Rodney Dale Irion | 1960-2018

Published Saturday, October 13, 2018

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Rodney Dale Irion

Rodney Dale Irion, 57, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

Funeral was Oct. 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jamestown, N.D., with the Rev. Erik Weber officiating. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Jamestown.

Williams Funeral Home in Jamestown handled arrangements.

Rod was born Oct. 27, 1960, in Missoula, Mont., to Bill and Alice Irion.

He later moved to Jamestown. He graduated from Jamestown High School in 1979 where he held the record for the pole vault for 30 years. He moved to Garrison where he operated his own guide service known as Dakota Limit Guide Service until 1993.

In 1994, he graduated from Bismarck State College with a power/process plant technology degree. He married Dawn Gruchalla in December 1995, and they lived in Battle Mountain, Nev. In 2010, then moved to Runaway Bay where he was employed at Brazos Electric Co-op until his death.

Rod and his fishing partner, Mark Boyd, won the 1992 Saskatchewan Premier’s Cup/Can-Am Cup. His last fishing tournament was in September with his wife.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and mother-in-law Ramona Gruchalla.

He is survived by his wife; daughter Brooke Irion of Runaway Bay; his father, Bill Irion and wife, Mary, of Orofino, Idaho; sister Carolyn Kvislen of Bismarck, N.D.; sisters-in-law Tami Severence and husband, Kevin, of Jamestown and April Lange, and husband, Shawn, of Eldridge; and father-in-law Terry Gruchalla of Jamestown.

Memorial donations may be made for the benefit of Rod’s family at: First State Bank, 102 Port-O-Call, Runaway Bay, TX 76426, or First Community Credit Union, 111 9th Street SW, Jamestown, ND 58401.

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