John L. Irwin, 84, of Strasburg, passed away peacefully into his Savior’s arms following a brief illness. He spent the last day of his life doing what he loved most, talking and being with his wife and children, as he enjoyed being surrounded by his family.
John had many interests throughout his life including driving and showing his antique and classic cars, researching parts for their restoration, and keeping with his love of transportation, he collected antiques and collectible model cars and tractors. He also enjoyed traveling and taking road trips to explore new places.
Following his own advice, “You only get out of life what you put into it,” he put a lot into life. He enjoyed his hobbies, visiting with family and friends and striking up conversations with complete strangers, who often turned into friends and adventures of their own.
He was a member of the Hershey Region Antique Auto Club of America (AACA), Model A Club, Red Rose Antique Car Club and the National Railway Historical Society.
John was a lifelong member of Middle Octorara Church where he served as a Deacon.
John served in the U S Navy.
He worked at the former Sperry New Holland, retiring in the 1990s.
John was the son of the late Jesse and Bertha (McGuigan) Irwin. He was the husband of JoAnn Mendenhall Irwin for 59 years.
John was proud of his family. He will live on forever in the memories of his loving wife, JoAnn of Strasburg; and his children: Ron married to Deb (Pleger) Irwin, Lancaster; Deb Wilkins, companion of Charles Childers, Lititz; Karen Stere married to Jeff, Lancaster; Cheryl Irwin-Bass married to Brad, Lancaster; and Randy married to Gloria (Gamble) Irwin, Lancaster; eight grandchildren: Mike married to Allison (Ihde) Irwin; John married to Melissa (Weinhold) Irwin; Eric married to Jade (Chapman) Wilkins; Nicole wife of Todd Byers; Chrissy wife of Joe Kihm; Ashley Stere, fiancée of Kirk Shertzer; Justine Stere; and Grant Irwin. He will be missed by his six great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister Jean, wife of George Crouse, Quarryville and a brother, Richard Irwin married to Mary, New Providence. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jesse Irwin.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, July 6 from 6 to 8 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA. Funeral service will be held at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, Quarryville, PA, on Monday, July 7 at 11 AM with Rev. Douglas M. Hileman officiating. There is a viewing one hour before the service. Interment in the Quarryville Cemetery immediately following the service.
Please omit flowers. The family encourages friends and family to make a donation to the charity of their choice in John’s name.