Ira C. Eland, 83, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at his residence. He was born in South Milwaukee on August 13, 1925, the son of Abraham and Alice (nee: May) Eland.
Ira was united in marriage to Elizabeth Kalajian on September 4, 1955, in Racine. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a cement finisher for many years and was a member and past president of local # 845. Ira enjoyed gardening, baking and cooking. He also was a Cubs fan.
Surviving is his daughter, Melanie (Mike) Slattery, and their son Crete of Lake Geneva; son, Ric (Susan) Eland and his children, Ericka and Dana of Maine; Bill (Vicky) Eland and their children, Bryan and Kelley of Maine; sisters, Pricilla McFarland of Racine and Shirley Elliker of Menomonee Falls. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Ira was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth, on March 5, 1988; parents; a brother and a sister.
Funeral services will be held at St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, 4605 Erie St., on Monday, April 20, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Fr. Yeprem Kelegian officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery. There will be a visitation at Sturino Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine 262-632-4479