MAPLETON – Dana W. Ireland “Mountain Man,” 81, went to be with his Lord, Saturday, March 3, 2012, at a Presque Isle hospital. He was born Jan. 28, 1931, in Mapleton, the son of Millard and Abigail (Archer).
Dana served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked at SAD 1 as a school bus driver and custodian for 25 1/2 years. He served in the Mapleton Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years. Dana loved the outdoors, loved to hunt and fish, loved to sing, was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed working as a handyman. He was a member of Mapleton Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and soloist in the choir.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Winnifred (Littlefield) Ireland of Mapleton; three sons and their wives, Michael and Betty of West Chapman, Wayne and Jill of Mapleton and Mark and Judy of West Chapman; a daughter, Penny LeBlanc and her husband, Ben, of Mapleton; nine grandchildren, Melanie Duncan and husband, Joshua, Rachel Boulier and husband, Gordie, Matthew and wife, Kaci (Murchison), Jasmine, Abigail, Lucas, Shawn, Shane and Benjamin; four great-grandchildren, Samantha and Brayden Boulier, Mason Ireland and Samuel Duncan, several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Leland and Roy; and six sisters, Virginia Bagley, Nettie Wilcox, Leola Carpenter, Laura St. Peter, Eva Jackson and Rena Turner.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mapleton Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Phelps officiating. Spring interment with military honors will be at Southside Cemetery, Mapleton. Those who wish may donate in his memory to Mapleton Baptist Church, Box 208, Mapleton, ME 04757. Online condolences may be expressed at