Frederick Lawrence Irwin, 77, a resident of Elkins, departed this life March 30, 2013. After a hard fought battle with cancer, he passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family.
He was born July 18, 1935, at Elkins, a son of the late John and Mabel Simmons Irwin.
On June 18, 1960, he married the love of his life, Mary Lou Hayes, who survives. They celebrated 52 years of marriage.
He is survived by seven children, two sons, Greg Irwin of Valley Bend and Tim Irwin of Elkins; and five daughters, Tammy Anderson and husband, Jack, of Elkins, Brenda Carr and husband, Terry, of Elkins, Kathy Weese and husband, Leo, of Elkins, Beth Long and husband, Joe, of Tigheview and Cyndee Dilly and husband, Shawn, of Elkins. Sixteen grandchildren, Joshua McDowell of Fort Shaw, Mont., Miranda Shaffer and husband, Justin, of Biloxi, Miss., Mallory, Brant and Ethan Carr of Martinsburg, William Irwin of Belington, Torie Irwin of Valley Bend, Mikayah Irwin of Elkins, Gary Brown and wife, Cindy, of Elkins, Samantha Casas and husband, Robert, of Nitro, Kaleb Irwin of Elkins, Mary Beth and Marissa Long of Tigheview and Sommer, Dylan and Levi Dilly of Elkins; three stepgrandchildren, Amy Anderson of Morgantown, Clarissa Weese of North Carolina, and Hunter Weese of Elkins, six great grandchildren, Jacqie and Carter McDowell of Montana, Gavin and Ariella Brown of Elkins and Brayden and Amara Casas of Nitro; two brothers, Gary Irwin and wife, Rosemary, of True and Jim Irwin and wife, Frances, of Gap Mills; two sisters-in-law, Jan and Geneva Irwin, both of Elkins, as well as lifelong friends, Charlie Wilburn and H.L. Duggan, also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bill, Bob and John Irwin; and one sister, Peg Irwin.
He graduated from Elkins High School in 1953 where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He held records for pole vaulting and competed at the state level. He was a member of Elkins High School Alumni Association and served on the committee for the class of 1953 reunions. He attended Potomac State College. Fred proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1956. He was honorably discharged as a corporal and was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League. He was employed by Monongahela Power Co. as the lead garage mechanic and retired after 39 years of service. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and a supporter of Elkins High School athletics, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family. After retirement, he enjoyed family trips, camping and spending time at his winter home in South Carolina.
Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, from the funeral home chapel with James Irwin officiating. Interment will follow in American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery near Cravensdale where full military honors will be accorded at the gravesite by members of Leland D. Crawford Detachment 956 Marine Corps League, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care Corp., 169 Diamond St., Elkins, WV 26241, in memory of Mr. Irwin. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Frederick Lawrence Irwin. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.