In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows our loving Ira Lew Vinson yielded and passed this life on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at his home. An inspiration to his family, Ira was born March 5, 1960 in Bisbee, Arizona. As a proud resident of Montana and Red Lodge for over 30 years; he is preceded in death by his father Earl C. Vinson. He is survived by his two daughters Danielle (Steve) Tuttle, Jessica Vinson (Tyler Matthys) and his son Gregory Vinson (Sarah Ross); his Mother Irene Vinson, Sister Vivian West and older brother Curtis R (Twila) Vinson; 7 Grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
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In 1974 the family relocated to New Mexico where he attended high school and joined the United States Air Force in September 1978; he served with the 833 Security Police Squad (TAC) as a Security Specialist stationed at Holliman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico serving in foreign service in Saudi Arabia. After an honorable discharge he relocated in Sierra Vista, Arizona worked numerous jobs ultimately moving back to Bisbee to help with his Father’s business. In 1988 he relocated to Red Lodge with his family and immersed himself with hunting and fishing which was a true heart passion. Locally, he worked at Red Lodge Mountain Ski Resort and Race Camp until an accident forced a 5 year recuperation. Starting back to work as a general contractor with his business Mud Master Drywall. In 2011 his previous injury led to his full disability.
Ira held several positions and served on the board of directors for the Mountain Springs Villa Association where he resided. The family will hold a celebration of life for this loving father on Monday, February 3, 2020 @ 4:00 PM; at Smith Olcott Funeral Chapel, 201 N Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068.