Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Erschen

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Erschen

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Erschen, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:26 p.m., on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic, Iowa City, Iowa. To celebrate Jeff’s life, private family services were held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at a later date following cremation.

Jeff was born on March 2, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Paul and Phyllis (Miller) Erschen.

Jeff attended grade school at St. Columbkille’s and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1979. Jeff worked at Erschen Saw and Tool alongside his brother, Mike, and later went to work as a machinist with A.Y. McDonald for 27 years. In his free time, Jeff was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, looking for morels in the spring, and especially walleye fishing. He liked to listen to music and was a great fan of Westerns, always reading a book or watching a John Wayne movie. He had a great sense of humor and an uncanny way of always finding the bright side in any situation. Jeff was a family man. He looked forward to everyone getting together, and they often found themselves captivated for hours by his vivid storytelling.  Jeff will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Jeff’s memory include

his children,
Michael Erschen, Minneapolis, MN,
Anthony “Tony” (fiancé Holly Starkey) Erschen, Cascade, IA
and Amy (fiancé Michael Bussan) Erschen, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Tony Erschen, Jack Bussan, Parker Erschen and Sawyer Bussan;

his siblings,
Michael (Denise) Erschen, Dubuque, IA,
Elizabeth (Michael) Seitz, LeClair, IA,
Lisa (Greg) Jepsen, Blanchardville, WI,
Christopher Erschen, Dubuque, IA,
Mark (Mary) Erschen, Dubuque, IA
and Jason (Renee) Erschen, Hazel Green,WI;

and his former wife,
Tammy Jo, Dubuque, IA.

Jeff was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Paul Erschen.

Jeff’s family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa, for their kindness and the outstanding care of Jeff, and for all of the support they have given his family. Also a special thanks to all of our friends and family members who have reached out, your kind thoughts and words mean the world to us.

The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and memorials in Jeff’s memory which may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Jeffrey Erschen Family.

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2 condolences for Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Erschen
  1. Jack and Marilyn Hafeman says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. Jack has SO many fond memories of your family, and especially all the fishing trips with your dad and grandparents. We frequently talk about ALL of them, and that they were all fun loving people. Jeff learned from “the best”. I’m sure he will be missed by many .( Keep telling those family stories, as they will bring you comfort.)
    Hugs to all of you. Prayers!
    Jack & Marilyn Hafeman

  2. Peggy reitz says:

    Steve and I are so sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I smile when I hear that Jeff named his son and grandson after my dad , Tony
    Take care
    Peggy /steve

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