WELLMAN - Dan R. Shirkey was born August 3, 1957, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Dale and Marolyn (Conrad) Shirkey. He graduated from Keota High School, Lincoln Technical Institute, and received a degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa. On October 4, 1975 Dan was united in marriage to Donna Greenfield in Fairfield. Dan farmed and worked as an Environmental Services Shift Manager at Washington County Hospital, University of Iowa, and the Riverside Casino. He was a past member of the West Chester Lions Club and 4 Rivers Coon Hunters Association. Dan loved his grandchildren, seeing them always brought a smile to his face. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed doing yard work, and always thought that a well kept yard meant someone cared about it. He was a patient teacher and believed everyone deserves a second chance. Dan passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020 at his home in rural Wellman at the age of 62 years after a short battle with cancer.
Dan is survived by his wife Donna; 2 sons: DJ (Traci) Shirkey of Keota, Jerry (Rosanna) Shirkey of Kalona; 3 grandchildren: Kaylee Shirkey, Dawson Stutzman, Jagger Shirkey; 4 sisters: Sherry (Glenn) Ortisky of Salt Lake City, Utah; Anna Mae Story of Winfield; Lora (Jim) Fisher of Sigourney; Mary Bishop of Richland; and a brother Mike (Bobbie) Shirkey of Killen, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his father and mother-in-law Daniel and Maxine Greenfield, and a brother-in-law Daniel Greenfield.
A private family service will be held on Friday at the Powell Funeral Home in Keota. Burial will be in the Wellman Cemetery. A public visitation will be held from 2:00 - 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the Powell Funeral Home in Keota. A general memorial fund has been established to be distributed per Dan's wishes.