Richard Ireland

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Richard Lee Ireland, SMSgt, 68, of Swansea, IL, born December 25, 1954, in Trenton, MO, died Friday, August 18, 2023, at Mercy Rehab and Care Center, Swansea, IL.

Richard was a graduate of Garfield High School, Seattle, WA. He received his bachelor’s degree from McKendree University, and his master’s degree from Webster University.

Richard was a US Air Force veteran who served from July 1974 to December 1995. He worked as an auto mechanic and later worked as a computer and systems management superintendent until 2021. Richard served on many bases, including Altus, Oklahoma; Izmir, Turkey; Tinker, Oklahoma; Lakenheath, United Kingdom; Helinikon, Greece; McChord, Washington; Rodelhiem, Germany; McGuire, New Jersey; and Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

He enjoyed family time, working in his yard, traveling, bike riding, and hiking. He loved working on and driving his ’72 Corvette to wineries and listening to music and helping and teaching children with home projects. Richard enjoyed working part-time for 21 years at Southwestern Illinois College teaching computer operations and networking.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol, nee Wolf, Ireland Moore; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Florence Miller; and a father-in-law, Andrew Doychak.

Surviving are his loving wife of 17 years, Karen, nee Miller, Ireland, whom he married on June 17, 2006; three children, Sarah (Joe) Largent, Joseph (Shelly) Ireland, and Theresa (Mark) Daubs; four stepchildren, Jason Hankammer (Cheri Thompson), Angela (Tyler) Murphy, Nicholas Hankammer, and Katie Hankammer (Joel Nienkamp); nine grandchildren, Anslie and Riordan Ireland, Gabriel and Hayleigh Largent, Logan and Grady Daubs, Hayden and Emerson Murphy, and Ava Thompson; two brothers, Frank Ireland and David (Dana) Ireland; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LBDA Lewy Body Dementia Association, St. John’s Community Care (222 Goethe Avenue, Collinsville, IL 62234), or to Needs Among Us at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 26, 2023, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday, August 26, 2023, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL., with Rev. Robert Dyer officiating.

Private burial with military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, at a later date.


10 Comments on Richard Ireland

Becky and Charlie Fowlkes said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2023 at 5:45 PM

Our hearts break for you. We wish we had been able to meet Richard. He sounded like such a wonderful human being and great, loving husband to you, Karen. We planned on attending the visitation, but power in Millstadt went out that day preventing us from even leaving our garage. My thoughts have been on you every day since, knowing the heartache and loss you are experiencing.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Larry & Elizabeth Mudd said : Guest Report Aug 26, 2023 at 6:11 PM

Thoughts and prayers sent. I remember the first time we met Rich. He picked us up at Rhein Main AFB and showed us around and made sure we were taken care of. He was an amazing person always helping others. He was my supervisor but more than that he became a great friend and mentor. He will sorely be missed but always remembered! RIP Rich.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Brea and Ross Ramsey said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2023 at 5:42 PM

Karen and Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time! Love, The Ramsey’s

  • St Charles
  • MO
Claudia & Darrell Murphy said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2023 at 6:47 PM

Karen and family Our deepest and sincerest condolences. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • O Fallon
  • Mo
Jason Goodwin said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 9:26 AM

I owe Rich for where I am at in my life, he was a great man that taught me like I was his own son. Rest in peace Rich. My family sends our condolences to Karen and their family.

  • Aviston
  • IL
Bonnie (Weible) Burner said : Guest Report Aug 20, 2023 at 2:13 PM

Dear Karen, Lauri has kept me informed about Richard's demise. I'm SO sorry you had to go through this hard hard time. (My dad had lewy body too.) I just read Richard's obituary - what an amazing career he had! The military took him some amazing places. I'm sure he was an wonderful person. I wish I would have known him more. Bless you in all your days ahead. Bonnie

  • Kirkwood
  • MO
Dennis Jenkins said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2023 at 11:22 PM

My heartfelt condolences to Karen and family on the loss of Rich. I hope you all a long peace deep within as you reflect on all the years of memories and journeys along the way with Rich. His presence will be missed.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Maureen Bellantoni said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2023 at 7:16 PM

So sorry to hear this and sincere prayers for All of his family🙏🙏 Had the pleasure of knowing Richard while in Greece and we all had lots of fun! Rest in peace ❤️

  • Carolina Shores
  • NC
Bobbie Nicoloff said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2023 at 6:46 PM

Thinking of Karen and her family during this final step in Richard’s journey. Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. Bobbie and Don Nicoloff

  • Troy
  • IL
Andrew Doychak (brother in law) said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2023 at 3:38 PM

He was the big brother I didn't have. I always looked up to him as the person I should be like. I will miss you Bron.

  • Auburn
  • Washington

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