Donald J. “Don” Brekke

Donald J. “Don” Brekke

Donald J. “Don” Brekke, age 87, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey on June 24, 2024, at Hawkeye Care Center in Asbury, IA.  To honor Don’s life, a private family service is being held at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Don’s family.


Don was born on October 15, 1936, in Plainview, MN, a son to Charles and Margaret (Krusmark) Brekke.  Don was united in marriage to Patricia “Pat” Meier on December 29, 1956.  Sadly she passed away after 56 years of marriage on November 6, 2013.  Don was a machinist at John Deere Dubuque works for 31 years and retired on February 1, 1992.  He belonged to the UAW Local #94.  Don enjoyed playing cards and taking trips with his friends and belonged to a card club for 45 years with the same group of people.  He always enjoyed going to breakfast at his favorite restaurant with his buddies.  He also had long phone conversations with his daughter, spent time fishing with his grandson, as well as hunting with his son and grandson, and spending time at the casino with his daughter.  


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Don include,

his three children,

Mike (Peg) Brekke, Dubuque, IA,

Deb Duddeck, Dubuque, IA,

and Theresa (Steve) Fultz, Littleton, CO;


his grandchildren,

Angela Perz, St. Joseph, MI,

Melissa (Brad) Hahlen, Farley, IA,

Jeremy Dudeck, Farley, IA,

Chris (Brittany) Duddeck, Farley, IA,

Lauren Fultz, Littleton, CO,

Allison Fultz, Littleton, CO,

Matt Fultz, Littleton, CO;


his great-grandchildren,

Chase Perz, Abigail Hahlen, Paige Hahlen, Molly Hahlen, and Parker Duddeck;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Don was preceded in death by his parents, Margaret Wyss and Charles Brekke; his wife, Patricia “Pat” (Meier) Brekke; and his son-in-law, Tom Duddeck. 


Don’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hawkeye Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care of Don during these last months of his life.


Online condolences may be shared with Don’s family at

To honor Don’s life, a private family service is being held at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque. 

3 comments on “Donald J. “Don” Brekke
  1. Tess Fultz (stomper) says:

    I sure am going to miss you, Dad. Our long conversations about life were always a highlight. Watching the lady Hawkeyes was the best time!! You proudly sporting your Iowa jacket even though I graduated from ISU! I find peace in the fact that you and mom are finally together, joined by many other family and friends. Miss you already. Hope you’ve got a supply of Paul Sebastian up there! Love you.

  2. Paula Coohey says:

    I Love Don. You were the best Godfather ever. I enjoyed all the talks we had and will miss you very much.

  3. Cindy Day says:

    Dear Tessi & family,

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. He loved you a lot.
    You always had a special place in his heart. It was evident in the way he looked at you with a twinkle in his eye. I loved your dad too. He had spirit. Whenever I would come over to your house, your dad would take a real interest and make conversation. He would tell some good stories, smile and laugh. You hit the Dad jackpot, but I think you knew that. I love his photo in the newspaper. That is exactly how I remember him. He used to tell me stories about the fun he and my dad had “joy riding” at John Deere on the scooters. Now my dad will have someone to share a good joke with up in Heaven. Another star added and the place just got brighter. We have a responsibility to follow in their shoes to make Earth a brighter and happier place too. Bless them. We miss them. Bless you.
    Love you always, (588-2649)
    😀 Cindy Day

    P.S. We just took a family vacation to Yellowstone and are planning on going white water rafting n Colorado next June.
    I would love to stop by for a visit. Let me know. Also, Lisa & Laurie Schiers’ dad died too. He was a Donald just like our Dad’s.
    I would like to go visit them as well next year. Lastly, I ran into Leah Davis yesterday at a Celebration of Life party. She told me Jody Reinets organized a Class Reunion last weekend. She posted it on Facebook. I am not on Facebook. Maybe I should be? Leah Davis didn’t go.

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