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

  • To the family of Virgil. Peace and comfort in your memories left by a wonderful family. Prayers for strength as you deal with life. I am so sorry for your loss

  • Sorry to hear of Virgil’s death. He was a great friend. Enjoyed discussing cars with him.
    Jane and I also enjoyed winters in Florida with Pearl and Virgil.

    Sympathy to the family

  • God be with you and hold you close. Virgil was a special part of our community. Special prayers for sweet Pearl.

  • Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Virgil was a dear, dear fellow—a wonderful member of our church family, and will be missed. May God bless you with strength and comfort in the days ahead.

  • Hugs and prayers to the Irwin family. Hold on and share your memories in the days ahead. So sorry for your loss.

  • We were sorry to hear about Virgil. Our prayers are with your family. They were such nice people.
    Cody and Janet Bedwell

  • So sorry to hear of Virgil’s passing he was a great person and will truly be missed by many

  • My sincere condolences to Keith , Kevin and all the Irwin family, I remember your Dad from our ballgames and FFA , our prayers for peace and comfort in the days to come .

  • My prayers and thoughts are with you Kevin and Keith. May God bless you and the family with peace and comfort .

  • Pearl and family:

    We are so sorry about Virgil’s death. He was such a wonderful person. Always had a smile on his face. Always so caring. Always so nice to visit with. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  • So sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is not easy but be strong and each day will get better. God bless.

  • Our sympathy in the passing of Virgil. He was a great example of God’s love.
    Always a friendly smile or word to share. May the Lord give you peace and
    strength as you walk through this journey. Enjoy the fruit of his labor. Cherish
    the memories. May the Lord uplift and comfort Pearl in his absence.

    Dale and Marsha Crawford

  • So sorry for your loss. Sorry I didn’t know this until today when Kevin and Martha told me at work. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. God Bless.

  • So sorry for your loss. Virgil was a wonderful man and I knew him when we both worked @ HPM. Always a smile for everyone. God bless his family with many, many memories of his goodness while on this earth.

    Judy (Rogers) DeIuliis

  • Keith,
    Sorry to hear about your father. I always enjoyed speaking with Virgil and Pearl. Always had a smile on their faces and shared kind words.
    Great memories of him when I would spend the night on your farm.
    God Bless and be strong.