Dennis “Denny” Irwin

September 06, 1941 ‒ April 07, 2009

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dennis “Denny” Irwin, age 67, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on September 6, 1941 in Lodi, Ohio to the late Ray and Mary (Hastings) Irwin. Denny served in the United States Army from 1960 to 1964. He was employed by Sprint, starting in accounting, then worked in the control center and retired as construction foreman in 2001 after thirty-five years of employment. Denny served as a volunteer fire fighter at Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Knox County Fair Board for 15 years.

Denny was a twenty-year member of the Mount Vernon Lions Club and held the title of Treasurer, Director, all Vice Presidents, Membership Chairman and President twice. He received the Lion of the Year award three times, Excellent Club President Award and three Club Appreciation Certificates. Denny also received the highest Lion’s award, the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. In District 13 K, he served as Assistant Zone Chair for 2 years and Zone Chair for 2 years. He was on the State and District Leadership Committee for 6 years. This culminated in too him being elected District 13 K Governor in 2007-2008. He has received many Lion’s International awards.

He is survived by his wife Betty (Jones) Bemiller Irwin, two sons, Troy (Dawn) Burghard of Evansville, Indiana, John (Susie) Irwin of Pine, Arizona, four step-children, Steve (Dixie) Bemiller of Howard, Greg (Teresa) Bemiller of Mount Vernon, Kim (Scott) Wilson of Dresden, Penny (Boone) Moran of Warsaw, four grandchildren, nine step grandchildren and two step great grandchildren.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Richard Irwin.

Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a Lion’s service will follow at 8 PM. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 AM at the funeral home. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club of Mount Vernon in care of Mary Bumpus, 1007 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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