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Past Key West Chief, Bart L. Germaine, Passes
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By Chief Duane Hendrickson
September 23, 2019

Bart Larry Germaine, 71 of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 with family by his side after a nine-year battle with prostate cancer.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Ceremony of the Four Fives by the Dubuque County Firefighters will follow the service. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 23rd, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory where the Dubuque County Firefighters will assemble at 6:30 p.m.

Bart was born on July 16, 1948 in Dubuque the son of Leslie and Mary (Kiebler) Germaine. He graduated Dubuque Senior High School in 1966.

He started working at John Deere Dubuque Works in August 1966 and worked as a tool and die maker and later as a test fixture engineer in the construction and forestry department before retiring in 2013 after 47 years of service. Upon retirement, Bart enjoyed working with his son, Jason, and the crew of Germaine Electric

He married Sheila Graham on July 29, 1972 at St. Patrick’s church in Dubuque.

Bart joined the Key West Fire Department in 1977 where he served as Captain, Chief, and Assistant Chief – retired from the department in 2015 after 38 years of volunteer service.

In younger years, enjoyed drag racing at Cordova in his 1967 gold Chevelle; hunting, watching NASCAR races; fishing… Bart and Sheila enjoyed traveling, especially after their retirement when they traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, and eastern Canada and New England, they also enjoyed their time spent in Ft. Myers, Florida during the winter months.

He was a member of the UAW Local 94, Iowa Firefighters Association, Dubuque County Firefighters Association, past member of Iowa Fire Chief Association.

In 2011, Bart was inducted into the Dubuque County Fire Association “Hall of Flame”.

He is survived by his wife Sheila; children Jason (fiancé, Alyssa Hrubes) Germaine, Julie (Jim) Earp; grandchildren, Kaily (Andrew) Belken, Aiden Germaine, Owen Earp; Step-grandchildren, Emmer, Elli, Max; Sisters, Mary Trenkamp, Leslie (John) Oswald; sister-in-law, Molly (Mike) Casey; Brothers-in-law, Roger Ege, Bill (Jackie) Graham, Robert (Samantha) Graham; Niece, Ginny (Lars) Lindgren; Nephews, Shane (Jennifer) Oswald, Kirk (Becky) Oswald, Carl (Belinda) Ege, Russell (Tonya) Trenkamp, Tommy Casey, Timmy Casey, Jackson Graham.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Sister, Charmaine Ege; Sister-in-law, Peggy Ketch; Brother-in-law, Tony Trenkamp.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gus Harb and the staff of Urological Associates in Davenport, Dr. Mark Hermann, Hospice of Dubuque (especially Scott, Amy, Ryan), and members of the Key West Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

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