James R. “Jimmy” Reardon, 81, of Dubuque passed peacefully at home Jan. 6, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Family and friends gathered at St. Patrick’s Parish, Garryowen, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. till the time of Christian Mass at Noon. Rev. Mark Osterhaus presided.
Burial services followed immediately in the Garryowen Cemetery with military honors by the Cascade American Legion Post #528. A live stream of the funeral mass was hled on Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page. Online condolences may be left at www.leonardfuneralhome.com
Jim was born Oct. 28, 1939 in Dubuque, son of Ray and Edith (Kirk) Reardon. He married Mary Patricia (Pat) O’Connell, April 27, 1963 at St. Patrick’s Parish, Garryowen. He proudly served In the United States Navy from 1957 to 1961. Most of Jim’s working career was proudly serving the City of Dubuque; working 31 years at the Dubuque Municipal Airport with the maintenance and fire crew.
Jim was a proud Irishman, who was equally as proud of his beloved family. “Jimmy” had many interests which included a good party, euchre games, early morning walks along Grandview Avenue, Knights of Columbus bowling tournaments trips, boating, NASCAR races, fishing, John Wayne movies, and Jim Beam. Jim was honored to serve the Dubuque’s Knights of Columbus Council 510 as Grand Knight. He also enjoyed working Friday night Fish Fry’s during lent and the K of C booth at Dubuque County fair.
Jim is survived by his wife Mary Patricia (Pat) Reardon; three children: Deb (Mike) Mahoney of Bernard, Linda (Mark) Lowry of Gladbrook and Mike (Monica) Reardon of Morse; four grandsons: Brian Mahoney, and Caleb, Alex and Brody Reardon; brother-in-law, Bob (Diane) O’Connell of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Grace (Marvin) Kurt of Cascade. Jimmy loved being the “fun” uncle and is also survived by nieces and nephews Lee (Willie) Neyens of Otter Creek, Matt (Ashley) Kurt and Laura (Jordan) Reiss of Cascade, and Lisa (Jason) Timmons, Nora (Jeff) Krause, and Christopher O’Connell of Arizona.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Edith Reardon, his in-laws, Jerry and Verna O’Connell, his sister Peggy Neyens-Horch, brothers-in-law, Jay Neyens and Bernie O’Connell; sister-in-law Eileen O’Connell; nephews: Tony O’Connell, Ron Neyens and Ed Neyens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Out Run the Rays and Research for Kids.
The family would like to offer special thanks to niece Laura Reiss for her special care, as well as Dr. Jenny Schope, Dr. Mark Hermann and the Palliative Care team of Tim and Sarah. Also, special thanks to the Hospice team of Paul, Kelli and Jennie and the first responders at Dubuque Firehouse #5.
Pallbearers were Matt Kirk, Laura Reiss, Brian Mahoney, Willie Neyens, Jordan Reiss and Brian Simon.