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Chelmer Gaylord Ireland, age 78, of Aurora, Mo., passed away at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mt. Vernon.
Chelmer moved to Aurora from Ava in 1975. He retired from Carnation Milk Company later known as Mid Am.
On Dec. 28, 1956, he married Janice Stott in Ava. She preceded him in death Aug. 21, 1998. On April 7, 2000, he married Laura Dowler in Eureka Springs, Mo.
Surviving are his wife, Laura; one daughter, Teresa Thurman; four sons, Kevin Rook, Keith Rook, Kolby Rook and Kanin Rook; 14 grandchilidren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Naomi Ice; nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home, Aurora, with burial at Sparta Cemetery in Sparta. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, prior to the service.