Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Cemetery
3825 Airport Road, Colorado Springs, CO
Ira C. McCarthy, Jr.
October 8, 1930 – May 15, 2019
Ira McCarthy Jr., 88, passed away May 15th in Clarkston, Washington. He was born in Leavenworth, Kansas to Ira and Lois McCarthy.
The family moved to Colorado in 1938. He married Nora Geist in 1952 and they continued to live in Colorado Springs. They first met at a country barn dance and have always enjoyed dancing together. They recently celebrated their 66th Wedding Anniversary.
Ira is survived by his wife, Nora, a son Kenneth (Lorrie) McCarthy of Clarkston, WA, and a daughter Marilyn (Gerald) Keffer of Westcliffe, CO. Two grandchildren Chase (Melinda) McCarthy and their children Grant and Leia of Vancouver, WA and Chelsea (Justin) Kenton and their children, Noah and Judah of Menifee, CA. He is also survived by his three remaining siblings out of 12. Joe (Shirley) McCarthy of Pueblo West, Co, Bonnie Bacon of Pueblo, CO, and Bill (Marlene) McCarthy of Aurora, CO, as well many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was blessed to have many friends.
Ira grew up East of Colorado Springs on a farm helping his family. In 1948 he joined the U.S. Army. In 1950 he was deployed to Korea. In 1952 he received an Honorable Discharge for his service. He retired from NW Transport Freight Delivery Company as a driver.
Ira was involved in the Boy Scouts of America as a Cub Master for Pack 47. He was always active in his kid’s bowling, baseball or any event they were involved in. He also dressed up like a clown and stood on the street corners to promote “Grand Openings” for several businesses.
Ira loved to play a variety of card games, marbles, horse shoes and enjoyed gaming at Cripple Creek. He was befriended throughout his life and has made life long acquaintances. Although not technically trained, Ira became an avid self-taught musician. He enjoyed sharing guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica and even a keyboard sometimes with family and friends and of course singing.
We all agree he will be sorely missed. His generosity and compassion were always exemplary as was the way he always treated and protected his family. Ira’s humor was contagious and often a bit questionable.
Ira was loved by so many. He served his country with valor and dedication. Ira was patriotic and spoke openly for the benefit of fellow Americans.
Ira was a hero for many people who respected him. He enjoyed meeting up with friends at Melts Diner. Ira’s heroism is appreciated and respected with his valiant battle with cancer and kidney disease for the last three years of his life; he always kept his sense of humor.
Ira Clyde McCarthy Jr. will not be forgotten.
- Nora McCarthy, Wife
- Kenneth (Lorrie) McCarthy, Son
- Marilyn (Jerald) Keffer, Daughter
- Joe (Shirley) McCarthy, Brother
- Bonnie Bacon, Sister
- Bill (Marlene) McCarthy, Brother
- Ira is also survived by two grandchildren Chase (Melinda) McCarthy and their children Grant and Leia and Chelsea (Justin) Kenton and their children, Noah and Judah. As well numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
- Visitation Monday, May 20, 2019
- Funeral Service Monday, May 20, 2019
Ira C. McCarthy, Jr.
May 20, 2019
I like Ira very much. I was just his driver for dialysis but in the short time i got to know him he touched my soul in a couple ways. He's one of the bravest persons i know. Overall he faced each day with a smile and made other people smile at the same time. He actually gave me courage to face my problems and accept them with a grain of salt. Ira i love you kind sir and i thank you for being my friend.
Amie & Casey Goddard
May 20, 2019
Ira, we will miss you so much! Wish we could of taken you fishing a few more times so you could catch the "big" one! Lol