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John Ireland

September 3, 1949 — October 12, 2021

John Ireland


Johnny Lee "John" Ireland, age 72 of Hays, Kansas passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Hays Medical Center. He was born September 3, 1949 in Concordia, Kansas to John A. and Marjorie F. (Beaushaw) Ireland.

John graduated from Natoma High School in 1967. Played football at Butler County Community College, and later graduated from Fort Hays State.

John worked for several companies in sales positions throughout his career. They included Baker Oilfield Tools, RayBestos, Standard Automotive, and Crawford Supply. John was a veteran of the US Air Force serving during the Vietnam Era and taught for the SERE program at Fairchild AFB. He enjoyed Golf and was a long-time member of Smoky Hill Country Club in Hays as well as an avid K-State football fan.

John is survived by a son, Tanner Ireland of Ohio; a step daughter , Sara Sharpe of Hays; a step son, Scott Sharpe of Topeka, KS ; a brother, Gregg Ireland and wife Carol of Topeka; and two nieces, Jackie Ireland of Wichita and Jessie Ireland of Topeka.

John was preceded in death by his parents and Nephew Ezekiel Ireland.

Celebration of Life services and sharing will be at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601. Military graveside services will follow at the Kansas State Veterans' Cemetery in WaKeeney compliments of the Hays VFW Honor Guard.

Memorial visitation will be 9:30 AM until service time on Thursday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to HaysMed Hospice. Donations made payable to the organization may be sent in care of Keithley Funeral Homes PO Box 86 Hays, KS 67601.

Condolences may be left by guest book at or by email at


Celebration of Life Thursday

December 9, 2021

10:00 AM

2509 Vine Street

Hays, Kansas 67601

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