Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

Staff members of Cranston Family Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. At a time when things may seem uncertain, we understand that comfort and trust are of the utmost importance, and will be there when you need us.


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Ryan Funeral Director

Ryan was born and raised in Richland, Iowa; he attended Buena Vista University and graduated with a degree in Management. After spending a few years in the manufacturing industry, he decided he wanted to pursue a career where he could utilize his real passion of helping people. He studied Mortuary Science at DMACC and received his Funeral Director’s license in Iowa in 2012.

Ryan believes that death is a life changing, emotional event and giving the best possible funeral experience is key to starting the grief process. He feels that helping people after the death of a loved one is exactly what he is meant to be doing and gives him a fulfilling career.

Ryan and his wife, Erin, have two children- Hailey and Collin that keep them very busy. When they’re not busy with multiple sports per season or 4H; the family enjoys camping and traveling. If you want a good laugh, ask Ryan why he won’t get another massage while on vacation or about ziplining off a mountain! He'd love to swap stories with you and hear about the experiences you've had with your loved ones. 

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Jeremy Cranston Funeral Director/Owner

Jeremy is originally from Deep River, IA. He grew up on a family farm and later attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Jeremy taught third grade for several years before returning to help on the family farm and work for a local carpenter. After several years he followed his desire to be a funeral director and graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with an Advanced Diploma in Mortuary Science. Jeremy is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the families of Fairfield, Eldon, Batavia, and the surrounding area. Jeremy's wife, Jamie, currently works for the Area Education Agency.  Jeremy and Jamie are the proud parents to their nine year old daughter Ireland. 

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Shelley Shelangoski Funeral Assistant

Shelley Shelangoski has lived in Fairfield most of her life.  She worked as a hairstylist, as well as at Libertyville Savings Bank before retiring and coming to help at the funeral home.  She was married to Glen Shelangoski who passed away in 2005.  Shelley has two children- Michael Shelangoski and his wife Kim have two children, Abigail and Nicholas and Lora Tabbert and her husband Troy who have two boys, Kade and Talan.  Shelley enjoys her time at the funeral home because it allows her to help comfort families when they are going through a very difficult time.  

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Marvin Story Funeral Assistant

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Katie Jones Funeral Assistant

Katie "Kate" Jones has lived in Eldon, IA most of her life.  She married Dick Jones and they have a daughter, Wendi and a son, Jeremiah.  Wendi and her husband Eric have four children; Mason, Kali, Brenna and Gavin.  Jeremiah has a sone Cole.  Kate is a member of Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon.  After the passing of Dick in 2014, Kate came to work at the funeral home.  It has been a blessing to serve and help families going through the passing of a loved one.  

Ryan

Funeral Director
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Ryan was born and raised in Richland, Iowa; he attended Buena Vista University and graduated with a degree in Management. After spending a few years in the manufacturing industry, he decided he wanted to pursue a career where he could utilize his real passion of helping people. He studied Mortuary Science at DMACC and received his Funeral Director’s license in Iowa in 2012.

Ryan believes that death is a life changing, emotional event and giving the best possible funeral experience is key to starting the grief process. He feels that helping people after the death of a loved one is exactly what he is meant to be doing and gives him a fulfilling career.

Ryan and his wife, Erin, have two children- Hailey and Collin that keep them very busy. When they’re not busy with multiple sports per season or 4H; the family enjoys camping and traveling. If you want a good laugh, ask Ryan why he won’t get another massage while on vacation or about ziplining off a mountain! He'd love to swap stories with you and hear about the experiences you've had with your loved ones. 

Jeremy Cranston

Funeral Director/Owner
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Jeremy is originally from Deep River, IA. He grew up on a family farm and later attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. Jeremy taught third grade for several years before returning to help on the family farm and work for a local carpenter. After several years he followed his desire to be a funeral director and graduated from Des Moines Area Community College with an Advanced Diploma in Mortuary Science. Jeremy is looking forward to the opportunity to serve the families of Fairfield, Eldon, Batavia, and the surrounding area. Jeremy's wife, Jamie, currently works for the Area Education Agency.  Jeremy and Jamie are the proud parents to their nine year old daughter Ireland. 

Shelley Shelangoski

Funeral Assistant
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Shelley Shelangoski has lived in Fairfield most of her life.  She worked as a hairstylist, as well as at Libertyville Savings Bank before retiring and coming to help at the funeral home.  She was married to Glen Shelangoski who passed away in 2005.  Shelley has two children- Michael Shelangoski and his wife Kim have two children, Abigail and Nicholas and Lora Tabbert and her husband Troy who have two boys, Kade and Talan.  Shelley enjoys her time at the funeral home because it allows her to help comfort families when they are going through a very difficult time.  

Marvin Story

Funeral Assistant
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Katie Jones

Funeral Assistant
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Katie "Kate" Jones has lived in Eldon, IA most of her life.  She married Dick Jones and they have a daughter, Wendi and a son, Jeremiah.  Wendi and her husband Eric have four children; Mason, Kali, Brenna and Gavin.  Jeremiah has a sone Cole.  Kate is a member of Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon.  After the passing of Dick in 2014, Kate came to work at the funeral home.  It has been a blessing to serve and help families going through the passing of a loved one.