Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Kieran Crowley

Kieran Joseph Crowley

June 7, 1916 
Chicago, IL

January 5, 1975
Chicago, IL

1935-36 DePaul University (College)
1936-37 DePaul University (College)
1937-38 DePaul University (College)
1938-39 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL)
1940-41 Chicago Pepsi Cola (Independent)

Crowley's name has been misspelled for years as "Kiernan" so this was part of the problem of finding him. Found a woman named Regina Shields Crowley from Illinois who died in 2007 that was predeceased by her husband, Kieran. Given the age, location, and unusualness of the name, I am fairly certain this is the Sheboygan player. So I sent an email to Mt Carmel Cemetary, where Regina is interred. I did find a death record that fits, too  1930 census records show Kieran Crowley from Illinois married to Regina Shields' middle name is Joseph. He was born to James J. Crowley. Pretty confident this is him

Mt. Carmal confirmed via email the dates fit between the death record and the interment record for Kieran Crowley. This is our man.

Regina's obituary



  1. Hello, I stumbled upon this discussion of my grandmother, Regina Shields Crowley and grandfather, Kieran Crowley. They had 3 children, including their oldest daughter, Karen Crowley Pettinelli. I am Karen's daughter. I can help answer questions. loripettinelli@gmail I will explore this further!

    Lori Pettinelli

  2. By the way, my grandfather Kieran did in fact attend DePaul University in Chicago and play basketball as a guard.