AMHERST – Ira Ison, Jr., 82 years of age, and a resident of Amherst, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at EMH Regional Medical Center, in Elyria following a seven month illness. He was born December 4, 1928 in Bruin, Kentucky. Ira had made his home in Amherst since 1962. Ira served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He was employed at General Motors in Elyria and Brookpark for forty-three years before retiring in 1996 as a journeyman. Ira was a active member of Avon Baptist Church, he served previously as a Deacon and as the Sunday School Director. He loved sharing his faith and telling people about his Savior, Jesus Christ. His hobbies included gardening. Ira's greatest joy was being involved with and spending time with his family. Survivors include his sons Robin Ison and his wife Betty of Elyria, Gregory Ison of Wakeman and Josh Ison and his wife Lori of Amherst; his daughter and her husband Patricia and Keith Hepler of Amherst; eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; his brother Edwin Ison of Ashland, Kentucky and his sister Clara Morgan of Huber Heights, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years Margaret Verdell Ison (nee: Long) on August 3, 2003; his brothers Josh, Clayton, Charles, Eldon and Paul Ison; his sister Hester Fannin and by his parents Ira and Bessie Ison (nee: Pennington). Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery in Elyria. Additional information and online register book are available at in The Morning Journal on May 25, 2011