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Ira N. Musgrave, age 92, formerly of Fairfield, IL, Golconda, IL and Paducah, KY, passed away on July 21, 2015 at Baptist Health Hospital in Paducah, Ky. He was known to his friends and family as “Junior”. He was born at home on July 19, 1923 in Burnt Prairie, IL, the son of Ira N. Musgrave Sr. and Viola Pearl (Simpson) Musgrave. He attended elementary school in Burnt Prairie and graduated from Fairfield Community High School with the class of 1942. He was a veteran of World War II and served with the Navy on the USS Barnes aircraft carrier in the South Pacific. He was Superintendent of the City of Fairfield Water Department until 1979 having worked for 28 years. He later worked in maintenance for Frontier Community College and retired in December of 1986. He enjoyed the great outdoors fishing, camping and hunting. However, music was his passion. An accomplished musician, he played the mandolin most of his life. He performed with various road bands over the years; among them, a group called “The Wabash Playboys”. His favorite music was a mix of instrumentals, waltzes, rags, gospel and the “old” songs. He married Jeanette Jesop on August 3, 1947. They were married 44 years until her death in 1991. He later moved to Golconda, IL to be with special companion, LaDonna Martin, who was an accomplished pianist. Together they entertained and played for various churches and civic functions in the area. He is survived by a son, Ron Musgrave (Joanie) of Darby, Montana; a daughter, Penny (Nolan) Simpson of Paducah, KY; two grandchildren, Angela Schipp (Heath) of Paducah, KY and Travis Simpson (Leslie) of Hamel, IL; three great grandchildren . He is also survived by John David Spivey with whom he maintained a grandfatherly relationship. Funeral services for Ira N. Musgrave was held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday July 25, at the Johnson & Vaughn Funeral Home in Fairfield, IL. Visitation was held from 12:30 p.m. to time of funeral. Burial followed at West Antioch cemetery near Mill Shoals.