Craig W. Shirey

Sep 28, 2018


10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1301 Kimball Ave.     


4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Locke Funeral Home


Craig’s body has been donated to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in memory of Nancy’s father, Dr. G. Raymond Johnson (class of 1926).


Memorials may be directed to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1301 Kimball Ave Waterloo, IA 20702; Friendship Village Foundation, 3720 Village Place Waterloo, IA 50702; or the Waterloo Community Foundation, PO Box 1253 Waterloo, IA 50704


Craig W. Shirey, 84, of Waterloo died Friday, September 28, 2018 at Friendship Village Health Center.

Craig was born July 5, 1934 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Charles and Faye Suter Shirey.  He married Nancy Ray Johnson September 7, 1957 in Ottumwa.

Craig graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1952.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 1956.  He served in the reserves of the Army Corps of Engineers from 1956 to 1964.

Craig was President of the C.W. Shirey Company, which managed ready-mix concrete and other entities in Northeast Iowa, until his retirement in 1987.  Major projects included the UNI-Dome and most John Deere construction between 1957–1987. 

Craig was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, Deacon, Trustee, and Mission Committee Chair.  With Nancy, he received the ISU Service Key Award in 1981, Gift of the Heart Legacy Award from the AFP in 2011, and was honored as the Courier’s 8 over 80 in 2016.  He was President of Waterloo Downtown Rotary, WIDA, ISU Alumni Association of Black Hawk County, Waterloo Ambassadors, Young Presidents Organization, and Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association.  He was also on the board of the National Ready Mixed Association, Chair of the Waterloo Planning & Zoning Commission, and Chair of the United Way Campaign.

Craig greatly loved God and spending time with his family.  He gave generously where there was need—to both international and local organizations.  He enjoyed working with his hands alongside other people for church mission trips, Habitat for Humanity, and national recovery programs.  

Craig had a passion for adventuring outdoors, especially when he shared that passion with family.  He loved ski trips with his family (including all seven grandchildren), mainly to the mountains of Colorado.  He and Nancy annually returned to the mountains of Canada and the western United States to hike.  Craig and Nancy often sailed off the west coast of Florida and in the Caribbean.  Being an avid football fan, Craig attended home games at ISU and UNI for over 70 years.                   

Survivors include: his wife Nancy of Waterloo; two daughters Julie (Roger) Hederstedt of Littleton, CO and Susie (Mitch) Levin of Boulder, CO; a son Chuck (Alice) Shirey of Waterloo; 7 grandchildren: Steve (Kelli) and Eric (Morgan) Hederstedt; Madison and Zane Levin; and Hannah, Tracy, and William Shirey; two sisters Barbara Shannon of Ashville, NC and Vera Wanamaker of West Des Moines; a brother‑in‑law: Ray (Linda) Johnson of Sulfur Springs, TX.

Craig is preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. CAROL Pierce | Oct 06, 2018

      I am sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather.  He was a great contributor to so many positive aspects of our city.  Nancy, my best to you.  May the memories of your long and happy marriage bring you peace and comfort. Chuck, I am glad I had the privilege to be one your teachers at West. My sympathy to each in the days ahead.


    Carol Pierce

  2. Troy Winder | Oct 02, 2018

    Thanks be to God for the wonderful example of faith that was Craig Shirey!  Prayer of peace and comfort for the entire family.

  3. Wayne Hoffman | Oct 02, 2018

    You were in the same pew each Sunday.  "Now that Craig and Nancy and family are here, we can begin." I mused from the pulpit, "I would like to multiply that family 100X, Lord; can you work it out?"  Blessings always and thank you for your faithfulness.

    Wayne M. Hoffman

  4. Kevan Cortright | Sep 30, 2018

    To Nancy and family,

    im sorry you must endure thd loss of Craig,

    He was a a great example of all things good.

    Craig’s devotion to life’s important relationships

    gave many of us a great example to follow. I will

    never forget his kind and generous manner and

    friendship! I send you all my sympathy and 

    prayers for support. God bless and give you

    strength. Sincerely, Kevan Cortright

  5. John and Mary Kay Beecher | Sep 29, 2018

    Our condolences and prayers to the Shirey family. Craig and I shared our Rotary membership. My lasting memories of Craig will be at The Rotary Reserve and the times I gave him a ride home from our weekly meetings when he was able to join us. 

    John and Mary Kay Beecher

  6. Gina Greene | Sep 29, 2018
    Prayers, hugs, and peace to you all. Peace to Craig who is with the Lord sailing and hiking. 

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