Red Sabers

Red Sabers

Friday, May 1st, 2020
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Red (Edwin) Sabers age 99, left this world on May 1, surrounded by his loving family at Ennoble Manor, Dubuque, Iowa. A Rite of Christian Burial will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded. Due to state and local guidelines regarding COVID-19, there will be no public services. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory is entrusted with arrangements.
Red was born October 10, 1920 in New Vienna, to Anton and Adelheid (Lies) Sabers. He graduated from Holy Ghost Elementary School and Loras Academy. Red married Rosie Stieber on October 11, 1941 at Holy Ghost Church and they were married for 51 great years. Red and Rosie had their son Ron, and soon after Red joined the U.S. Navy to fight in World War II.
Red was assigned to the “USS LIPAN”, a small 70 ft. tugboat. He traveled to the far east on the Lipan to fight the Japanese, and encountered a “kamikaze pilot” which was seconds away from destroying Red’s vessel and killing everyone on board when a fellow sailor shot the plane out of the air just before impact. Red’s log said the top speed of the vessel was 7 miles per hour and there journey to Japan and back to the United States was over 19, 000 miles. What a price Red and his generation of fellow veterans paid for all the freedoms we enjoy today!
Red was an exceptional athlete, participating in boxing, speed skating, golf, football, and fast pitch softball, and is in the softball Hall of Fame. He was a renowned boxer and had numerous amateur victories, including being a Golden Gloves champion. Perhaps his biggest victory was when he was chosen to represent the United States as a welterweight (145 lbs) and fight the best fighters from Ireland. The fight was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in front of over 35, 000 fans, and again Red was victorious.
He loved his family and for many years worked full time during the day and part time at Dubuque Packing Company at night to provide a great life for his Rosie and their 7 children.
Red worked at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. and at Zephyr Aluminum Products for most of his adult life. He loved the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Notre Dame football! He also really enjoyed the American Legion and the many euchre games he played there over the years.
Surviving are his children, Renee (Bob Duehr) Edminster, Rochelle (Pat) Fury, Roma (Dennis) Elgin, Rick (Jan) Sabers; and daughters in law, Elaine, Vernae, and Kris; and son in law, Rick Gooden; grandchildren, Stephanie, Shanna, Jenny, Tawni, Paul, Mark, Angie, Marie, Jade, Alison, Andrew, Caitlin, Troy, Keisha, Kelsey, and Austin.
Red was preceded in death by his wife, Rosie; his parents; two sons, Ron and Ramon; daughter Roxanne Goodin; and brothers Don and Jim (both WWII veterans).
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Sunset Park and Ennoble Manor for their care and support.
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Kristine Smith

Posted at 05:22pm
Remember all the fun, music, and dancing at the Legion, loved talking to Red about his tomatoes, and looked forward to them every year, loved his teasing and funny wit, love to the family

Jerry Trimble

Posted at 02:08pm
Our hearts go out to the whole Sabers gang, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I always loved the "verbal sparring" we would engage in, he could take it as well as give it!

dennis healy

Posted at 03:00pm
So many great memories from our Y days with Red. His home grown tomatoes,that great sense of humor,he loved being around people.Red truly was a tough guy who feared nothing.To Reds family what a great tribute to a great man.

Denny Healy



Posted at 12:20pm
I'm sorry to hear about Red's passing. I always remember that Red was tough. I used to kid around with him when I'd see him at the Y back in my college weightlifting days. He always would tell me that he could "take me", and even though I disputed it with him, I'm glad that he never called me to the ring on that because I'm pretty sure he would have. He lived a great life. I will continue to pray for Red's and Rosie's souls in my regular Divine Mercy Chaplet prayers. May God Bless you all.

Mary Schumacher

Posted at 10:42am
Renee and Saber's family , Jack and I send our deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad. Your mother,Rosie and my mother (Marge Kluck) went to I.C. together and remained friends their entire lives. They would play cards and I remember being at your home on West 5th and your Dad would make us laugh! May he rest in peace. Mary and Jack Schumacher

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