Paul F. “Yogi” Behr

Paul F. “Yogi” Behr

Paul F. “Yogi” Behr, age 75, of Dubuque, passed away at 10:20 a.m., on Monday, January 11, 2021, at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital. To celebrate Paul’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 14, 2021, and from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Due to COVID-19 concerns the number of people inside the building will be limited, all who attend will be required to wear a face covering, and are asked to please maintain social distancing practices. To honor Paul’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, January 15, 2021, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Steven M. Garner officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League and the Striking of the Four Five’s will be accorded by the Dubuque Fire Department.

Paul was born on December 19, 1945, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Cyril and Marie (Reavell) Behr.

Paul was a life long resident of Dubuque who attended Wahlert High School and graduated from Dubuque Senior High School, Class of 1964. After school, he honorably served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps during Viet Nam. When he returned home, Paul went to work for Flexsteel Industries for 1 ½ years before joining the Dubuque Fire Department in 1969. Being a firefighter was his true passion and he would devote 31 years to the department until his retirement in 2001. Paul married the love of his life, Karen Wimer, on September 13, 1969, at St. Mary’s Church in East Dubuque. They were truly blessed with a son, a daughter and 51 wonderful years of marriage. Paul enjoyed staying active as was evidenced by his 60 years of membership with the YMCA. He developed an affinity for lifting weights in grade school and that love continued throughout his life. Everyone who knew him knew that Paul was a staunch Democrat and an avid Chicago Bear and New York Yankees fan. He reserved every Wednesday night for what he deemed “Chicago Night”, watching Chicago Med, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire, keeping his Saturdays open for watching westerns. Paul was a simple man who often proudly stated that he was “lucky to have a great life, marriage and children”. His family was his pride and joy and he always made sure that each and everyone of them knew how important they were to him. We are deeply saddened at the sudden and unexpected loss of such a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, father-in-law and brother in our daily lives. The world was no doubt a better place because Paul was in it, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Paul’s memory include

his wife,
Karen Behr, Dubuque, IA;

his 2 children,
Randy (Courtney) Behr, Africa and Texas
and Tina (Cary) Daubenberger, Dubuque, IA;

his 5 grandchildren,
Ashley Hartig, Cody Hartig, Connor Hartig, Lucas Daubenberger and Jena (Adam) Best;

a great-grandchild,
Lochlan Best;

his sister,
Ann (Nick) Kean, Dubuque, IA;

a niece,
Lindsay (Pat) Seamer, Bettendorf, IA;

a nephew,
Steve (Lauren) Kean, Madison, WI;

4 great-nieces;

his mother-in-law,
Anna Mae Wimer, Dubuque, IA;

and his in-laws,
Darwin Wimer, Henderson, NV,
Joyce (Garry) Lucas, Dubuque, IA,
Darryl Wimer, Dubuque, IA
and Linda (Rodney Clark) Reisdorf, Davenport, IA.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, James Wimer; and 2 sisters-in-law, Sharon Wimer and Marilyn Wimer.

Paul’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Finley ICU for their kindness, compassion and the outstanding care they provided to Paul and their support of his family. We also want to thank our family at Behr’s for all of their support throughout the years.

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


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
January 14th, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
January 15th, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Funeral service

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
1701 Rhomberg Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
January 15th, 2021 at 10:30 AM

20 condolences for Paul F. “Yogi” Behr
  1. William 'Bill' Hammel says:

    Karen, Randy, Tina, so very sorry for your loss. Yogi and I came from the same neighborhood and served on the Dubuque Fire Department 2nd Shift Truck Co. 1. I am deeply sorry to learn of the passing of my friend ‘Yogi’. Also sad that due to my health I will be unable to attend the wake and services. May God Bless and keep you.

    Bill Hammel

  2. Mark McDonald says:

    I was truly shocked and saddened by Paul’s passing..I would run into him here and there and he was always smiling..may the good Lord welcome him with open arms and may he provide comfort and peace to the family in the difficult days ahead.

  3. Tom and Bobi Kutsch says:

    Thank you for a lifetime of friendship! We were blessed and made better people through the good fortune of knowing you. We will love and miss you always❤️God Bless🙏

  4. Sheila Vandermillen (Steil) says:

    Sending big hugs Karen & family. I last saw Yogi at Dad’s funeral(Norm Steil) and had such a great visit at the Lux. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Yogi was one of the “good ones” for sure! Cheers to a life well lived!

  5. Beanie Baumhover says:

    Sorry for your loss. Beanie and Denny Baumhover

  6. RON THEISEN says:


    Sorry about Yogi. What a great guy to talk to always.

  7. Garage Boys says:

    You have all of our condolences from the boys at Mike Reiter’s garage.

  8. Pat Fury says:

    I want to send my sympathy to the Paul Behr family. I was friends with Paul for many decades at the YMCA in the weight room. I always enjoyed his dry wit and sense of humor. May he be with God in heaven until your spirits meet again!

  9. John Burgart says:

    I am sorry to learn of Paul’s death, and send my sincere sympathy to Karen and the rest of Paul’s family.

  10. Mary Jo and Dick Weitz says:

    Karen and family, It was with surprise and sadness to learn of Paul’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing you guys out and about and also talking with Paul at the YMCA. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With sympathy.

  11. Gary Von Ah says:

    My condolences to all family.

  12. Daniel White says:

    Karen & family, sorry that I couldn’t be there, you are in my prayers. Semper Fi!

  13. Dale Baumhover says:

    Karen and family. So sorry for your loss. I’ve known Yogi since Wahlert High School and enjoyed visiting with him whenever we ran into each other. The last time I saw him, and you Karen, was at the Moracco Supper Club (pre-COVID). My sympathies, stay strong.

  14. Darwin J. Wimer, Mesquite NV says:

    Paul “Yogi” was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and most of all a great person. He will be greatly missed by all. RIP.

  15. Tom Ball says:

    Karen, so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed seeing Paul and you when out and about.
    Tom & Grace Ball

  16. Norene Ruden says:

    Karen Behr and family
    Our condolences to you all.
    Dick and Norene Ruden

  17. Kim (Doser) Koster says:

    Sorry for your loss, I have very fond childhood memories of Yogi, he will be missed.

  18. Mike & Michele Malone says:

    Karen and family, We offer our deepest sympathy in your loss of Paul/’Yogi’. He was a genuine friendly person, always stopping to talk with us anytime we crossed paths. We enjoyed his great conversation. Keep sharing your stories to keep his memory alive and we hope for eventual peace with your loss.

  19. joseph j becker says:

    So sorry to hear about Paul’s passing! We just found out about it, and offer our sincere condolences! Joe and “Yogi” go way back to Wahlert, with lots of fond memories.

  20. mike spautz says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Yogi’s passing. Yogi was close friends with my older brother’s Dick & Bob. As a young boy sometimes it felt I had Yogi as a third older brother. He was always so kind & attentive to me growing up and once when he returned home from Okinawa he brought me a satin blue jacket. It had my name embroidered on it and the Marine Corp bulldog. I was so proud to wear that jacket. RIP Yogi and thank you! I will never forget you

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