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JOSEPH EDWARD IRONSIDE
Joseph Edward Ironside, 69, of Douds, Iowa, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at home surrounded by family after a long courageous battle with cancer. Visitation for Joe will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Joe was born Feb. 11, 1953, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Thomas and Mary Ironside. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1971. After graduation, Joe worked for the CRANDIC Railroad, Iowa Steele & Ironworks, Rockwell Goss Graphics, Business Agent of Local 831 before completing his career as directing business rep for District 6 of the Machinists Union until his retirement in 2013. Joe was an active union member for 50 years and involved in numerous political campaigns. He was the honoree of numerous awards and inducted into the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Labor Hall of Fame in 2014.
After retirement, Joe spent most of his days working outdoors on his farm, sitting on the screened in porch, or in his shop with his wife, Debbie. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, trapping and fishing with his grandkids at his pond. Joe was a beloved Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeye fan.
Joe is survived by his wife, Deborah (Koutny) Ironside; and his children, Matthew (Sonya) of Swisher, Mark (Samantha) of Swisher, Carolyn (Jason) Siebrecht of Cedar Rapids and Timothy of Cedar Rapids. Joe is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Dylan Ironside, Grace, Hannah and Maggie Ironside, McKenna and Sydney Wilson, Bailey Siebrecht, Mercedes, Melanie, Mary and Maddelyn Ironside. Joe is also survived by his mother, Mary Ironside; brothers, Bill (Joan) Ironside and John (Deb) Ironside; sisters, Nancy (Kent) Cole and Julie (Tom) Jacobs; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Ironside; and sister, Sue (Bob) Nelson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed in Joe's honor to Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids.
Online condolences and memories may be shared to the family at www.broshchapel.com.