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Obituaries: April 2, 2021


Ira O. Isham
Ira Orlando Isham, 45, of Nett Lake, also affectionately known as “son, sonny, burrito, burrits”, passed away at home on Thursday, March 25, 2021.   A Traditional Wake was held on Saturday, March 27 at the Bois Forte Government and Services Center. A Traditional Service was held on Sunday, March 28, also at the Bois Forte Government and Services Center.  Spiritual Leader was Alan Hardee and Spiritual Advisor was Gene Goodsky. Pallbearers were Lewis Strong, Lance Hill, Joe Whiteman, David Morrison Jr., Marcus Knife Chief, Tony Mason, Jerry Goggleye and Charles “Chuck” Graue. Honorary pallbearers were Drayvin “Drags” Isham, Ira “Dory” Isham, Jaylen Strong, Corey Strong, Ira “Pete” Isham and Edward “Tuddies” Isham.
Arrangements were with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook. 
Ira was born in Littlefork on Nov. 4, 1975, to Ira “Pete” and Doris (Day) Isham. He grew up in Nett Lake and graduated from Orr High School in 1994. Ira attended college at Mesabi Range and BSU to pursue a degree in computer technology. He had an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for computers and technology, and anything science or history based. He was the proud owner of “North Country Computers” for numerous years and was also employed at the Nett Lake School and the Bois Forte Tribal Government as a computer/IT specialist.
Ira enjoyed the outdoors, guiding, hunting, and spending time with his father doing the same. He also enjoyed playing pool, spicy foods, working on cars, and golfing. He had a love for music and his best times were spent fishing off the dock with his boys. His life touched the lives of many through his witty sense of humor, his loyalty, and his good-hearted spirit. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Ira is survived by his parents, Ira “Pete” and Doris Isham; lifelong partner, Sheryl; sons, Drayvin “Drags” and Ira “Dory” Isham; sisters, Teresa (Marcus) Knife Chief and Billie (Dean) Isham; nieces and nephews, Corey, Jaylen and Sasha Strong, Marissa (Mason) Rose, Felicia Mason and Chelsea (Mason) Winans; great-grandnieces, Kyrie and Isla; and great-grandnephews, Kamron and Chance.