David J. Breitbach

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David J. Breitbach, 60, of McGregor, Iowa, formerly of Dubuque, died Thursday, June 29, at the UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison, as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. 


David was born on Feb. 17, 1957, in Dubuque, the son of Frank and Arlene (Ley) Breitbach. He attended Iowa State University and graduated from the University of Dubuque in 1982. On June 20, 1981, he married the love of his life, Victoria FitzPatrick at Nativity Catholic Church. They recently celebrated 36 years of marriage.


David was employed at a Dubuque based accounting firm until he joined Crossing Rivers Hospital, where he had been, until his death, CFO. For over 22 years, he was active in implementing positive changes within the hospital. His co-workers became family, and he could not have reached his career goals without their support and friendship.


David was very involved in his community. He was currently serving as a Park Board Member for the City of McGregor. One of his favorite projects was creating what is now, Determination Park.


He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in McGregor. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing golf with his friends, being outdoors and riding his motorcycle.


Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Victoria; children, Elizabeth (Gary) Graeser, of Independence, Iowa, David (Holly Lynch) Breitbach, of Dubuque, Christine (Christopher) Wildrick, of Ankeny, Iowa, Frank (Katie Backes) Breitbach, of Dubuque, Taylor (Jasmine “Ali” Goforth) Breitbach, of Clover, S.C., and his “adopted son,” Jeff Lenton, of Dubuque; grandchildren, Gabrielle Breitbach, Samuel and Nicole Graeser, Taylor Lily Breitbach, and Hailey, Paige and Megan Lynch; great-grandchild, Kai Rackers; siblings, Don (Nancy) Breitbach, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Larry (Fran) Breitbach and Carol Riekena, both of Dubuque, Frank “Pedro” (Carol) Breitbach, of Alamogordo, N.M., Richard (Judy) Link, of Farley, Iowa, Sue Link, of Dyersville, Iowa, Charlie Link, of Buena Vista, Iowa, Bob (Mary) Link, of Colesburg, Iowa, Barb Coghlan and Bev (Bob) Hodgson, both of Dyersville, Judy (Dennis) Ellerbach, of Holy Cross; and a brother-in-law, Leroy Jaeger, of Earlville, Iowa; and in-laws John (Kathy) FitzPatrick, of Dubuque, Mary (Lenny) Droessler, of Balltown, Iowa, Lorna (Mike) Duvinski, of Schwenksville, Penn., Kathy (Richard) Hoffmann, of Peosta, Iowa, Jim FitzPatrick, of Dubuque, Frank (Anissa) FitzPatrick of Marion, Robert (Laura) Fitzpatrick, Michael (Angie) FitzPatrick, Thomas (Megan) FitzPatrick and Marty (Rachel) FitzPatrick, all of Dubuque; and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Arlene Breitbach-Link; step-father, Elmer Link; step- brother, Tommy Link; step-sister, Dianne Jaeger; sister-in-law, Joan Breitbach; and brother-in-law, Ron Riekena.


A Memorial Mass was held at 1 p.m., Monday, July 3, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Dubuque. Online condolences may be left at www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com. In lieu of flowers a David Breitbach Memorial Fund has been established. Special thank you to the staff at Crossing Rivers Hospital, Sam and Julia Nelson, and to all of Dave’s many friends.


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