After serving as a part of the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II, he was employed as an electrician by U.S Steel in Gary, Ind., until his retirement, when he and his wife began a business which allowed them to travel together. He lived in Cleveland for the past 10 years.
He found faith in Christ while in the Baptist denomination and as an adult served the Lord in Nazarene, Assemblies of God and Church of God congregations. Most recently he attended the Peerless Road Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Dearing Irwin, after 61 years of marriage; and his parents, Albert Ray and Hazel Demasters Irwin.
Survivors include his children: Bobbie Brinson of Indianapolis, Lynn Alderman of Cleveland, and Mary Gambill and husband, Roger, of Kearneysville, W.Va.; sister, Helen Elizabeth “Beth” Noak of Crown Point, Ind.; grandchildren: Kerri Brinson Morris and husband, Daniel, of Indianapolis, Julie Brinson Dutcher and husband, Roger, of Plainfield, Ind., Rob Alderman and Ken Alderman and wife, Jaime, all of Cleveland, Herbert Ray Gambill of Tampa, Fla., Krisina Gambill Ward of Kearneysville, W.Va., and Elizabeth Peleaz of Tampa, Fla.; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at noon in the chapel of Grissom Funeral Home with William Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in Chattanooga National Cemetery with military honors.
His family will receive friends on Friday from 10 to noon at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Irwin family guest book at www.grissomfh.net.