rea, Julie Ford, Mary Jo Jordan, Angie Treptow and Tony Rea. Giftbearers were Amanda Treptow, Britney Ford and Maya Jordan. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fillmore.

Honorary Pallbearers were Dave Kearney, Steve Thurn, Matt Schrader, Eldon Jaeger and Mike Connolly.

Casketbearers were Daniel Martin, David Martin, William Martin, Samuel Martin, Calvin Rea, Colin Rea, Riley Ford, Zachary Ford, Thomas Jordan, Ryan Treptow and Spencer Rea.

He was born April 4, 1940 in Bernard, son of Oliver and Florence (McCarthy) Rea. He received his education in the Sacred Heart School in Fillmore and graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque. On June 23, 1962, he was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” Lynch at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade. He farmed and owned and operated David Rea Trucking.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Fillmore, a lifetime member of the Dubuque County Saddle Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus-Council #930. Dave was also a former Prairie Creek Township Trustee, and served on the Aquin School Board, the Sacred Heart Church of Fillmore Parish Board and was a 4-H Leader.

He is survived by his wife, Gerry Rea, of Bernard; six children, Linda (Brian) Martin, of Zwingle, Mike (Bridget) Rea, of Cascade, Julie (Nolan) Ford, of Tipton, Mary Jo (Jonathan) Jordan, of Yorkville, Ill., Angie (Darrin) Treptow, of Dunkerton, Anthony “Tony” (LaKesha) Rea, of Peosta; nineteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Pat (Ruth) Rea, of Bernard; six sisters, Kay McDonnell, of Bernard, Anna Ruth O’Shea, of Overland Park, Kan., Mary George, of Dickeyville, Wis., Nancy (Jim) Oglesby, of Cuba City, Wis., Joyce (Al) Koster, of Asbury and Lois Wubben, of Oregon, Wis.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mary Kay (James) McDonald, of Marion, Helen (Joe) Burlage, of Worthington, Richard (Joyce) Lynch, of Cascade, Elaine (Norman) Jacobson, of Springville, Joe (Jean) Lynch, of Cascade and Lois Lynch, of Bernard; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one grandchild, Jessica Martin; two brothers, James (Valeria) Rea and Michael Rea; a sister, Sr. Lois Ann Rea, OSF; brothers-in-law, Paul McDonnell, Willie George, Ray Wubben, Jim O’Shea and John Lynch; parents-in-law, Gerald and Harriett Lynch.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Shady Rest Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque, especially Jeanette and Jennie, as well as the Rev. Douglas Loecke for all the care and support they gave to Dave.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dubuque in honor of David A. Rea.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com