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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Ira David Lawrence
October 20, 2006 - September 5, 2020

Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, Washington
Residence: Watford City, ND
Age: 13

Ira David Lawrence was born on October 20, 2006, in Mount Vernon, WA to Jesse and Julie Lawrence. He was the oldest son and best big brother to Simon, Asher, Jael, Ezra, and Renna Lawrence.
Ira was born into a large family on both sides. Jesse and Julie each had 8 siblings and the aunts, uncles and so many cousins added such joy to his life. He moved to Watford City, North Dakota when he was 2 and grew up not only surrounded by family, but in a close church family as well.
His favorite days included people and it was an added bonus if it was at the skate park. He also liked his slow days where he would give his full attention to his latest book. He loved to read! He kept a journal and it is a prize and a gift to his family. He was smart and enjoyed school and excelled at Latin! Ira’s quiet spirit was evident to all and his genuine smile won you over instantly. His wild hair, not unlike his dads, was accompanied by a soft heart and deep emotions. He was thoughtful and considerate, never wanting to take the last of the oatmeal or the last banana on the counter.
He took his role of big brother seriously and was a great help to his mom, keeping the house clean and getting after his brothers to do the same. His loving care for them was evident to all and his siblings loved and looked up to their big brother. He brought so much joy to the household, always teasing and wrestling his brothers, often frustrating his mother! He could also keep all of them in line in the church row on Sundays! One day, Ira was struggling with the messy house and Julie was mentioning that in heaven things will be perfect, things won’t be messy and you don’t have to worry about any of that. Ira had a look of longing on his face and said “I can’t wait to get to heaven.”
Ira loved Jesus. He exclaimed in his journal after church one day “Oh, how He sustains me!” Ira knew that “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
On Saturday, September 5th, Ira woke up early, excited to go to a birthday party with friends in neighboring Richland County, MT. They were enjoying the water on a sunny day, wading and walking in shallow water; seeing how far across the river they could go when the shallow water unexpectedly turned swift and deep, our lives were changed forever. While we mourn his loss we rejoice that he is with the One who knit him together in his mother’s womb and we who are joined together in Christ know that we will see him again one day.
Ira was preceded in death by his grandma Linda Marie Stiles and great grandparents John Harrell and Mamie Stiles, Frank and Alva Lawrence, and Harris and Gloria Cornelius.
Ira is survived by his parents, Jesse and Julie Lawrence and siblings Simon, Asher, Jael, Ezra, and Renna Lawrence. Grandparents, David and Mary Lawrence and Dean and Diane Stiles. Aunts and uncles Cori & Grayson Long, Rebekah & Dale Engebretson, Nicole & Shane Shannon, Levi & Rachel Lawrence, Laura & Joey Olson, David & Abigail Lawrence - all of Watford City, ND Amber & Brock Lindberg, Bozeman, MT and Karmen & Nicholas Baker, West Chester, PA Jason & Rhea Stiles, Chelan, WA Kristy Stiles, Yucca Valley, CA Bethany Stiles, Joshua Tree, CA Jeannette Stiles, Mount Vernon, WA Benson & Tessa Stiles, Sedro-Woolley, WA Kari Stiles, Mount Vernon, WA Marissa Stiles, Lyman, WA Kathryn Stiles, Sedro-Woolley, WA and an absolute abundance of cousins. His numerous cousins truly were one of his greatest joys and he enjoyed a special relationship with them.
Ira will be dearly missed by all who knew him but we are comforted that because he trusted in Christ, he is indeed in the presence of Christ, from this time forth and forevermore.

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Kandas Dettling Wold (Jamestown , ND)
Sep 13, 2020
Handsome young man. I am So Sorry for your tragic loss. GODs Peace and Comfort to all of you.
Bob and Patsy Muri
Sep 13, 2020
Dear Jesse and Julie,
Oh my my this is a difficult journey your foot has been set to embark upon. We do not understand exactly what you are personally going through, We simply cannot because we are not mom and dad to Ira. Only you and God alone know the depth of your shock and pain. As we look at his picture we see a happy, free spirited, healthy young man. You were the BEST parents in the world chosen for him! God bless you for being in-tune to Ira and guiding him through his 13 years of life. I know without a shadow of doubt that he was thinking about mom and dad and his family before he was taking his last breath. You helped him to hold on to Jesus as fear may have tried to grip his. You were with him to the very end. He wasn’t alone. Now you will shed lonely tears for Ira, and prideful tears for the journey he took to reach out and grab Jesus hand. What a soldier he was in those minutes. Hold on to those things.
We love you so much and care deeply from the bottom of our souls!
Kristy l ranch (Sidney, Montana)
Sep 13, 2020
I am sorry to hear about your loss
I am praying for the family and friends
Kristy ranch
Tony Hickel (Williston, ND)
Sep 14, 2020
Sorry for your loss.
John and Marlene Sandaker (Williston, ND)
Sep 14, 2020
Sending love and prayers for all the family!
Buffy Olson (Fairview , Mt)
Sep 14, 2020
I am so very sorry for your family's loss. Continued prayers.
Titus Stenberg (Watford City)
Sep 14, 2020
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18

May the memories of Ira bring you comfort in these difficult days ahead.
Alicia Diede (Watford City, ND)
Sep 14, 2020
To the all Lawrence family,
May you feel the strong and comforting refuge of God's arms in your time of unimaginable grief. Our great comfort in death is that, our loved one is in heaven with Jesus and all those who ran and completed the race before us. You will see Ira again.

John 16:22
So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
Kori Williams (Alexandria , Minnesota )
Sep 14, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for your family.
Gods blessings, Kori and Rob Williams
Faithe K Jenson (Grand Forks, ND)
Sep 15, 2020
All my love and prayers. there really are no words that will easy your heart ache in the coming days. Trust in God
"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed."
Revelation 21:4 ESV
Monica Haskin (Williston , ND)
Sep 15, 2020
I am so very sorry, I don’t have any words to rid you of your pain or to make the hurt go away. I do know that you all have gained a very special angel to comfort you. Cherish your memories and keep him close to your heart. Hugs & prayers.
Monica Haskin
Beth Beadle (Beulah , ND)
Sep 15, 2020
My heart hurts for you & your family in this time of grief. I am praying for God’s great love & mercy to be poured out on you & that He will wrap you all in His arms of grace & mercy. When my husband passed away the Lord gave me Nahum 1:7: The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, & He KNOWS those who take refuge in Him. It brought me comfort & I hope it does the same for y’all.
Marla Knutson (Williston, ND)
Sep 15, 2020
No words can express the sorrow of losing Ira. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. God has another angel with him now.
Lora Higdon (Sacramento , California )
Sep 15, 2020
My heart goes out to the Lawrence family and all the cousins, aunts and uncles of this beautiful young man, Ira. I will keep you all in my prayers and I send you all my love.
Lesa Gowing (Alexander, North Dakota)
Sep 16, 2020
Jesse and Julie we pray you feel the Holy Spirits arms as they wrap around you. We pray peace floods over your broken hearts. We love you!

We also pray for all the rest of the family as you go through this very difficult time!

Please let us know if you need anything!
Iona Hystad Loken (Velva, North Dakota)
Sep 16, 2020
I was so sorry to learn of the tragedy and loss of your son, David. I also extend my sympathy to the Lawrence family in the recent death of Alan. May the love and memories of happy times comfort and console you. Iona Hystad Loken
Peggy Lowery & Helen Petrich (Arvada, CO)
Sep 16, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Katie Phillips (Sheridan, Wyoming )
Sep 24, 2020
I am so sorry for the loss of Ira. He was such a handsome boy and my heart breaks for his parents, siblings, cousins, and all the knew and loved him. I wish I could have gotten to know my cousin, or at the very least meet him, before he passed along, but I have no doubt that I will be able to one day.
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