Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI


James M. Ireland

8 febrero , 193810 mayo , 2019

James M. Ireland, 81 – It is with love and sadness that the family of Jim Ireland announces his passing on May 10, 2019. He was born February 8, 1938, to the late Edward and Ruth (Bateman) Ireland. Jim leaves behind a large, loving family that includes his wife, Claudia (Smith) Ireland and seven children including James H. (Delores) Ireland, Gary D. (Connie) Ireland, Kenneth C. (Mary) Ireland, Lynne M. (Mike) Denny, Steven M. (Jenny) Ireland, Lori A. Ireland and Doletha M. Ireland. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers Ed Ireland and William Ireland and survived by his sister Barb Ireland and sisters-in-law Joanne Ireland, Deanna Ireland, Diane Hull, Marilyn (Charlie) Adams, and Nancy Fox and brother-in-law Phil (Dorothy Ann) Smith. Jim graduated from Mason High School in 1955 and went on to attend MSU. While there he worked on the MSU Stadium expansion in 1957 while studying engineering. Shortly after that, Jim decided to change his major to become an accountant and graduated from MSU in 1961. After working for a few years for Oldsmobile and then the State of Michigan, Jim started working for an accounting firm where he became a CPA. Jim spent the remainder of his career working as a CPA, a job that he loved. Over the years he worked for a few firms and ultimately became a partner in his own firm and worked until he was 79 years old. Jim loved being a CPA and loved working with his clients over the years. Jim considered being a CPA as his hobby.

Jim and Claudia were married on August 14, 1959 and began raising their large family when their first was born in 1961, followed by 6 more children. Over the years they also provided homes for foster children. Jim was a good provider for his family as it grew, financially and through the love he brought to the family. Jim and his family enjoyed many family trips over the years, camping in various locations around the state and across the country, frequently canoeing together. These family trips extended to trips together even as the children grew, married, and brought grandchildren on the trips. A couple of special trips for Jim included the trips to the Irish Festival in Muskegon and a trip to Ireland with family. He also accompanied Claudia on several trips to Mexico and other areas for scuba diving. Jim and Claudia also camped with the Country Campers in recent years.

Jim was a member of the Masons and was a Past Master of Mason Blue Lodge 70. He also attended Mason First Methodist Church with his family. Over the years he served the church in many capacities and served on many of the committees of the church.

Jim will be sadly missed by all of those who have known him. We will remember him for the ways in which he has enriched all of our lived through his humor and his love of family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mason First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Ash St., Mason, MI 48854.


  • Jim Ireland
  • Gary Ireland
  • Ken Ireland
  • Steve Ireland
  • Jake Ireland
  • Scott Adams


  • Visitation martes, 14 mayo , 2019
  • Visitation martes, 14 mayo , 2019
  • Funeral Service miércoles, 15 mayo , 2019


James M. Ireland


Doletha Ireland

15 mayo , 2019

My dad coming home from work n me clinging to his leg and him walking around the house it was the best part of the day for me. I love you Dad!!

AmySue Hopkins

14 mayo , 2019

Lori and Family,

I'm so incredibly sorry for the overwhelming loss of Jim. He was such a good man! I have so many wonderful memories of spending time with your family. For many years I considered Jim to be a father-figure in my life. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to see what a father could and should be by looking at Jim.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you struggle through this difficult time!

AmySue Hopkins

Jeanne (Rowland) Hildabridle

14 mayo , 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about Jimmy! I was so sad to see it in the paper and wanted to let you know my prayers are with you, Claudia and your family. I was looking forward to seeing you both at Bob Evan's again soon. I haven't been there lately due to health issues. I will miss that. He was a gentle giant of a cousin in more ways than one, especially in the ways of the heart!

Mark and Patty Goodman

13 mayo , 2019

Claudia, and the whole Ireland family.
I'm so sad to hear the passing of James. I'll always remember him as a gentle giant of a man.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.
Love to you all.
Mark and Patty Goodman.

Norman & Carol Eastman

13 mayo , 2019

Claudia, we are very sorry to read about Jim's passing. We have gotten to know you both through the years and you were a great loving couple. It was fun running with you both back in our younger years. Want you to know we are thinking of you and hope all goes well for you.

Sharon Amante

12 mayo , 2019

My dear Ireland family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I only met Jim once at the marriage of your Grandson Wil and my daughter DeAndrea. We had a rehearsal dinner at your house. He was very kind and loving as was your whole family. I could see his love for humanity and his hope for Wil and Dee in his face. The light of Christ showed on his face. God Bless you all and be with you. We here are grieving but in Heaven they are rejoicing to have him back home. Sending my love for you all.

Lori Ireland

12 mayo , 2019

A provider to the fullest always made me. feel safe when at times the world was that excepting when I told you they don’t like me dad you picked me up and tell me I love you I felt so protected. If I ever cried you listen. You always made it better you gave me the best life love you May you now rest

Laura Rakowski-Cole

12 mayo , 2019

Claudia, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Tresa Ransburg

11 mayo , 2019

So sorry to hear about Jim. He was always a joy to be around and so upbeat. He and Claudia were a comfort and help to our mom and to us when she passed. I am in Calif right now, visiting this week with my Aunt Rhody (Rosalie Arend). We all have many fond memories of Jim.

Tiffany Brunner

11 mayo , 2019

Grandpa was always there for birthdays, and always down for a laugh.