John J. Caldwell

John J. Caldwell

John J. Caldwell, age 62, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:40 p.m., on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate John’s life, family and friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 8, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Due to COVID-19 concerns all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor John’s life, funeral services will be held immediately following the visitation at 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 8, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, with Deacon John Stierman officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

John was born on October 2, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Kenneth and Kathleen (Metz) Caldwell.

John was a life long resident of Dubuque, who graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1977. He loved to work and always kept busy. He was employed with the cable company and after that went to work with the Diamond Jo Casino in the security department for 16 years, until his early retirement due to health concerns. John also volunteered countless hours with the Dubuque Auxiliary Police Department. He was always available anytime anyone needed extra help. In his spare time, John enjoyed sitting and watching television, as well as playing games with the family. He had a great memory and Trivial Pursuit was his game of choice. John truly loved any time spent with his family, but pizza parties were among some of his favorite activities. He was also a die hard Cubs fan, go Cubbies! We are deeply saddened at John being taken from us after only 62 years, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now free of all of the health challenges he has faced so bravely these past years.

Those left to cherish John’s memory include

his siblings,
Theresa Caldwell,
Mary (Terry) Kaune,
Mark Caldwell,
Barbara Bisping, all of Dubuque, IA
and Margaret (Nelson) NeCollins, Lancaster, WI;

his 3 Godchildren,
Michael, Kenny and Kelsey;

and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by both of his parents.

John’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare for all of the care they have provided to John the last 7 ½ years, they have become a part of the family. His family also appreciates the expert care he received from Finley Hospital from the ER, ICU and 5th Floor Staff. And last, but not least, Tom and Don Leick, for being such wonderful, life long friends to John.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among his favorite charities and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. John Caldwell Family.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
November 8th, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
November 8th, 2020 at 3:00 PM

10 condolences for John J. Caldwell
  1. Tom/Linda Hillebrand says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  2. Paul Koch says:

    So very sad for your loss. From all of us.

  3. Nancy Ginter Jennings says:

    I am so sad to hear about John’s passing. I always loved John and considered him one of my very best friends. I visited him a few times after moving to MN and had just thought about him in the last few days. I hope John is in heaven visiting with family and friends. He was a wonderful guy and came from a great family. I love all of you and pray that memories will carry you through to a less painful time. Nancy Ginter Jennings – Cannon Falls, MN

  4. Laurie L Bartolotta says:

    So sorry for your loss. May the peace and love of Our Lord Jesus Christ surround you and give you strength and comfort at this time. John will always be with you in your heart and memories.

  5. Lynda Jelinek says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I knew John from the Casino and then later when he went for dialysis. We used to talk about the old days at the casino and gossip and laugh. He will be missed.

  6. Patricia Schrodt says:

    Deepest sympathy to John’s family as you each grieve in your own way.

  7. Teresa says:

    So sorry for your loss of your brother.
    I’m keeping your family in my thoughts.

    I’m an old family friend from the Sr. Caroline days-
    Teresa (McDermott) Theisen

  8. Jayson Eichman says:

    I first met John in 1991 when I joined the Dubuque Auxiliary Police. I also worked with John at Per Mar Security, football games @ Senior H.S. & the DBQ. Golf & Country Club annual July 3 fireworks. I always enjoyed working with John as he never complained (too much) & not only helped anyone out when needed but also completed the tasks required of him. Sad to say, a lot of years had passed since I last saw or talked with him & was not aware of his health issues. Whatever they were, I am sure he took them in stride, never complained & appreciated the love & support of his siblings. May his passing be a blessed thing as he is no longer suffering & his helping guard heaven. I will truly miss him & may you all be blessed during these sad times.

  9. Nancy Donahue says:

    To John’s family; John was my schoolmate from i think kindergarten thru 8th at least i always remember him being in my class. He was always respectful and a good kind gentleman. May you find comfort in this time of sorrow. Many Blessings.

  10. Richard & Donna Goedert says:

    My sincere sympathy to your family, John was in our wedding 41 years ago, my husband and John went to Senior High school and were friends. We lost touch with each other over the years. I remember John as a kind gentleman.
    My Thoughts and prayers to your family!

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