James E. Irelan

Died Feb. 20, 2019


James E. Irelan, 82, of Mio passed away at his home Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

James was born in South Branch Township, Crawford County, on Nov. 9, 1936, to Theodore and Faith (Essner) Irelan. He graduated from high school and went on to become a hard-working entrepreneur for the rest of his life. James enjoyed playing cards and going fishing in Canada and Alaska.

James is survived by his wife of 35 years, Penny J. Irelan; his children, Jim Irelan, Richard Irelan, Michael Irelan, Steven Irelan, Rodrick Schanck and Steven Schanck; his grandchildren, Madelyn, Mallory, Macy, Victoria, Faith, Chloe, Jacob, Danielle, Kelley, Samantha, Jaemi, Kathy, Levi, Tyler, Allyson and Sonya; and many great-grandchildren. James is also survived by his brother Merlin “Jug”; and his sisters, Barbara, Betty, Marlene, Linda, Carol, Cathy and Nancy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Faith Irelan; his sons, David Irelan and Edward Irelan; his brother, Leland; his sister, Dian; and two grandchildren, Joshua and P.J.

Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, from 3-9 p.m. at the Lashley Funeral Home, Mio. Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m., also at the funeral home, with Minister Dale DuVerney officiating. The family asks that guests join them in wearing their favorite flannel shirt for the funeral service (suspenders optional!). In accordance with his wishes, cremation will follow the services. Interment of ashes will be held at Mentor Township Cemetery, Mio, in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to the family for sponsoring a school scholarship.

Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.


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Glenn Socia

I met Jim 48 years ago, as he maintained my dad's truck at the laundry mat in Mio. I really liked his personality, and always considered him a good man. I enjoyed his humor, and always liked talking to him. I know all of those that knew and loved him will dearly miss him.

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