Leo J. Tillman

Leo J. Tillman

Leo J. Tillman, age 56, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 1:45 a.m., on Monday, May 4, 2020, at MercyOne Dubuque. To celebrate Leo’s life, private family services will be held because of the current gathering restrictions due to COVID-19. A Celebration of Leo’s Life, and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Church at a later time. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Leo was born on April 11, 1964, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John and Elizabeth “Betty” (McPoland) Tillman.

Leo was a lifelong resident of Dubuque, where he graduated from Audubon School and was a member of St. Patrick’s Church. He was very in interested in watching sports, his favorite teams were the Chicago Cubs, the Green Bay Packers, the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Dubuque Thunderbirds, the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and the Dubuque Devils, where he would proudly watch his great-nephew, Isaac, play. Leo was also an avid NASCAR fan and his favorite driver was Jeff Gordon. Leo enjoyed the simple things in life such as a nice long walk outside and getting together with family and friends for outings, especially if Happy Joe’s Pizza was involved. We are deeply saddened to no longer have Leo here with us on this Earth, but take some comfort in knowing that he is now resting peacefully and is reunited with his loved ones called home ahead of him.

Those left to cherish Leo’s memory include

his father,
John Tillman, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Rose (Rick) Pfeiler Follman, Dubuque, IA,
Francis (Maureen) Tillman, Bellevue, IA
and Vincent Tillman, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Tillman; a sister, Nancy Tillman; a brother, Thomas Tillman; his nephew, Timothy Tillman; his maternal grandparents; his paternal grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.

Leo’s family would like to thank Dr. Christopher Stille, and all of the nurses and staff of MercyOne Dubuque, for their outstanding care of Leo. Also a heartfelt thanks to all of staff at ARC, who were really like extended family to Leo, for all of their love and care throughout the years.

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3 condolences for Leo J. Tillman
  1. Thomas Presley says:

    I am so sorry for your loss as a caretaker for Leo since 2015 I cherished having Leo be part of my everyday life he was a truly extraordinary man and will be missed each and everyday

  2. Bill Cullen says:

    Leo was a friend, and I had the pleasure of working with him over the years. I admired his drive and spirit, and I enjoyed his sense of humor and his company. Years ago we made a trip to Chicago for a major league baseball game, and it was a fun time. Leo is now in a place of peace and joy, and I look forward to seeing him again.

  3. Karen Dorshkind says:

    I’m so very sorry to learn all about Leo in his obituary. He sounds like a great guy, and I wish I had known him.
    Proud Board Member, Karen Dorshkind

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