Toby Shanahan

Written by Theresa Rose on August 21, 2017

Gerald F. “Toby” Shanahan, 77, of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Arbor Court in Mt. Pleasant.

A funeral mass for Toby Shanahan will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Wed., Aug. 23 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 607 S. Jackson St., Mt. Pleasant. Father Paul Connelly will celebrate the mass. Cremation will be accorded following the mass, with burial at a later date in the St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 3 PM Tuesday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. Visitation will continue at 4 PM at the church where there will be a Scriptural Wake Service and Rosary at 5 PM. Following the scripture service/rosary, the family will greet friends until 8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Relay for Life, H2O (Help to Others) or St. Alphonsus Cemetery. Online condolences may be directed to

Gerald Francis “Toby” Shanahan was born November 10, 1939 in Ute, Iowa. He was the son of Vincent Francis and Teresa Frances (Flynn) Shanahan. He graduated from Ute High School in 1958. On August 3, 1963 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ute, Toby was united in marriage to Sandra Kay Newman.

Following his formal education, Toby was drafted into the United States Army. Following his honorable discharge, Toby went to work for Gregerson Trucking in Ute and then the Green Bay Lumber Co. in Mapleton. He then began a long career in the concrete plant business by accepting a position with Clark Ready-Mix in Mapleton. In 1967, he moved to Missouri Valley, IA to become the Plant Manager of the Clark Ready-Mix plant there. In 1972, Toby moved to Mt. Pleasant to become the Plant Manager of the Ideal Ready-Mix plant. In 1981, while continuing as manager, Sandi and he purchased Case Memorials. They operated all aspects of monument work, including sales, engraving and setting of monuments. They sold the monument company in 2013, around the time that Toby retired from full-time management of ready-mix plant. In retirement, Toby helped out at the ready-mix plant, primarily doing the job he truly loved, running the loader.

Toby was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, where he often served as an usher. He assisted the church during Old Threshers, helping in the food tent and moving the Clavinova for the masses on the grounds. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Father John Manning Council #7294, helping in the Tootsie Roll Drive.

In his spare time, Toby enjoyed the many trips he and Sandi took. They loved living in Mt. Pleasant and were blessed to raise their children in a community of friends.  He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and spending time with friends, family and especially his grandchildren.

Those thankful for sharing in Toby’s life include his wife of 54 years, Sandi of Mt. Pleasant; 2 children – Trevor Shanahan of Marion, IA and Kourtne Powell and her husband Mike of Cedar Rapids; 6 siblings – Margaret “Peggy” Rosenbaum and her husband Al of Elk Point, SD; Katherine “Kay” Timm of Smithland, IA, Constance “Connie” Langenfeld and her husband Ron of Ute, IA, Clarita Butz and her husband Steve of Ute, Ellen Graham of Mankato, MN and Joel Shanahan and his wife Cathy of Ute; 6 grandchildren – Clayton, Ryan , Kasey and Paige Shanahan and Michaela and Riley Powell and many nieces and nephews who were all special to him.

His parents, a brother – John “Jack” Shanahan, an infant brother, Danny Shanahan, a brother-in-law, Orval Timm a niece and a nephew precede Toby in death.