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“Sandy and family, I am late with this but I had to respond. I know what you are going through. The comfort if any rests only with time. Meanwhile he...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Stan Ping - Waterloo, IA - friend

“I've known Steve since I was a kid, way back when my mom babysat his kids and he ran the ice cream shop down the road from us. While I knew he had...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Spencer Fraise - Baldwin, WI

“I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing! I used to baby-sit for his children, and always thought highly of Steve. He was a warm, caring, people...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Charlotte Fraise - friend

“I am sorry for your loss. Steve was one of my friends on second and Avenue G when we were very young. I still remember the doll clothes his mom made...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Kelly Gaffney Ort - friend

“Praying for the family during this time of loss. ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Iris Ireland Holik

“Sorry for your loss. He seemed like a really cool guy the few times i meet him. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Derek Hirte

“We are so sorry to hear about the loss of our wonderful mayor, Steve Ireland. He has done so much for Fort Madison. He will be greatly missed. ...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Jake and Rosie Rashid - IA

“Tony, Charles and family, So sorry for you loss, we will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!!! Take care!! David/Jill Hirte ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: David/Jill Hirte

“Steve and my husband Jody became friends while receiving treatment for cancer. Steve was always very friendly and supportive. Prayers to his close...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Allison Kirchner - friend

“Craig and Lisa, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, both of us have lost a brother and we feel for you!! Just remember you...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Julie & Todd Hyde - Dallas, TX

“Deepest sympathies to you all. ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Carol Parrish - friend

“He was so down to earth and took the time to listen. We will miss his christmas cards and will cherish the memories forever. Our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Dave & Sharon McElhoe - friends

“A wonderful man who set a great example for others living with illness. So caring to others and very loyal to those in his life. Steve will be missed...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Donna and Donny DeJaynes

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: donna wenke - citizen of FM

“Your family has our deepest sympathy at your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. ”
15 of 26 | Posted by: STEVE AND STELLA ETKA

“A very thoughtful and generous man. I feel blessed having known him. My sympathy to all family members for your loss. ”
16 of 26 | Posted by: Sally Johnson - Fort Madison, IA

“I just want to say how sorry I am to you for your loss. I lost my mother to cancer so I can say I know how you feel. I did not know Steve personally,...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Terrie Sobaski - Kalona, IA

“On behalf of the Sister-City-Group in Pruem/Germany I want to say that our prayers and sympathy are with Sandy and his family.We feel sorry that...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Erna Buesch

“You have my deepest sympothy. ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Cara (Clayton) Upah - Huxley, IA

“Sorry for your loss he was a very active talented individual. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Michael Ireland - marion, IA

“God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put His arms around you and whispered "Come to Me." With tearful eyes we watched you, and...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Todd Daugherty - Manalapan, NJ

“Steve, It was an honor..and a privilege..to serve next to you for so many years as a city councilman. You will be greatly missed my friend. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Pat Trueblood - Dublin, IN

“We are praying for all of you. Steve will be greatly missed by so many people. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Booten - Fort Madison, IA

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We miss Steve already. God Bless you. Russ & Sheila ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Russ & Sheila Savage - FT Madison, IA

“We are going to miss Steve and feel he was a "Champion among Men" with his service and dedication to our community. He was an outstanding councilman...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Moudy and Sharon Nabulsi - IA

“Steve gave me my first job at the Dairy Creme!! What a blast that was! He would sometimes surprise us with chocolate pie...Yummo! My prayers are with...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Judy Fedler Beebe - Fort Madison, IA


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Steven J. Ireland, 53, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 1:54 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Fort Madison Community Hospital. He was born on October 12, 1958 in Fort Madison, IA to Harvey & Erma Grossenkemper Ireland. He graduated from FMHS in 1976. He married Rose Greenwald in 1985, they later divorced. He was an accomplished chef at Mike's Supper Club, the Fort Madison Country Club, Palm's Supper Club, and Sheaffer Golf Course. He owned Steve's Dairy Creme for many years. He became a Fort Madison City Councilman in 1995 and became Mayor in 2005. He has worked for Johnson Truck Lines since 1999. He was a member of the Fort Madison Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, United Way, Elks Club, Lee County Assessor's Compensation Board, Lee County Emergency Management Board and an Ex-Officio Member of Fort Madison Sister Cities Commission. He was a past member of the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission, Southeast Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority, Alcohol and Drug Dependency Service, Fort Madison Library Board, Human Rights Commission and the Great River Regional Waste Authority. His children, grandchildren, and his community were the center of his life. He enjoyed his line dancing community & friends.
He is survived by: his girlfriend: Sandy Greenwald of Montrose, IA; 1-daughter: Jessica (Sean Anderson) Kempker of Dunkerton, IA; 5-sons: Kenneth (Kat) Kempker of Madison, WI, Anthony (Jill Kinney) Ireland of Fort Madison, IA, Steven Ireland Jr. of Fort Madison, IA, Charles (Channing) Ireland of Fort Madison, IA & Drake Ireland of Fort Madison, IA; 6 Grandchildren: Collin; Tanner, Lillianna, Henry, Parker & Emmett; his mother: Erma (Byron) Whitney of Winchester, TN; 2-sisters: Cathy Wellman of Keokuk, IA & Amy (Gary) Coffey of Wever, IA; 3-brothers: David (Barb) Slee of Texas, Allen Slee of Fort Madison, IA & Craig (Lisa) Ireland of Iowa City, IA & numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by: his father & grandparents: Leafo Baker, Charles & Avis Ireland.
Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012 with the family to receive friends from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the First Baptist Church (301 24th Street, Fort Madison, IA) with Rev. Dean Graber officiating. Burial will be held in Claypoole Cemetery in Wever, IA. A memorial has been established in Steve's memory and contributions may be left at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory or at the church during the service. Online condolences & a video tribute of Steve's life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.

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