Ira L. Partridge

WILLIAMSBURG - Ira L. Partridge, 56, of Toano, died May 20, 2014. The Nelsen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. He was born November 14, 1957 in Honolulu, HI to Robert I. and Bessie J. Partridge. Ira married Gabriele Zelt on March 18, 1988. Ira proudly served his country while serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years. His duty stations were in Fort Lee, VA, Mannheim, Germany, Fort Lewis, WA and Fort Knox, KY. He retired to Huntsville, AL in 2002. His ambitions to serve his fellow soldiers after retirement from the Army brought him back to Virginia. His motto: "My reward will be measured by the lethality of the Tank Crews I've trained and the Battlefield damage they inflict!" He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his wife, "Gaby"; daughter, Caitlin; son, Max; mother, Bessie Partridge of Gulfport, MS; two brothers, Walter (Tanoa) Partridge of Benson, AZ and Robert Partridge of Kaneohe, HI; three sisters, Jean Chadwick of Rancho Cordova, CA, Janice (Chester) McCammon of Gulfport, MS and Lois Sullivan of Mesa, AZ; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 30 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. Interment will follow at Williamsburg Memorial Park. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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Nelsen Funeral Home - Williamsburg
3785 Strawberry Plains Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 565-1141

Published in Virginia Gazette on May 28, 2014