Joseph Neil Irvin, 92, of McLeansboro, died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Wabash Christian Retirement Center in Carmi.
He was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Broughton, the son of Wheeler Irvin and Roxie (Twigg) Irvin. He married Vera Rose Operchuck on Nov. 27, 1946, in Detroit, and she survives in McLeansboro.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Marilyn Holt and husband Daniel of Abilene, Kans., Cathy Black of McLeansboro and Teresa Roy of Evansville, Ind.; two sons, David Irvin and wife Sue of Sammammish, Wash. and Joel Irvin and wife Leigh of Farmington, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Claude, Max and Eugene Irvin; and sisters, Freda English and Aileen Kane.
Mr. Irvin was an Illinois State Police detective, employed by the State of Illinois. He was a member of First Baptist Church of McLeansboro. He loved farming, his dogs; loved being outdoors and all outdoor activities and most of all loved being with his family. He was a member of the Walpole Tuscan Lodge 630 Masonic Lodge. He was also a past member of the McLeansboro VFW Post 1671.
He was a veterans of the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, station in Guam.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro with the Rev. Mike Fields and the Rev. Mark Byars officiating. Interment will be in Hickory Hill Cemetery in Walpole. Graveside military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 106 in McLeansboro and a military honors team from Marion.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Harre Funeral Home in McLeansboro.
Harre Funeral Home of McLeansboro is in charge of all arrangements.