Joseph Nehl

Joseph J Nehl

Wednesday, January 4th, 1933 - Saturday, July 25th, 2020
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Joseph J. Nehl “Joe”, 87, of Dubuque, IA passed away on Saturday July 25th at Unity Point Health Finley Hospital with Connie, his loving wife by his side.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, August 7th at 10:30am at the Church of the Resurrection, officiated by Rev. Phillip Gibbs, with a gathering at the church social space at 9:30am. Mass will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook Page. The interment service will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Monticello on Sat., Aug 8th at 11:00am with Rev. Paul Baldwin officiating. Military honors will be accorded.

Due to COVID-19 related concerns, the family asks everyone to wear a mask at all services and practice social distancing. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.

Ninth of 10 children, Joe was born on January 4th, 1933 to Charles and Rose (Gilbert) Nehl in Fillmore, IA. After graduation from Sacred Heart High School in Monticello, Joe moved to Dubuque and enrolled in Loras College for one year. Later the army drafted him where he served two years in Korea. After discharge, he enrolled as a heavy equipment technician at Baily Technical School in St. Louis, MO, beginning a career and life-long passion in heavy equipment.

Joe worked for many companies throughout his career including: Franklin G. Hough Co., International Harvester, Herman M. Brown Co., Dressta, and Komatsu. His job took him all over the country, as well as to Poland and the Dominican Republic. Joe loved solving the most challenging problems to keep the machines moving for his customers.

In 1962, he married Connie Pacquer at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island, IL. They were blessed with two sons, Michael and Marcus while living in Columbus, OH. During their years together, Joe and Connie lived in Ohio and many Iowa and Illinois cities, each time establishing new friendships.

In 2005, they moved to Dubuque, IA, working at home for Komatsu North America, then retiring for the third and final time in 2007. The move to Dubuque brought him back home to where he started his early adult years to be closer to his siblings and cousins.

After retiring, Joe found his second calling as a community volunteer. For eleven years, 5 days/week, he delivered for Meals on Wheels. For ten years he was a regular DU Ride driver. Joe was also an avid reader and computer user. He really “knew how to move that mouse around.” He devoted countless hours creating original greeting cards for family and friends.

He was a fan of the Iowa State Cyclones, the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Chicago Bulls, Bears, and Cubbies. He loved reading the comics every day, loved to joke around, and often shared his great sense of humor, especially singing silly songs with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Connie of 57 years. His son, Michael of Carnation, WA (friend Laurel Nehl) and Marcus and life partner Theresa Elmore from Northglenn, CO, Grandson, Grant from Northglenn, CO, and Granddaughter McKenna Nehl from Greeley, CO; Brother-in-Law David (Arlene) Pacquer of Kewanee, IL., Brother-in-Law Greg Pacquer (Mike Johnson) of San Francisco, CA and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister Gerry (Paul) William, Vernon Nehl, Wally (Rose) Nehl, John (Janet) Nehl, Rita (Willis) Doden, Isabel (Joe) Lahr, Gib (Wanita) Nehl, Joan (Jack) Bockenstedt, and Gene (Angie) Nehl; mother-in-law Florence (Fred) Pacquer and sister-in-law Joan Pacquer.

The family thanks Dr. Powers and Dr. Ellis from Unity Point Hospital and the devoted nurses who cared for Joe. Our hearts go out to them.

Connie thanks Joe for taking her on a wonderful journey of love for 57 years, filled with happy times and memories. Along the way, they met such wonderful people. We know Joe is delivering meals to his family and friends in heaven.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joe’s name can be sent to Resurrection Parish, DU Ride, or Veterans at the Freedom Center in Dubuque
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Friday, August 7th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Resurrection Catholic Church
    4300 Asbury Rd.
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  • Service

    Friday, August 7th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Friday, August 7th, 2020 10:30am
    Resurrection Catholic Church
    4300 Asbury Rd.
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  • Interment

    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Monticello, Iowa
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judy robbert

Posted at 10:20am
I was the young secretary hired to work in the new engineering building in Libertyville, IL when I met all the engineers. Some men memorable for their attitudes, others for various reasons. Mr. Nehl was such a polite, friendly man, my first thought was this man is such a nice person. He maintained his attitude, used my secretarial services to type various papers and was always one of the nicest people I worked with. He took time to tell a joke or just share hey - nice weather! The world is a bit dimmer with his passing. My sincere sympathy to his family, and hope you have many wonderful memories of his life with you. Judy Robbert

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