Aaron V. Fagan

  • Born: August 3, 1949
  • Died: October 27, 2017
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Behr's Funeral Home

1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001

Tel. (563) 582-3297

Tribute & Message From The Family

Aaron V. Fagan, age 68, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly, after a long battle with cancer, at 1:28 p.m., on Friday, October 27, 2017, at home, with his loving daughter Kelly by his side. To honor Aaron's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Aaron's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Aaron was born on August 3, 1949, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Earl and Rosemary (Wolter) Fagan.

Aaron was born and raised in Dubuque, receiving his education at Dubuque Senior High School, and eventually meeting his future bride to be, Francine Ruh. The loving couple were united in marriage on April 7, 1973, in Dubuque. They would go on to celebrate over 44 devoted years together, and were truly blessed with 4 wonderful children. Aaron would earnestly provide for his family by working at the Dubuque Packing Company until 1982, and later by investing over 30 years of his time and talents at his business, Fagan's Shoe Repair, Video Rental and Hobby Shop. He has directly contributed to the comfort of numerous adult's feet in the Tri-States, as well as creating countless childhood memories for the youth in the area. Aaron's tireless ambition to provide not only his best, but absolute perfection, in everything he did is not only a true testament to his character and business mind-set, but also to his entire life perspective. In his free-time, Aaron was quite comfortable spending a day hunting in the timber, or sitting on the lakes in northern Wisconsin with a freshly baited hook in hand. Aaron also found infinite joy when he was surrounded by family on Christmas Day and the 4th of July, working on his latest Make-A-Wish, Children's Miracle Network and Albrecht Acres projects, or simply sharing his talents, wisdom or humble gifts of compassion for others in any number of fashions. If Aaron wanted to leave this world with an absolute statement to be proclaimed, it would be that next to faith playing an important role in our lives, following in a very close second is, "Love Your Family". Aaron's family, especially his deeply adored grandchildren, were absolutely a primary motivation in his world. It is virtually impossible to accurately articulate into words the absolute love, respect and adoration Aaron carried in his heart for his grandchildren. His actions to provide for, love, nurture and adore his family were continually on display, and the memories, lessons and legacy he leaves behind will surely help heal the hearts whom find themselves completely broken today with Aaron's sudden absence from their lives. We have undeniably lost one of the "good ones', and the world will never be the same for many; but we are also thankful that the world was never going to be the same in many other positive ways simply because the Lord was kind enough to share Aaron with us for 68 years. Thank you Aaron for all of the love you shared with the world, for playing the role of World's Greatest Grandpa without hesitation, and rest assured that "this left-handed cobbler who was just trying to make a difference" has definitely completed his mission and we'll treasure every memory until we meet again!

Those left to cherish Aaron's memory include

his loving wife of 44 years,
Fran Fagan, Dubuque, IA;

his 4 children,
Kelly Fagan, Dubuque, IA,
Dan (Amy) Fagan, Norwalk, IA,
Katie (Rob) Schmitt, Sherrill, IA
and Sarah (Adam) Banwarth, Richmond, VA;

his 8 grandchildren,
Brody Schmitt, Abigail Schmitt, Lucy Schmitt, Allie Schmitt, Noah Fagan, Brynn Fagan, Caleb Banwarth and Evelyn Banwarth;

his brother,
David (Jill) Fagan, St. Paul, MN;

his niece and Godchild,
Molly Fagan, St. Paul, MN;

and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

Aaron was preceded in death by his parents.

An Aaron V. Fagan memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Aaron's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Medical Associates Oncology, and the University of Madison, for all of their professional care and concern for Aaron, and his family.