Gerald F. “Jerry” Hohensee

Gerald F. “Jerry” Hohensee, age 72, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on August 26, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Gerald’s life, his Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Gerald’s family.


Gerald was born on November 6, 1947 in Winona, Minnesota, a son to Frederick and Ethel Hohensee.  He eventually made his way to the Dubuque area as was a proud graduate of the Bellevue High School.  Shortly after graduation, Gerald joined the U.S. Navy and went to serve beside his fellow Brothers in Arms in Vietnam.  He proudly completed his tour and returned home to begin his career in Plumbing and Heating.  Gerald spent over 44 years in the trade before finally retiring.  In his free-time, Gerald had 2 favorite ways to spend his day.  First, was enjoying a relaxing day boating on the river while taking in all of the serenity and glory of God’s creation as it surrounded him.  And second, was any opportunity for a little socializing and working alongside all of his friends at the Veteran’s Freedom Center.  Gerald always knew that his faithful cat would be waiting for him at home, but every hour he was able to spend helping and serving our communities fellow veterans was time well spent by any measure.  Gerald was a good and decent man through and through and his legacy is just as wonderful as he set out to make it.  We will miss his gentle heart, patient soul, and continually joyful spirit, which generally possessed a perfectly content whistle moving right along within them.  We find peace in knowing that his suffering is now over, but our broken hearts will never truly mend until we finally see our Gerald once again, and thankfully, in a state of eternal perfection.         


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Gerald include,


his 2 sons,

Tracy A. Hohensee, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Travis L. Hohensee, Galena, Illinois;


his grandchildren,

Alan L. (June Kruse) Hohensee, Dubuque, Iowa,

Alley P. (A.J. Prine) Hohensee, Dubuque, Iowa,

Amanda L. Hohensee, Dubuque, Iowa;


his great-grandchildren,

Addaylee J. Hohensee and Landyn J. Kane;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Gerald was preceded in death by his parents.


Gerald’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional, compassionate, and tender care of Gerald, as well as his family.  You truly helped Dad find peace through some very difficult days and we appreciate all that you’ve done!


Online condolences may be shared with Gerald’s family at

To honor Gerald’s life, his Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

4 comments on “Gerald F. “Jerry” Hohensee
  1. Greg Swift says:

    My deepest sympathy to all grieving the loss of Jerry. I worked with Jerry for many years at M.M.C. Mechanical. He was always happy and whistling away. He will be missed. RIP Jerry.

  2. Bill Goettler says:

    Sad to hear of Jerry’s demise. Haven’t seen Jerry in years since high school but have great memories of our time together. Baseball, I pitched and Jerry was my go-to man behind the plate. He’d signal for a change-up pitch and often times the batter was way out in front of the ball. We’d have a good chuckle. Then the trips to Dubuque in that classic Ford car, don’t remember the year, but we always had fun meeting some new girls on those trips. Yes, RIP Jerry.

  3. Candie Minnick says:

    Terry and I are so very sorry of your dads Passing. We are thinking of you and your families loss..

  4. John Lux says:

    I knew Jerry from Dubuque Intergroup years ago. He a kind, friendly, caring fellow who was a positive force in mn many lives. Sad to hear of his passing

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