John Michael "J.B." Bronson

May 05, 1964 - Sep 21, 2022

John Michael "J.B." Bronson

May 05, 1964 - September 21, 2022


John "JB" Bronson, 58, of Dubuque, Iowa, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at his sister's home in Baldwin.

A celebration of John's life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2022, at The Eagle's Club in Maquoketa, Iowa with a message of comfort from special brothers Jason Rubel and Kevin Schmidt at 6:30 p.m.

John Michael Bronson was born on May 5, 1964, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to Johnie Leroy and Mary Jane (Ruchotzke) Bronson. He graduated in Maquoketa in 1982. John worked for many years in construction, and most recently worked at Andersen Windows and Doors in Dubuque.

John lived life to the fullest. A quiet man, he nevertheless enjoyed being where the action was, whether that was riding motorcycle with friends, getting muddy on ATVs, being at live music events, or throwing darts and playing foosball, John enjoyed being around people and making friends. The friends he made were lifelong friends, as John had a quality that despite his quiet personality, people were drawn to him and enjoyed his company. This is not surprising, as he was always one to offer a helping hand or to be there for them when needed. John suffered with addiction problems through much of his life, which caused strain on some family relationships, but these last years when he had conquered his demons were some of the best of his life. They allowed John the opportunity to overcome his fears, return to his family both old and new, and show them the person he always had the potential to be. In his last years he showed everyone how dear to him his large extended family was, and he spent all the quality time with them that he could going to parks, museums, live music, and family gatherings. These last years were truly a blessing for John and his family and enjoyed by all.

John is survived by a daughter, Lindsay Renee Bodenhofer; son, Brandon Michael Bodenhofer; son, Jace Louis Bronson; siblings, Jean (Jim) Trenkamp of Preston, Terry (Brenda) Bronson of Maquoketa, Steve (Julie) Bronson of Illinois, Susan Keil (Ed Simonin) of Baldwin, Pat (Michelle) Bronson of Maquoketa, Kathy (Greg) Sullivan of Maquoketa, twin sister JoAnn (Joe) Hovey of Washington, Mary (Rod) Keeney of DeWitt, and Dave (Deb) Bronson of New York; grandsons, Kohl, Christian, Henry, George, and Dolyn; granddaughter, Adrian; great granddaughters, Linnea and Eva; aunt, Bernetta Ruchotzke; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Johnie Bronson, mother, Mary Jane Bronson, sister Bernedette Bronson, and grandson Joey Edwards.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John "JB" Bronson memorial fund has been established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at

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Celebration of Life
Fri, Sep 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club

1102 East Platt Street
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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Message of Comfort
Fri, Sep 30, 2022 at 6:30 pm
Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club

1102 East Platt Street
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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