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Lewis Paul Irelan

February 15, 1945 — August 16, 2021

Lewis Paul Irelan, 76, of Chanute, KS passed away at home, August 16, 2021. Paul was born to Hugh, and Elizabeth (Rogan) on February 15, 1945 in Leavenworth, KS. He graduated from Immaculata Catholic School in 1963 in Leavenworth, KS. After graduating, Paul served his country in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant in the Vietnam War. Following the military, he went to AERO Mechanic School. He worked at the Federal State Penitentiary in Leavenworth, KS as a Correctional Officer and Furniture Factory Foreman within the prison. He also worked for District 101 at Erie, KS as a school bus driver. Paul considered many of the ones he worked with as family. He was united in marriage to Mary Jo King on August 31, 1996 in Leavenworth, KS. Paul was involved in many things during and after retirement. He was a member of Commadore-Barry assembly 294 of Pittsburg, KS, American Legion Post 102 of Erie, KS, Council 760 of St. Paul – Walnut, KS and was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed wood working, playing cards, building rocking horses, camping, and riding horses. He is survived by his wife Mary Jo of the home, sons, George (Kim) Irelan, of Leavenworth, KS, William (Bill) Tracy) Irelan, of Las Vegas NV, step-sons David (Catherine) Forsyth, of Austinville, VA, Timothy (Tracy) Merrill, of Seattle, WA, one sister, Jody Becker, and 9 grandchildren. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, one son Joseph Paul Irelan, and a step- father William Woodrow Saegers. Memorials are suggested to St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie, KS., or American Legion Post 101 of Erie, KS. Cremation has taken place; a visitation and Mass of Christian burial will be held in Erie, KS at a later date, followed by inurnment at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS.

Funeral Mass for Lewis Paul Irelan, 76, Chanute, who passed away August 16, 2021, will be at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie, KS. Visitation will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, September 20, at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. A car count is needed at the military base, please call Mary at 620-717-3124 if you are attending.

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Service Schedule

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, September 18, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 am (Central time)

St. Ambrose Catholic Church

519 North Main Street, Erie, KS 66733

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Monday, September 20, 2021

2:30 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

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