Virgil L. Irwin
March 05, 1925 ‒ September 05, 2017
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Virgil L. Irwin, age 92, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, September 5, 2017, at his residence.
He was born on March 5, 1925, in Galion, OH, to the late Raymond and Lucille (French) Irwin.
Virgil left school to join the United States Army during World War II. While serving his country, Virgil was stationed in Korea where he worked his way up to Staff Sargent. Later in life, the Army gave back to Virgil and helped him obtain his High School GED.
In 1946, Virgil married the love of his life, Pearl M. Black whom survives. Over the years Virgil has been devoted to Pearl. For many years, both Virgil and Pearl have enjoyed spending winters together in Florida. The past few years have been especially trying times as his wife began experiencing Alzheimer’s and his devotion to her only grew stronger.
Virgil loved to work. He worked 23 years at ITT North Electric. Virgil later went on to work over 17 years with HPM of which he retired from. When Virgil wasn’t at his day job, he was tending to the farm. Virgil has been a lifelong farmer and over the years had raised pigs, cattle and farmed grain.
His early years were filed with participating in the Pork Producers Association and the Farm Bureau. Virgil was a member of the Williamsport United Methodist Church and appreciated the lifelong friendship of the wonderful people there. As a Veteran, Virgil was active with the American Legion Jenkins Vaughan Post 97. Virgil also was a master mason at the Masonic Lodge #206 for over 50 years.
Virgil had a gift for making new friends. He never knew a stranger and often would be the first to strike up a conversation. Most importantly, Virgil was a family man. He worked hard his whole life to provide for his family and enjoyed doing so.
Virgil will be dearly missed by his wife of 71 years, Pearl; sons: Kevin (Martha) Irwin of Mount Gilead and Keith (Mari Jo) Irwin of West Chester; grandchildren: Joshua (Jess) Irwin, Jana (Michael) Worner, Jennifer (Matthew) Bishop, Jeremy Irwin, Kyle Irwin, and Michael Irwin; and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and numerous brothers and sisters.
Virgil’s family will greet friends from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead) A Masonic service will follow. Services honoring Virgil’s life will be held there on Monday, September 11, 2017at 11 AM. Burial will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Williamsport United Methodist Church.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Virgil’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.