Rocky Lee Tiefel

Rocky Tiefel passed from this life to the next on August 17, 2020, after a hard fought 3-year battle with Lung Cancer.  His family surrounded him. 

To honor Rocky’s life, his memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road in Dubuque, with Pastor Matthew Agee officiating.  Family and friends of Rocky’s may visit for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque.

Rocky was born on March 23, 1948, he was the only son of Dale J and Evelyn A (Schroeder) Tiefel.  He attended St. Columbkille’s and graduated from Wahlert  high school.

After high school, Rocky spent a short time in the Navy Seabees.  In his younger years, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He went any time he had the opportunity. 

Rocky served as an Assistance Scoutmaster for Troop #22. One of his most memorable times was a trip to Phil Mont New Mexico with a group of scouts.  He helped many boys reach their Eagle Scout rank, including his son, Rob. 

Later he enjoyed putzing around his garden and garage.   Feeding and watching the birds also became a real enjoyment to him.

Rocky was a volunteer and worked on the construction of the Dubuque Soccer Complex from its inception until after its opening and he took great pride in knowing that many families would have the opportunity to enjoy the complex in the future. 

He was a carpenter by trade, working 31 years at MercyOne Hospital.  After Mercy, he spent another 10 years at Terrace Heights as a Maintenance Supervisor.  He retired in 2014

Rocky married Bonnie Winders on October 18, 1985, and together they raised four children; Sean, Mark, Rob and Jenny.   Rocky’s family meant everything to him.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and watching his daughter play soccer all of the way through her college years. He was always a guiding hand in their lives.  Watching his children interact with their children proved especially satisfying to him.

His eight grandchildren made him happy and added a special joy to his life.   He delighted in teasing them at any chance he had and loved watching them play sports.  He was especially proud of Kaitlyn as she finished college this year, Lacy and Lauren as they enter their junior years in college, Emily for her spunk, Kobe for all of the help he has provided over the past few months, Tyler for giving him the opportunity to say “Run, Tyler, Run”, and Ashlyn and Alayna for their ability to tease Grandpa as much as he teased them.

Rocky was honored to be known as a Mason.  He was a member of Metropolitan Lodge #49, where he was a Past Master.  Rocky belonged to the Scottish Rite.  He was inducted into the KCCH (Knights Commander Court of Honor).  He was also a member of the Oxus Grotto, where he was a Past Monarch.  He loved his involvement with all of these organizations and was proud of the positive things they did. 

Rocky was proceeded in death by his parents, Dale and Evelyn Tiefel (Dubuque); as well as his in-laws, Bob and Maryan Burdick (New Jersey) .   

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his 4 children & 8 grandchildren, Sean & Cyndi Tiefel (Kaitlyn and Lacey Tiefel) of Colorado, Mark & Michele Tiefel (Lauren, Emily and Tyler Tiefel) of Marion, Rob Winders of Dubuque, and Jenny & Benji Meyer (Kobe, Ashlyn and Alayna Meyer) of Dubuque; his brother-in-law, Bob and Karen Burdick of New Jersey, and many cousins and great friends. 

Our family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Honorio Caceras, Dr. Mark Janes, and Dr. Eric Engleman, as they fought hard for him during his battle.   Also, the nurses and Staff of the Oncology Department of Medical Associates, as well as Hospice of Dubuque for their constant support and compassion during the rough times.  They were always a comfort to both Rocky and his family.

Online condolences may be shared with Rocky’s family at 

Memorial Service

St. Peter Lutheran Church
3200 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
August 20th, 2020 at 11:00 AM


St. Peter Lutheran Church
3200 Asbury Road, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
August 20th, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Linwood Cemetery
2736 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001
August 20th, 2020 at 12:00 PM

10 comments on “Rocky Lee Tiefel
  1. Jodi, Chris and Kharlla Arcega says:

    God bless you Bonnie and family. Rocky was such a great, funny guy. He will be deeply missed. RIP, Rocky, until we meet again.

  2. Wesley Struebing says:

    My sincerest condolences, Bonny and family. Rocky was a good man and true, a well-liked and respected Brother Mason. And most of all, he was my friend.
    Remember him well in your hearts, and he will always be with you.

  3. Gene &Chris Muntz says:

    Bonnie please except our condolences. I have known Rocky since I was a kid and always enjoyed aggravating him as much as he aggravated me. He truly was a good guy. Gene and I will not be able to attend but know our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  4. Chuck Isenhart says:

    Rocky was a great guy. Kept his sense of humor no matter what. He would always call out to you when he saw you. The Dubuque Soccer Complex would not be what it is today without them. Without people like the Tiefels, important stuff in life just doesn’t get done. I am sorry to say: One less voice yelling at this referee.

  5. Janet Neumeister says:

    Rocky was an unforgettable guy. I will always remember our card games. My sympathy to you, Bonnie, and your family.

  6. Mary Jo Mai says:

    Rocky was a fellow that made the world better by being in it. I worked with him at Mercy, but whenever I saw hm we conversed . He loved to tease people and I gave it back. RIP Rocky❤️

  7. Sue Huerter says:

    Bonnie and family, saddened by your loss. Always enjoyed our visits with Rocky, he will be missed, Bill and Sue Huerter.

  8. Jim Powers says:

    I just heard about Rocky, he was quite a guy and will be remembered always.

  9. Gretchen Thompson says:

    Bonnie, I just wanted to extend my deepest sympathies. With Rocky no longer walking the earth, there is an empty hole. At Mercy, he was by my side when I went through some pretty tough stuff. I would seek him out because I trusted his word and his integrity. He never hesitated to question me when he saw me doing things that were not in my best interest. I welcomed his honesty and his caring. We have tried to stay in touch, but I did not find out about his cancer until about a year ago. He promised me we would have coffee before he left, I’ll be talking with him about that later. With Covid, I did not dare try to visit at the house. I am out of town so I will not see you this morning. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Roberta Wolff says:

    Larry and I offer our condolences to the Tiefel Family. We will miss Rocky a lot.

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