Joshua J. “Josh” Fee

Joshua J. “Josh” Fee, age 38, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey on February 13, 2024, at home while surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Josh’s life, a private family Celebration of Life is being held at a later date.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Josh’s family.


Josh was born on October 18, 1985, in Dubuque, IA, a son to John N. and Mary Beth (Stockel) Fee.  He was softhearted, thoughtful and had a gentle, kind and loving soul.  His happiest times were spent with his daughters and his four-legged son, Levi, who were the love of his life.  Josh was an auto mechanic by trade and invested countless hours into perfecting his craft, always keeping up with the newest technologies.  He spent many years working with Wheelworks, Riley Subaru, and most recently with Discount Tire.  Josh valued his time away from work as well and found plenty of ways to share his joy with those around him.  He enjoyed sports and being in the outdoors with family and friends.  He was content to watch his Chicago Bears take the field, but truth be known, Josh would rather be playing basketball, baseball, or games his daughters, niece, nephew, and cousins choose and always treasured the opportunity to help coach his daughter’s soccer team.


Josh also made it a priority to take time spending a sunny afternoon walking the nature trails, crawdad hunting and other activities he shared with his daughters at Swiss Valley.  And to top it off, if a little camping, a good campfire and cookout could be fit into the weekend he was beyond satisfied.  Josh was an accomplished cook as well and always looked forward to a new challenge and any unique twist he could add to the recipe to make it his own.  When the day was done and a little spare time remained, Josh would never neglect the chance to grab his video game controller and play with anyone willing to share in the moment.  His kid at heart attitude was visible quite often to anyone who spent time around Josh and the children especially looked forward to hanging out with the coolest grown up anyone could ever hope to meet.  And most would know that Josh absolutely anticipated the Halloween season.  Costumes, pranks, and good fun overall were had with each year’s celebration and Josh only aspired to always take it to the next level from the year before for all to enjoy.  It’s impossible today to even attempt to envision a world moving forward without Josh’s big heart.  We accept that his earthly battles are now over and eternal peace can now be found, but for those of us who knew and loved Josh, we can only hope that time will help to heal the larger than life void which we hold in our hearts today.  Thank you, Josh, for reminding us that life is short and we must attempt to have both moments of seriousness and fun to truly find that perfect balance during the time that we are here.  May the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we all see your radiant smile and hear your sincere laugh once again.      


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Josh include,

his three adored daughters,

Kaylie Mary, Melanie Rebecca, and Lacie Lynn, Dubuque, IA;


their mother,

Ariel Fischer, Dubuque, IA;


his parents,

John and Mary Beth Fee, Dubuque, IA;


his brother and sister-in-law,

Nathan and Ashley (Coyle) Fee, Dubuque, IA;


his niece and nephew,

Maverick Fee and Everley Fee, Dubuque, IA;


his special friend,

Jodie Bradbery, Dubuque, IA;


along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and dear friends.


Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Mary Jane “Becky” (Betke) Fee and William P. “Bill” and Dorothy (Pollock) Stockel.


In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made in Josh’s name to the Operation Empower-Liberty Recovery Center, 2216 White Street, Dubuque, IA, 52001.


Josh’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.  We would also like to thank all of our family and friends along with the staff at the Tri-State Cremation Center for their love and support during this difficult time.  Josh’s love and light was just too big for this world to contain and to discover such an outpouring of love in return has truly brought some much-needed comfort to our broken hearts and we are forever grateful for each and every one of you who have helped and played your roles perfectly along the way.


Online condolences may be shared with Josh’s family at

To honor Josh’s life, a private family Celebration of Life is being held at a later date.

5 comments on “Joshua J. “Josh” Fee
  1. Gail Brimeyer says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, his memories you will cherish forever. May he rest in peace.

  2. Shari and Gary Hayes says:

    Beth, John and Nate, We are so very sorry to hear about Josh. He was always so kind to us. Loved it when he worked for us in high school. Our hearts are breaking for you all. Please know that you are in our prayers. 💔

  3. I am so sorry for your loss and I am sending you and your family my prayers. God bless you 🙏 and your family.

  4. Pat Coyle says:

    Beth and John and Nate and all of his family. I am so sorry for your loss. I saw him at different gatherings with the family. He always seemed to be helping and playing with the kids. He was so caring and such a nice guy. We were lucky to have him in all our lives.

  5. Debbie Devenuta says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great friend to Tony and Alysse Steve.

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