Russell A. Pope

Russell A. “Russ” Pope, age 48, of Dubuque, passed away at 6:35 p.m., on Friday, March 22, 2024, at MercyOne Dubuque. To honor Russ’s life private services were held. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street is assisting the family.

Russell was born on November 30, 1975, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Donald and Nancy (Blum) Pope. 

He was married to Kimberly Fry in 2008. Sadly they decided to part ways, but still remained friends. Russ had many hobbies and interests including reading, listening to rock music and watching sports.  He also enjoyed cooking and sharing whatever he made with family and friends.  Russ was an excellent chef who worked at several places throughout his career including Carlos O’Kelley’s and most recently Casey’s on Peru Road. Russ made fantastic sweets and his chili was literally award winning!  He also liked being in the great outdoors, especially if it involved finding a good fishing hole. Russ was a jokester and loved to have fun no matter what he was doing. He liked to spend time with his friends sharing an ice cold beverage and some good conversation.

Those left to cherish Russ’s memory include: his father, Donald Pope; his siblings, Cassandra Beck, Angelique Iuzzolino and Randy Pope; and his former wife, Kimberly Pope.

Russell was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Pope; and an uncle, Michael Blum.

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