William J. “Bill” Gerber

William J. “Bill” Gerber, age 52, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey suddenly on January 29, 2024, at home.  To honor Bill’s life, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, February 3, 2024, in the Mt. Carmel Bluffs Terrace Community Room, 1040 Carmel Drive, with Pastor Matt Phelps officiating.  Family and friends are invited to remain after the service for food and fellowship from 12:00–2:00 p.m.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Bill’s family.


Bill was born on February 19, 1971, in Dubuque, IA, a son to William M. and Rachel A. (Smith) Gerber.  He was created with a kind heart, a wonderful sense of humor, and a personality that shined brightly within every interaction with others that presented itself.  Bill was a graduate of the Wahlert Class of ’89, and went on to share his time and talents with Eagle Point Software, Cartegraph Systems, Medline, and most recently offered a welcoming smile to every visitor in the valet line at Q Casino.  In his free-time, Bill enjoyed watching sports, especially Basketball, and in his desire to keep his storytelling skills polished, made regular phone calls to his mother to remind her that he loved her very much.  It’s beyond difficult to watch those we love battle daily with addiction and mental issues while understanding that we can only pray that those burdens will one day be lifted from their lives.  Bill was a compassionate man when it came to others pain, but continually had to turn and face his own time and time again.  Our hearts break at the mere thought of all of the crosses Bill has continually carried throughout his life and the only peace we can possibly seek today is from the faith and knowledge that those are forever absent from the rest of his eternal existence now.  May the Lord comfort Bill while simultaneously bringing peace into the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved him as well.  Thank you, Bill, for courageously walking the crooked path laid before you and faithfully reminding us that when we truly understand and embrace what is precious in this life will we ever hope to find meaning.  May the Lord bless and keep you until we all meet again.        


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Bill include,

his mother,

Rachel Gerber, Dubuque, IA;


his brother,

Mark (Andrea) Gerber, Apple Valley, MN;


his three nephews,

Keyan, Kaleb, and Kalvin Gerber, Apple Valley, MN;


his aunt and Godmommy,

Charlotte (Jim) McCoy, Peosta, IA;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Gerber.


In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made in Bill’s name to the Operation Empower-Liberty Recovery Center, 2216 White Street, Dubuque, IA, 52001, or the Crescent Community Health Center, 1690 Elm Street, Dubuque, IA, 52001.


Bill’s family would like to express a heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of their family and friends who have so generously provided their much-needed love and support during this difficult time.  Your kindness means more than you know and may the Lord bless each and every one of you for caring when it’s needed most.


Online condolences may be shared with Bill’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


Mt. Carmel Bluffs Terrace Community Room
1040 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, 52003
February 3rd, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Memorial Service

Mt. Carmel Bluffs Terrace Community Room
1040 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa, 52003
February 3rd, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

12 comments on “William J. “Bill” Gerber
  1. Joan McAleece Chavez says:

    Please accept my condolences. I am praying for the repose of his Soul and for of you left behind.
    God Bless all of you.

  2. Sue (Manning) Krug says:

    I am so incredibly sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a wonderful and passionate man, and I was lucky enough to work with Bill at Medline years after calling him and Mark my friend at Wahlert. My whole heart is with you and your family at this time. I pray that you begin to heal knowing Bill is at peace now and with the Lord.

  3. Angela j Petsche says:

    I am so sad very sad to hear of Bill’s passing away. I met Bill at Crescent Community Health Center to help with insurance needs and formed a friendship that has lasted many years. My open door meant walk in and see me- chat, read his mail with him and figure out life. Every phone call and in-person meeting he always said- thank you for what you do- I really appreciate it. And I would say – thanks Bill for being a part of MY life. When his father died, we at Crescent were there for the family. Bill and Rachel gave us great hugs- family ones.
    I will miss our chats, opening mail together, laughing and ideas for his future. Miss you and I hope you look down on us with your smile.

  4. Amy Osten says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May God hold you close during this difficult journey.

  5. Jay Malek says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family at this time.

  6. Margie and Wally Krawczuk says:

    Deepest sympathy, Rachel and family, on the passing of Bill into eternal peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  7. Gary Reid says:

    My sincere thoughts are extended to the Gerber family. I was a friend of Bill, connected through the Recreation Department. May both he and his dad rest in peace.

  8. Barb Varley says:

    I am so sorry Rachel, on the death of your son Bill.
    My sympathy to you and your family.

  9. Cindy Kohlmann says:

    Rachel and family – So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I was glad I had a chance to know him and to work with him.

  10. Steve Moes says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  11. Jayne Weier says:

    My sincerest sympathies. Bill was a kind and caring person. The world lost a beautiful soul.

  12. Jan Imhof says:

    I’ve always enjoyed the Gerber family, especially the humor of Bill Sr, the love among all of you, and watching the boys interact with mine. Sincerest condolences in your grieving and God Bless You.

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