Peter M. “Pete” Breitbach

Peter M. “Pete” Breitbach

Peter M. “Pete” Breitbach, age 40, of Balltown, Iowa, passed away suddenly at 8:31 a.m., on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. To celebrate Pete’s life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, October 19, 2020, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Balltown, Iowa. Due to the COVID-19 concerns all who attend will be required to wear a face covering. To honor Pete’s life, funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with Rev. Noah J. Diehm officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in Balltown, Iowa. Behr Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Pete was born on August 17, 1980, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Mike and Cindy (Conrad) Breitbach.

Pete graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 1999, and earned a degree in environmental science from the University of Dubuque in 2003. He was a man of many hats, working as a bartender at Breitbach’s Country Dining, delivering feed for his uncle at Skip Breitbach Feeds, and operating the family farm. He loved to read; stories and conversation came naturally, and whether it was over coffee in the morning, a drink in the evening, or in the middle of the day, Pete made time to talk to everyone. Everything he did was at his own pace.

Pete was a generous man, known for his kindness and willingness to always help anyone, while refusing anything in return. Pete loved being outdoors, whether it was hunting, cutting wood, gardening, or at his favorite fishing hole. He enjoyed brewing wine and beer, making maple syrup, playing pool, a good card game, and treasure hunting at sales. Family and community were always of utmost importance in his life; he especially enjoyed being Uncle Pete to his many nieces and nephews. It is fitting that he was heading out fishing when the Lord called him home.

To all those who loved him and shared time with him in life:

“Thanks boss.”

Those left to cherish Pete’s memory include

his parents,
Mike and Cindy Breitbach, Balltown, IA;

his 6 siblings,
Betsy (Seth) Septer, Colorado Springs, CO,
Matt (Lisa) Breitbach, Cascade, IA,
Ben (Liz) Breitbach, North Buena Vista, IA,
Tony (Kelli) Breitbach, Dubuque, IA,
Anne (Andy) Wilwert, Balltown, IA
and Mikey (fiancé Allison Schmitt) Breitbach, Balltown, IA;

and his 15 beloved nieces and nephews (and counting),
Elsie, Claire, Sadie, Edaline, Annaliese, Katherine, Laurel, Margaret, Alma, Madelyn, Isabelle, Sophie, Daniel, Amelia and Thomas.

Pete was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bill and Ruth Breitbach; and his maternal grandparents, LaVerne and Louise Conrad.

The family would like to thank Dale and Sarah Jecklin, for being such wonderful friends and being by his side on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials will be donated to the Balltown Safari Club and may be mailed to Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001, Attn. Peter Breitbach Family.

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St. Francis of Assisi Church
468 Balltown Rd., Sherrill, IA 52073
October 19th, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM


St. Francis of Assisi Church
468 Balltown Rd., Sherrill, IA 52073
October 20th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

48 condolences for Peter M. “Pete” Breitbach
  1. Maxi Bebber says:

    My deepest sympathy to each and everyone of you, Breitbach’s and Conrad’s.
    Pete will truly be missed and sure left us with wonderful memories.
    He truly was a gentle giant, that never had an enemy, but many, many friends.
    God bless each of you. (((hugs)))

  2. Paula Breitbach says:

    RIP {Boss} Pete!!! So so sorry ~ Mike, Cindy & Family. 💔💔💔

  3. Bruce and Caroline Bush says:

    Mike,Cindy,and family. We can’t express how terribly sorry we were to hear of your loss. Sending hugs and prayers to everyone. Rest in peace, Peter. Sincerely, Bruce and Caroline Bush.

  4. GEORGE DUSTER says:

    Sorry to hear of Pete’s sudden passing. I enjoyed great conversations with Pete when I was in Balltown. He will be greatly missed by the community who had a lot of respect from the community.

  5. Joseph A Hesler says:

    We lost one of the “Good Guys” RIP Boss.

  6. Nancy Weiss says:

    So sorry fir the loss of my friend. I will miss you playing cards, howling with the coyotes, enjoying a cold one. Rest in peace and know you are loved by many.

  7. Dennis & Kathy Soppe says:

    Our Deepest Condolences

  8. Dianne & Terry Callahan says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Mike, Cindy and all of Pete’s family. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him and his good nature! RIP Peter 🙏🙏❤️❤️

  9. Donna and Chuck Juergens says:

    Our sympathy to the Breitbach family. Prayers for your family.

  10. Rick and Marly Schilling says:

    Our sympathy to the Breitbach family.

  11. David Stumpner says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Breitbach family, friends and our Balltown community. Although we did not get see Pete often, we consider him a great friend. Pete was always willing to help anyone out. Pete, you will be missed.

    The Stumpner family.

  12. John & Jean Ann Bonk says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your son, our deepest sympathy to you all! Hugs!! John & Jean Ann (Hefel)Bonk

  13. Jeff & Barbie Miller says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

  14. Connie Lee Plower says:

    Mike and Cindy, I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our prayers and condolences go out to you. This year will be in your memory forever (COVID-19, Derecho, now this). 2020 has been a tough year, hang in there my friend.

  15. Paul and Bonnie Theisen says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Breitbach family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. God bless.
    Paul and Bonnie Theisen. (St. Donatus friends)

  16. Steven Krapfl says:

    Condolences are the hardest thing to write. Pete was a great man and will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the Breitbach family from the Krapfl family.

  17. John & Patty Hammel says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  18. Mary Ann Sweeney says:

    My deepest sympathy to your family. Our thoughts & prayers will be with all of your family.

  19. Nancy LaSoya says:

    Mike and Cindy, Carey and I want to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to you all. Pete was one of the greatest souls we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Hearing his hunting stories, mixing a cocktail, loading our truck up with supplies, and just him passing in his van and with a nod and a wave……he will be sorely missed. Thanks for the fond memories, Pete. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  20. Matt Stammeyer says:

    Mike, Cindy and Family; We send you all of our love and support. We are thinking of you and wishing you God’s peace. Pete, we wish you God’s speed to a better world. Respectfully the Stammeyer Family

  21. Joyce and Bill Stoffel says:

    Dear Breitbach family……It was with great shock and sadness that Bill and I learned of Pete’s passing……Pete is definitely off to a different hunting ground than anyone would have ever expected……God Bless his journey and hopefully he will find the best hunting places ever. Know that you are definitely in our hearts and thoughts….hard to get it off of one’s mind….Bill is in Colorado right now visiting our son and grandson….Bless all of all you in this deep time of sorrow….Joyce and Bill Stoffel

  22. David & Bonnie Coyle says:

    Mike, Cindy and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of your son/brother,Pete. Prayers and hugs for your family.

  23. Tim and Nancy Butler says:

    We want to extend our deepest condolences to all of the Breitbach family, paticularly, Mary Beth, in the sudden death of Pete. We can’t begin to understand the loss you must all feel.

  24. Randy and Nikki Sigwarth says:

    Our hearts go out to you after this sudden loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  25. Leah McCool says:

    You have my deepest sympathy and my prayers during this sad time. You all have great memories of Pete, please take the time to share and lean on one another.

  26. Charles Paisley says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the Breitbachs n Family

  27. Paul Daubner says:

    Mike, Cindy and family you have my deepest sympathy and prayers during this difficult time. I cherish and am grateful for all my memories of Pete.

  28. TODD and Jessica Davis and family says:

    Sorry for your loss of Pete he was such a great guy and we will miss all his fishing and hunting stories.

  29. Sharon Adams says:

    My sincere sympathy to all of Pete’s siblings and family especially Mike and Cindy. So many lovely comments by folks that knew him.

  30. Ron & Dorie Schueller says:

    Mike & Cindy
    So very sad to hear of your loss!
    May your fond memories help you through this difficult time!
    Such a beautiful picture of Peter
    and all the wonderful comments
    of his character!
    With our deepest sympathy;
    Ron and Dorie (Hefel) Schueller

  31. David and Debra Jaeger says:

    Mike, Cindy and family
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family

  32. Bruce Habel & Jill Heitzman says:

    Mike, Cindy and family,
    Our deepest condolences on the sudden, unexpected passing of Pete! We miss him already and will miss seeing him behind the bar! May he rest in eternal peace.

  33. Phil & Evie Kennedy says:

    Extending our deepest sympathy to Mike, Cindy, and family.

  34. Bill and Linda Daubner says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are so sad to hear of your loss. A long distance virtual hug to all.

  35. Meg Larsen says:

    Sending love to your family during this difficult time and praying for you all in the days ahead.

  36. Earl J Alexander Jr says:

    Mike and Cindy my deepest deepest condolences to you and your family. Your friend Earl Alexander

  37. Dianne Jaeger, Jerry & Donna Welter says:

    Our sympathy to the Breitbach family.

  38. Mike and Ann Ferris says:

    Mike, Cindy, and family

    We were shocked and saddened when we heard the news about Pete. You have our deepest sympathy.

    Mike and Ann Ferris

  39. JOe and Lisa Faley says:

    Hugs to you Mike and Cindy…so sorry to hear about Pete. Such a good human being!

  40. Fr. Paul Otting says:

    Prayers for Pete, Mike and Cindy and family in his honor.

  41. Phyllis and Ron Elsbernd says:

    Mike, Cindy and Family: Our deepest sympathy to all on the sudden death of Peter. We so enjoyed his bubbly sense of humor and that “Yes Boss”, his signature saying.Prayers to all during this difficult time. Ron, Phyllis, and family and the Bluff Country Cruisers Car Club. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day unseen and unheard, but always near,still loved and missed.”

  42. Ted Tenney and Family says:

    I was so sorry to hear the news about dear Pete. He was a strong oak of a man, with a smile and kindness to offer to everyone he spoke with. You could tell he loved his life and those around him. It seems that God takes the most precious home early. I will miss seeing him in Skip’s store. God Bless the Breitbach family during this time and know that the Tenney family will be praying for you.

  43. joseph richman says:

    My condolences Mike and Cindy

  44. Dick and Joyce Smith says:

    Mike, Cindy, Betsy, Matt, Ben, Tony, Anne, Mikey
    We can’t ease your pain. We have fond memories of Pete. You have tons of great memories. Those memories will never fade. They will ease your pain. The last thing he said to us was, “Thanks Boss”. You guys are important to us.

  45. Carol Voelker says:

    It was with great sorrow that Jim and I read of Pete’s death. There are no words that will ease your sorrow of losing your son.
    Please know we pray that you are granted strength during this most difficult time.
    Sincerely, Dr. James and Carol Voelker

  46. Frank and Geri Kintzle says:

    Our hearts were heavy and sadden when we heard that the good Lord took Peter to his new home. We will so miss his friendly face,smile and the many great conversations. In Peter’s own way he was a gift to us, we are so grateful to have known him and he will live forever in our hearts and memories. There was and is only one Peter whom we grown to love and enjoy. May the good Lord look over him and provide the strength to Mike, Cindy and their family. Our prayers and Blessings to all, May he now RIP.

  47. David and Pam Kircher says:

    Mike, Cindy and families,
    We are thinking of you! Our prayers, hearts and love are with you. Many loving memories help to bring comfort and healing. God and faith is our rock and refuge.
    Blessings and Prayers.
    David and Pam Kircher

  48. Dale Klein says:

    Mike and Cindy & Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. My heart breaks for your entire Family, Balltown & the surrounding community that Pete made such an impact on. Pete was one of my favorite people to talk to each time I was back in Balltown.

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