Steven Charles Daisy
- November 8, 2022
Steven Charles Daisy
Steven Charles Daisy, 63, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2022, but he will always be alive in our hearts.
Visitation will be on November 14 from to 3–7 pm at New Beginnings Church, 910 Boyson Ct. in Hiawatha, with a Celebration of Life on November 15 at 10:30 am at New Beginnings. A graveside service at Fairfax Cemetery begins at 1:15 pm. Teahen Funeral Home is serving the family.
Steve was born on October 14, 1959, in Oelwein, Iowa surrounded by fun-loving brothers and sisters and caring parents who farmed the land. He attended school in the Arlington, Iowa, area and graduated from Starmont High School in Arlington in 1979. His dream of taking over the family farm was destroyed forever by a car accident on August 2, 1980. A friend offered Steve a ride home and, tragically, the driver and Steve were ejected from the car, killing the driver and breaking Steve’s neck. He was helicoptered to Mayo Clinic, where the first of many operations to keep Steve alive took place. As he would do all his life, Steve recovered, and then he was rehabilitated for work at Goodwill Industries in Cedar Rapids.
He was assigned as a volunteer at Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace) in 1995, delivering mail in the huge C Avenue Complex. Steve impressed them so much that, with the help of Jim Spencer, they hired him. He worked there for many years, delivering mail at lightning speed in his motorized wheelchair. He made many friends at Collins, with his wonderful, wry sense of humor. He worked there for 22 years before his disability forced him to retire in 2017.
The highlight of his life was marrying Carol Ann McClure on May 28, 2016, at New Beginnings Church. Steve and Carol had many happy years together at their residence at ManorCare (now ProMedica). He enjoyed sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He lived to see the former win a World Series and the latter triumph in the Rose Bowl. He loved to play cards and with Carol was a fan of “Wheel of Fortune.” He also loved fishing, woodburning, ceramics, and painting.
Steve battled illness many times and came back every time except one. Carol and his family wish to thank the staff members who took such good care of him, including those at ProMedica, Unity Point, and Mercy Hospital, as well as special caretakers Claudia Bunting of Shellsburg and Carolina de Leon of Marion.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents Gerald and Geraldine Daisy of Arlington and his sister-in-law Karol Ann Daisy of Sumner. Steve is survived by his loving wife, Carol Ann, his doting sisters Phyllis (Tom) Dicus of Fairfax, Sherri (Craig) Seedorff of Arlington, Patty (Torri) Alshouse of Arlington, and Linda (Butch) Adams of Arlington. His surviving brothers include Lawrence Daisy of Sumner and Jeff (Sandra) Daisy of Arlington. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. In addition, he had four beloved godchildren: Shelby Salow of Washington, Nathaniel Seedorff of Arlington, Cody Dicus of Casper, Wyoming, and Cory Dicus, of Gillette, Wyoming.
Memorials may be directed to the family of Steve Daisy.