William “Bill” Henry Irwin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Rev. J. Walter and Nelle Irwin on July 15, 1942. He passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019, surrounded by family at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of seventy-six.
Bill started school in Morgan Hill, California, moved to Eskridge, Kansas, and then graduated from Miami High School near Amoret, Missouri. He graduated from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas in 1965 and continued his education receiving his Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Emporia State Teacher’s College in Emporia, Kansas. Bill worked as a teacher and coach for six years before turning to the automobile industry. He was involved in rebuilding cars and managing the Ford Body Shop in Denison, Iowa.
On June 10, 1966, Bill married Mary Ann Miller in Wilson, Kansas. They moved to Denison, Iowa, in 1967 where they raised their family together. Bill was an active member and served as an Elder in the Denison United Presbyterian Church, was a member of their Harvester’s group and was church treasurer. Bill enjoyed reading, working on cars, spending time with family, playing cards, traveling, water skiing and especially attending his grandchildren’s activities.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings, Dr. Glenn Irwin, Rev. John Irwin and Rev. David Irwin; and an infant daughter, Julie Irwin. Bill is survived by his loving spouse, Mary Ann; his children, Robert and his wife, Sharon, and Judith and her husband, Mark; one brother, Dr. James “Jim” and his wife, Francie; one sister-in-law, Peg; seven grandchildren: Seth and his wife, Jennyfer, Jacob, Amber, Mariah, Megan, Lucas and Cole; two great-grandchildren, Lynnex and Lukas; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.