In Memory of Retired Firefighter Marc Lahey
By Chief Thomas Berger
May 24, 2020

The Epworth Fire Department would like to express their condolences to the family of Marc Lahey. The "Mink" served the Epworth Community for 22 years and helped numerous families and people during those years. Always a man of few words, but when Marc talked, we listened and as younger firefighters - we learned. May he rest in peace.

Marc J. “Mink” Lahey, 95, of Epworth, IA, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa. While his family is sad, the pesky gophers of Dubuque County are breathing a sigh of relief

Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now, a traditional funeral mass will not be held at this time. A private family visitation will be held for Marc on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Public burial with social distancing etiquette in place will be held at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Epworth, IA. Friends and Family may send memorials to the Reiff Funeral Home Attention: Marc Lahey Family, P.O. Box 99 Farley, IA, 52046.

Marc was born on January 10, 1925 in Graf, Iowa, son of Richard R. and Sophie C. (Breitbach) Lahey. He received his education from St. Clements High School in Bankston, Iowa. He was a Veteran having served in the United States Army Air Corp. during World War II and the United States Air Force during the Korean War. On June 10, 1950, he was united in marriage to Theresa Steffens, at St. Clements Catholic Church in Bankston, IA. She preceded him in death on April 20, 1995.

Marc worked at John Deere Dubuque Works until he retired in 1985. During his 35 years of retirement he spent countless hours walking the trails, enjoying nature and serving as a community predator control specialist.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Epworth, Iowa. Marc was also a member of the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650 and a retired member of the Epworth Fire Department.

He is survived by five children, Linda (Bill) Wolf, Richard (Kathy) Lahey both of Epworth, IA, Becky (Dan) Phillips of Peosta, IA, Kay (Jim) Brimeyer of Holy Cross, IA, and Dennis Lahey of Epworth, IA; 11 grandchildren, Russell Wolf, Emily (Eric) Huff, Dan (Sara) Lahey, Jen (Chris) Beitzel, Chris (Ella) Lahey, Jolyn (Ryan) Kennedy, Brian (Sara) Phillips, Mark (Autumn) Philips, Jill (Jon) Paisley, Tony (Holly) Brimeyer and Molly Brimeyer; 20 great grandchildren; one sister, Lois; sister-in-law, Babe Lahey of Sherrill, IA; and many nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his parents, his wife; two granddaughter, Karen Marie Phillips and Kelli Jo Phillips; seven brothers, Francis (Valeria) Lahey, Donald (Theresa) Lahey, Robert “Bob” (Mary) Lahey, William “Butch”(Dorothy) Lahey, Loras “Squeaky” (Mary) Lahey, John Lahey, and Cyril “Cy” (Mary) Lahey; two sisters, Helen Lahey in Infancy and Eileen (Clarence “Buck” Even) (Clarence Pfohl “C.P.”) Even-Pfohl, sisters-in-law, Mildred Steffens, Lenore (Eldon) Denlinger, Cecelia Lahey, Lolita (Francis) Steger, Rose L. Harks, and Marie (LeRoy) Smith; brothers-in-law, Arthur (Esther) Steffens, Gilbert Steffens, and Nicholas (Adrell) Steffens.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Staff at Oak Park Place and Hospice of Dubuque for their kindness and care.

To honor Marc’s life, take some time to respect and care for God’s creation.

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