Dennis F. Funke, 82, of Dubuque, formerly of East Dubuque, Ill., passed away Friday morning, Nov. 19, 2021 at Unity Point-Finley Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 at the Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd. in Dubuque, with Fr. Phil Gibbs officiating. Burial was held in the East Dubuque Cemetery. The Funeral Mass was lived-streamed on the Miller Funeral Home Group Facebook Page.
Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 at the Miller Funeral Home in East Dubuque, where a parish prayer service was said at 3:30 p.m. Additional visitation was held from 9:15-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Church.
Dennis was born Jan. 9, 1939 in Dyersville, the son of Otto and Emma (Deutmeyer) Funke. He was a graduate of Xavier High School in Dyersville, the class of 1956.
Dennis was united in marriage to Jean Leibfried April 15, 1961 at Immaculate Conception Church, in Kieler, Wis. He was employed for 40 years as a lineman, foreman and then district manager for the former Interstate Power Company, and following retirement he drove truck for Truck Country and Food Liner. He was a member of Resurrection Parish, and a former member of the East Dubuque Volunteer Fire Dept.
Dennis and Jean moved to Dubuque in 1998. He loved puzzles, fishing, redesigning everything, helping family and spoiling his grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife, Jean; four sons, Kevin (Susan) Funke of Bellevue, Brian (Teri) Funke and Steven (Kelly) Funke, both of Peoria, Ill., and Craig (Ana) Funke of Madison, Wis.; 13 grandchildren: Katherine, Jacob (Kyla), Scott (Amy), Claire (Ashwin), Joshua (Jessica), Megan (Matt), Jessica, Sarah, Garrison, Maverick, Patrick, Kelly and Allie; and 11 great-grandchildren. His in-laws, Elaine Funke, Roger Mescher, Gladys McDonald, Robert (Betty) Leibfried, Gary (Linda) Leibfried, Tom (Judy) Leibfried, Mary Jo (Brad) Birkett, Donna Leibfried, Linda (Jim) McCarthy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Emma, an infant son, Scott Robert in 1965, his siblings, LeRoy (Lois) Funke, Robert Funke, David (Jan) Funke, Norma (Bob) Edelman, Vila (Dale) Hoefer, Marilyn Mescher, his father and mother-in-law James (Bertilla) Leibfried, and brother-in-law John Leibfried.
Jean and family wish to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff on 4 Med/Surg at the Unity Point-Finley Hospital, for the wonderful care provided to their husband and father.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.millerfhed.com.