Enid News and Eagle
Funeral service for Virgil Brown Irwin will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at First Christian Church, Aline, with Pastor Polly Young officiating. Burial will follow in Aline Star Cemetery, Aline, with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Helena. Viewing will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today with the family present from 7-9. (www.lanmanmemorials.com)
Virgil was born Aug. 29, 1916, in Aline to Fred Grady Irwin and Etta Isabelle Brown Irwin and passed from this life on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his home in Aline.
Virgil lived in this area his entire life. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945, being in combat for 513 days in the European Campaign. He attained the rank of master sergeant and received the following medals: Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal, American Defense Service Ribbon, EAME Service Ribbon, one Silver Service Star, one Bronze Star and one Bronze Arrowhead.
Virgil married Ila Maxine Thomas Jan. 4, 1943, and to this union, three children were born, Larry, Joetta and Steve.
He was a member of Aline Christian Church, Kiner-Ryel American Legion Post, American Angus Association, Quarter Horse Association and Aline Chamber of Commerce.
He started making soup for the Fall Fair in 1946, and continued for many years. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years and a strong supporter of 4-H and FFA.
Survivors include Virgil’s children, daughter-in-law, Pat Irwin of Aline; Joetta Jackson and husband Rick of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Steve Irwin and wife Lori of Aline; grandchildren, Kevin Cy and wife Katie, Kim Beam and husband Buck, Kristie Robinson and husband Scott, Amanda Budimlya and husband Josh, Jamin Jackson, Amber Bhatt and husband Sam, Stefanie Dixon and husband Kevin, Mike Irwin and wife Richele, and Jeff Irwin; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Paige, Kassie, Jake, Kristopher, Allyson “Ally”, Alexis, Emma, Ryker, Kelsey, Jordan, Irelinde, Isabella “Izzy”, Liam, Tell, Teton and Brandon.
Those who preceded Virgil in death include his wife, Ila; son, Larry Cy; his parents; and siblings, Ollie Fred Irwin, Wanda Moser, Clyde Irwin, Audrea Mae King and Jimmie Irwin.
Memorials may be given to Aline Christian Church, Aline Fire Department or Aline Senior Center through the funeral home.
(Submitted by family)