Otis “Junior” Monroe Ireland, 61, of Utica, Mo., died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo.
Junior Ireland was born July 12, 1952, in Chillicothe, Mo., the son of Otis M. Ireland Sr. and Ola Alma Juanita Merryfield Ireland. He was a 1970 graduate Chillicothe High School.
On Nov. 4, 1972, Junior married Linda Jeane Dykes at Utica Baptist Church. She survives of the home.
In 1983, Junior began working with his father, Otis, at Ireland Advertising and Electric in Chillicothe.
He was a member of the Community Baptist Church, Utica, Mo., and Green Township Trustee. He was also President of the Utica Cemetery Association and a former member of the IBEW Local 545.
Junior loved spending time with his grandchildren, and great nieces and nephews who knew him as Papa/Uncle JuJu.
He is survived by his wife Linda of the home; son, Dwain M. Ireland and wife Amy of Chillicothe and their children Dane Daniel Ireland and Abigail Maxine Ireland; his father, Otis M. Ireland Sr. of Chillicothe, Mo; sister, Alta Sharon Scholl of Liberty, Mo.; mother-in-law Maxine Dykes of Utica, Mo; brothers and sisters-in-law Lee and Marcia Dykes, Keith and Sue Wheeler, Leslie Dykes and Patricia Minnis, all of Utica, Mo.; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; great nieces and nephews.
Junior was preceded in death by his mother, Ola Alma Juanita Ireland and father-in-law, Lawrence Dykes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Junior Ireland may be made to the Utica Cemetery Association and left at the funeral home or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. Online condolences may be left at www.heritage-becausewecare.com.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.
Burial will be at Utica Cemetery.
Family visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Heritage Funeral Home.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.