The Ottumwa Courier


July 25, 2013

Jon Irelan

OTTUMWA — MSGT Jon Blair Irelan, 49, of New Virginia, Iowa, died July 22, 2013, at his home.

Jon was born in Ottumwa Dec. 21, 1963. Jon was a career U.S. Marine, giving 26 years of service to the Corps and his country. After retirement, he started his own handyman business and became admired as a master builder and was able to fix everything from computers to remodeling homes.

Jon was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially when accompanied by his sons. His greatest loves were his sons, family, God and his country.

He is survived by his sons, Zachary Jon and Colton Blair Irelan, both of St. Charles; his mother and stepfather, Rose and Chuck Robinson of Albia; his father and stepmother, Gene and Melba Irelan of Ottumwa; brother, Doug (Roxann) Irelan of Weldon; sisters, Susan (Gordy) Lampier and Pam (John) VanWardhuizen, both of Albia, half-brother, Danton Irelan of Ottumwa; grandmothers, Marian Zimmerman of Iowa City and Mabel Irelan of Ottumwa; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jon was preceded in death by grandfathers, Clellan Irelan and George B. Zimmerman; stepgrandfather, George Robinson; and a niece, Cheyenne Upshaw.

Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Ochiltree Funeral Service in Winterset. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., prior to services Sunday.

Memorials may be directed to the family to be used for his sons’ education.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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