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Shawn Michael Crimmins

March 2, 1975 ~ September 16, 2019 (age 44)

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Shawn Michael Crimmins, age 44, died peacefully at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines on September 16, 2019 within the loving arms of his wife and children.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12 Noon Friday, September 20th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Des Moines.  Burial will immediately follow services in Sunset Cemetery.  There will be a luncheon provided following the burial back at Christ the King's school lunchroom beginning at 2 p.m.

Family and Friends are invited to visit with one another during a visitation/reception at the O'Leary Celebration of Life Center - Funeral & Cremation Services in Norwalk beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 19th.  The evening will conclude with a Christian Prayer & Rosary Service beginning at 7:30 p.m.

For service details and directions to each of the locations as well as to sign his on-line guest book and to order flowers from our local Norwalk area florist please select one of the tabs on this web page or call (515) 981-0700.

Shawn's Life Story

Shawn was born March 2, 1974, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His family moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa where he spent his childhood and later graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High with the Class of 1993 and then Iowa Central College with a degree in Maintenance Electrician.

Shawn was an amazing husband, loving dad, and a hardworking man that took great pride in his work.  On May 16th,1998, he married Kelli Chia and soon after they began their beautiful family. His two sons, Michael and Alex, were the highlights of his life.  He took pleasure in watching them play sports and bringing them together to cheer on his beloved Denver Broncos and Iowa Hawkeyes.  At work and with family and friends, Shawn was known for his willingness to help others. Early in his career, he worked for Hamilton Hospital in Webster City, IA in the maintenance department before becoming a QMT [Quality Maintenance Technician] for Sears Holdings. He spent many dedicated years there and was well respected by his peers and supervisors for his strong work ethic. Just recently, he had obtained a new job at Hubbell in the maintenance department.

In his free time, Shawn was an avid reader, enjoying historical non-fiction selections. And for personal enjoyment, you could find him in the park participating in a fun game of frisbee golf.

He is survived by his wife, Kelli Crimmins; his two sons, Michael Crimmins and Alex Crimmins; his brother Jason (Nicole) Crimmins; his mother, Cheri Cerwick; his father, Doug Crimmins; grandparents Ken and Lee (Wingert) Cerwick; two sisters-in-law, Sandy Gomez and Ronda (Fabrizio) Taramelli; a brother-in-law, Philip (Melissa) Chia; and several nieces and nephews.

Shawn was preceded in death by his sister-in-law; Michele Chia-Cook and grandparents; Clifford and Geraldine (Sorensen) Crimmins.


To send flowers to Shawn's family, please visit our floral section.


A Tribute Service
September 19, 2019

4:00 PM

September 19, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Vigil Service
September 19, 2019

7:30 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Mass of Christian Burial
September 20, 2019

12:00 PM
Christ the King Catholic Church
5711 Southwest 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315

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