Craciun Funeral Home

14925 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH


Mr. Ronald Shirey

June 21, 1933February 9, 2020

Ronald L. Shirey, 86, of Strongsville, peacefully passed away on February 9, 2020.

He was born in Latrobe, PA, the son of the late Vergial and Ida (nee Short) Shirey. Ronald was the beloved husband of 67 years to Lois; devoted father of Kevin, Robert (Cyndi), Keith and Jason; cherished grandfather of Lisa (Bob) Scott, David Shirey (Krystal), Mitchell Shirey and Matthew Shirey; adored great-grandfather of Isabella, Ezra and Elijah Scott and Andrew and Dean Shirey; dear brother of Carolyn (Dennis, deceased) Neighbor, Thelma (Ralph, deceased) Yount and the late Wayne (Janet) Shirey and Kenneth (Connie) Shirey; loving uncle of many.

He was a veteran of the US Army. Ronald retired from Ford Motor Co., Walton Hills, following 36 years of dedicated service. He was a member of UAW Local 420.

A graveside service with Military Honors will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 12:30PM at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd, Seville, OH 44273. Please arrive by 12:15PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.


1 May

Committal Service With Military Honors

12:30 pm

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

10175 Rawiga Rd.
Seville, Ohio 44273


Mr. Ronald Shirey

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Carolyn Neighbor

February 14, 2020

Ron, when I think of you I remember you taking me to watch the Steelers practice at St. Vincent’s college in Pennsylvania. We cheered the team on even when they were losing, which in those days was almost every game! I loved those days. Because of those times with you, I’m a lifetime Steelers fan.

I remember that before I married Dennis, we played cards at your house. You and Lois accepted Dennis and made him feel like a part of our family. I truly appreciate how you treated him.

I remember how you and your family stepped up and cared for Mom and Dad as they aged. You were kind and caring. You were the oldest, always the big brother, always the caretaker, always looking after others.

I remember when I was little, before the days of TV we would sit in front of our radio and listen to The Lone Ranger. One day I told you I didn’t feel good. It turned out that I had typhoid fever! I nearly died. Weeks later when I was released from the hospital, I was too weak to walk. YOU carried me into the house. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I will never forget my big brother Ron and everything you did for me.

I remember that you were the maker of Mom’s poor man cookies which became one of my daughter Chris’ favorites.

I will always remember that every birthday, you made me a personalized birthday card on your computer. I will miss those.

I last visited you in 2018 with my daughters Chris and Cindy when our brother Ken was in the hospital. We sat around the table and had coffee with your family. It was the same table where 50 years ago we played cards with Dennis. We marveled at how great you looked. We’re all very sad that your health declined but we’re glad that we have that final memory of you in the kitchen having that cup of coffee.

Ron, you will be missed but you will live forever in our hearts and our memories. Until we meet again, Rest in Peace.

Love, Carolyn and her daughters Chris, and Cindy