Frederick E. “Fred” Finzel

Frederick E. “Fred” Finzel, age 56 of Dubuque, Iowa completed his earthly journey on January 8, 2020 at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.  To celebrate Fred’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Fred’s family.


Fred was born on May 21, 1963 in Dubuque, Iowa, a son to Leo F. and Leora J. (Becker) Finzel.  Being born and raised in Dubuque, he quickly learned the value of being a part of a loving and generous family.  After graduating high school, Fred served many years in the Army Reserves and another 2 years in the Navy.  After his service was complete, Fred went on to be a diesel mechanic, but sadly, due to health issues arising, he soon found himself unable to complete his dream.  He did find the ability to work at Farmland Foods for a few years, but eventually his disabilities became inevitably demanding on his daily life.  Thankfully, Fred didn’t allow his challenges to overcome his kind personality and witty sense of humor.  He shared his naturally gifted artistic talents with his family and friends continually.  Creating toy model figurines with his sons was always a favorite way to pass some quality time together, but an opportunity to play video games with them, or even to simply sit and sketch a few pictures freehand was also time together which was meant to be treasured.  Fred was a very intelligent man who faced situations and solved problems head on; never forgetting to thank those who stood beside him along the way.  We will miss Fred and his gentle soul moving forward, but are forever grateful for the 56 years we were able to spend with him.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Fred include,


his 2 sons,

Jerome Finzel, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Tyler Finzel, Bellevue, Iowa;


his siblings,

Rose (Gerald “Jerry”) Baguss, Maquoketa, Iowa,

Harold Finzel, Columbia, Tennessee,

Leo Finzel, Corpus Christi, Texas,

John Finzel, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Lorri (John) Jackson, Dubuque, Iowa;


along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and neighbors.


Fred was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Colleen Vogt.


Fred’s family would like to thank Dr. John Whalen, and the staff at Tri-State Dialysis, for all of their care of Fred. Also, the doctors, nurses and staff at Finley Hospital for all of their professional and compassionate care and support.


Online condolences may be shared with Fred’s family at

To celebrate Fred’s life, a private family service is being held.

2 comments on “Frederick E. “Fred” Finzel
  1. Josh finzel says:

    I’ve never met you but sorry to see you go at such a young age I wish I knew all your health history as I am your first born son and when I got the news you passed I realized I would never get the chance to know who you are and I have accepted that over my life I send my condolences and prayers to your family that I never met love your son Joshua Frederick Finzel

  2. Candace Frommelt says:

    So very sorry to hear this news. You all have my deepest sympathies. Tyler…. I will say a prayer for you and your dad.


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