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Ira Lee Preshinger

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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Ira Lee Preshinger passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 29, 2021 at his home in Joliet, Montana.  Ira was born on Oct. 15, 1952 in Great Falls, Montana, to Henry E. (Gene) and Ella Mae (Weible) Preshinger. 

He was raised in Stanford with his older brother Henry V. (Hank). He graduated from Stanford High School in 1970. Ira attended college at MSU-Bozeman where he studied pre-law with an emphasis on history in 1971. Ira joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged in June of 1972.

On June 2, 1973 Ira married Alberta (Dee-Dee) Hughes. Together they raised four children Deb, Tara, Amanda and James. 

Ira worked for a few ranches and farms in Judith Basin County as well as Youderian Construction. He then decided to pursue a degree in Agri-Industrial Diesel Mechanics, graduating from the Helena Vo-Tech in 1982. 

Ira went to work as a diesel mechanic for John Deere in Chester, Montana, until 1983 returning to Dee-Dee’s family ranch, Hughes Livestock at Stanford, where he worked until 1996. Ira went to work as a diesel mechanic for John Deere in Havre until they went out of business in 1999. 

Ira began driving charter buses for Rimrock Stages in Billings and the family moved to Joliet. Ira drove over the road truck until his body couldn’t handle the long hours driving. He worked as a mechanic and eventually went back to driving bus. At the time of his death, he was driving bus for the Bridger School District. He drove a route as well as many sporting events. He thoroughly enjoyed driving the sports teams to their various events and was always one of their biggest fans.

Ira spent ten years as a councilman for the Town of Joliet. He wanted to be involved in the community and decision making for the betterment of the residents. He took his duties very seriously.

During his youth, Ira loved spending time at his Grandpa & Grandma Weible’s farm/ranch north of Geraldine. He always talked about the fruit orchard, helping with the cattle and Grandma Weible’s baking skills. Ira loved his family and friends. As a young man, he enjoyed hunting with his dad and brothers-in-law. He loved anything John Deere or Snap-On Tools. His collection is quite impressive. Ira enjoyed talking politics and history. He had a remarkable knack for names and dates. 

Ira had a very strong love for the Lord and very deep faith. He was a member of the Joliet Baptist Church. 

Ira is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his brother Henry V. (Hank) of Hillsboro, Oregon, his wife of 48 years Alberta (Dee-Dee) and special cocker spaniel Scout; four children Deb Tresch (Damian Deegan) of Benchland, Tara Preshinger (Eric Ritter) of Winnett, Amanda (Riley) DeWitt if Midwest, Wyoming, and James (Kristan) Preshinger of Joliet; four grandchildren Nichole (Tyler) Stidham of Hobson, Ricky (Jasmine) Fulbright Jr. of Helena, William Tresch of Benchland and Clay DeWitt of Midwest, Wyoming; four great grandchildren Lucy, Robert and Elizabeth Stidham of Hobson and Baby Boy Fulbright of Helena; a niece Twyla Lusk and family of San Antonio, Texas, nephews Duane Preshinger and family of Helena and Matthew Taves and family of Great Falls; numerous cousins from the Weible, Preshinger and Nichols families. 

A memorial service will be held at the Joliet Baptist Church on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. with a reception following. Inurnment will be at the Stanford Cemetery in Stanford, Montana, in the spring of 2022, date pending. Memorials can be made to the Joliet or Bridger FFA chapters mechanics programs or the charity of their choice.  Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge is handling the arrangements.