Lee W. Ireland, 62, Neosho, entered into rest on June 26, 2013 at Freeman Neosho Hospital after a sudden illness.
Lee was born Feb. 26, 1951, in Neosho, to Paul W. Ireland and Myra Louise (Million) Ireland. He was a lifelong area resident and started his working career with his father in Paul's Motor Electric; working there for many years. At the age of 18 he started in the fire service at the Neosho Fire Department, serving in many capacities. He was a volunteer EMT with Newton County Ambulance District and later, the board president. In 1985, he became an instructor with the Fire and Rescue Training Institute and was the regional coordinator for FRTI for 21 years. He was also an instructor and examiner for the State of Missouri Division of Fire Safety for many years.
Lee was currently serving as treasurer of the Neosho Fire Protection District and had for many years previously.
He also served as deputy coroner for the Newton County Coroner's Office for 17 years. He taught at Seneca High School for 10 years and was the athletic trainer for the football team. He was also an EMT instructor and psychology instructor for Crowder College. He worked with the Neosho Housing Authority for many years, currently serving as director. He was a member of the Missouri Coroner's Association and he loved all animals.
Lee will be greatly missed by all.
Lee married Patti Boswell and she survives.
He is also survived by his daughter, Shonda Ireland of Columbia, Mo.; three stepchildren, Mandi McLaughin of Neosho, Sarah Paternostro of Joplin, and Tony Paternostro of Monett; and five grandchildren: Bryce, Brok, Rileigh, Vinny and Blake.
A memorial visitation will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Neosho.
Memorial contributions in memory of Lee may be made to Missouri Fire Service Funeral Association Team; ASPCA; or American Diabetes Association c/o Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66 Neosho, 64850.
Cremation service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.