Flowers of the Forest

Gordon Robert Irwin

10/1/23 - 10/10/14

Gordon Robert Irwin, age 91, Leander, Texas, died at home on October 10, 2014. He was born on October 1, 1923 in Montclair, New Jersey to Grace Weber Irwin and Robert Leonard Irwin. He is survived by his son, Robert B. Irwin and his grandchildren, Robert D. and Christopher F. Irwin. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Jenne Brown Irwin, his second wife, Amy Berger Fitzpatrick, and his brother, Winston Leonard Irwin.

In 1941 Gordon attended Texas A&M University until he volunteered for service in the U.S. Army in WWII. He served with the Recon Troop of the 96th Infantry Division and fought in the Pacific , participating in the battles at Leyte, Okinawa and the Philippines. He received B.S. Degree with the College of Business and Public Administration from the U. of Maryland where he met the love of his life, Jeanne Claire Brown, married in Houston in 1950, later returned to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army for 26 years, retiring in 1972 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Gordon enjoyed many years of retirement with Jeanne, building custom fishing rods, playing tennis, volunteering with the local Episcopal Church and traveling in the U.S. and abroad until Jeanne’s death in 2002.

Later, Gordon married widow, Amy Berger Fitzpatrick, moved to Florida, and enjoyed spending time with his step children. He was initiated as a Freemason in 1959 and was member of the Kentucky Chapter #134 National Sojourners.

John Marshall Rhoads, Jr

John Marshall Rhodes, Jr.

3/6/22 – 7/17/14

John M. Rhoads, Jr., 92, of Maumelle, Arkansas, departed from this life to meet Jesus on July 17, 2014 following a long, exhausting battle with declining health. Our beloved was born John Marshall Rhoads, Jr., the middle child in a family of five, to John Marshall Rhoads, Sr. and Martha John (Erwin) Rhoads on March 6, 1922 in Malvern, Arkansas.

Childhood and teenage years were spent growing up in Malvern where he graduated from Malvern High School in 1940. With war looming on the horizon, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps before being called into the military service. Following basic training, his group of Army Air Force inductees spent their war years at the 389th Bomb Group at Hethel AFB in northeast England, where he served as company clerk.

Back in the States at the close of the war, he joined many other returning GI’s attending college under the GI Bill, at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, graduating in 1950, with a bachelors degree in Business Administration.

Military life was still attractive, so he attended ROTC in college and was commissioned a brand-new second lieutenant in the newly created branch of the military services, the U.S. Air Force. His career included service at several U.S. installations stateside as well as duty in Korea and a second tour of duty at High Wycombe AFS in England. This period also included time at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio for John to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he earned his masters degree in Business Administration.

During his military career as well as in retirement, John spent much of his life in service at the churches he attended where he served as an ordained deacon, Sunday school teacher, pianist and any job he could do.

John cheered his family, friends and co-workers with his friendly, outgoing personality. Strangers quickly became friends. He was selfless, giving, truthful, faithful, loyal, witty and thorough. He always placed others before himself in every facet of his life from meals and comfort to support. He was very organized at keeping records, both personal and business. As he spent most of his career working with computers from their infancy to the super computers now available, he was extremely computer literate from email and word processing to online banking. To him, no computer was fast enough and no keyboard or printer behaved as he wished.

Preceding him in death are his parents and three siblings, William Rhoads, Samuel Rhoads and Clara Sue Murray. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mildred Kistner (Oliver) Rhoads, daughter Roxane Tackett (husband R. David) of Maumelle, grandchildren Matthew Tackett of North Little Rock, Benjamin Tackett and Jennifer Tackett of Maumelle, sister Martha Ann Montgomery of Cabot and many nieces and nephews.

LYNN RUTHIE IRVING (nee Treleaven)

8/5/39 – 8/8/14

At 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 8, 2014 at home, 3 days after her 75th birthday celebration, our dearest Lynn took two short breaths and flew off to be with Jesus in great peace. Friends will be received at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave, E. Scarborough, 9Ontario) Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9. Interment Highland Memory Gardens. Published in the Toronto Star on Aug 11, 2014.

Robert L. “Bob” Irving Jr.

3/3/30 – 9/2/14

Robert L. “Bob” Irving Jr., longtime Pendleton, Oregon, resident and longtime Clan Irwin Association Member, died Tuesday, September 2, 2014, in Pendleton. He was 84 years old. Bob is buried at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton.

He was born March 3, 1930, to Elsie and Robert Irving in Roseburg, Oregon, attended Oregon State University where he was a member of the OSU ROTC Pershing Rifle Regiment and attained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree. He then enlisted in the National Guard Army Reserve and served on active duty from 1954 to 1956.

He married Barbara Maurine Wilson in San Francisco on June 30, 1962 and lived in Tacoma & Eugene, Washington and Milton-Freewater, Oregon before settling in Pendleton in 1971.

He had worked as a draftsmen, an industrial equipment repairman, he did combine assembly for PGG, and ran combines in the summer months for friends. He was an instructor of agriculture mechanics at Blue Mountain Community College where he was affectionately known to students as “Uncle Bob.” He taught at BMCC for twenty years, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of the Pendleton United Methodist Church, involved with the NRA, the Pilot Rock Gun Club and the Pendleton Police Reserve. He served on the Pendleton Library Board and was an avid reader. He was member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and a private pilot. He loved fishing in Alaska and hunting with his sons and grandchildren and he loved tart lemon pie.

Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara Irving; sons Jim and Ben Irving; daughter Martha King; a brother, David Bruce Irving, five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elsie Irving, and a brother, Ben Irving. We wish to thank C.I.A. Member John Wilson Irving for providing this information at the request of Bob’s wife Barbara. John told us, “Bob and I are first cousins. His dad, Robert Sr. and my dad John Annandale Irving were brothers.”

John F Kircher

John M Kircher

1/31/29 - 1/30/14

John F. Kircher, beloved husband of Clan Irwin member passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 30, 2014, one day before his 85th birthday. He was born in Athens, Ohio, on January 31, 1929 and was raised in Gallipolis and Middleport. He was preceded in death by his father, John E. Kircher, mother, Katherine Bovie, and sister, Katherine J. Bonnell. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Patricia, beloved children, Katherine Rich, John D. (Marilyn), Pamela, and Carol Brooker (Michael). He is survived by and most proud of his seven grandchildren, Dr. Megan Rich Green (Benjamin), Erin Rich, Colin Rich, John K. Kircher, Irena Kircher, David Brooker, Esq, and Daniel Brooker. Also surviving are two great grandchildren, Gwendolyn and Quinlan Green. John graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in 1950 and a Master of Science in 1951. He married his college sweetheart, Patricia, on September 2, 1951 after which they began married life in Syracuse, New York. He completed his PhD at Syracuse University in 1955. John was employed at Battelle Memorial Institute for 37 years as a nuclear chemist, retiring in 1994 with his final assignment spent in Amarillo, Texas, for the Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation. John served as the Founding Chairman of the Old Worthington Architectural Review Board. He and his wife were the proud owners and restorers of the Turk-Gilkey House where they lived for 23 years. John had the joy of flying with his friend , George Burk in his Cessna 180 up to Rankin Inlet on Hudson Bay. He made numerous trips to Wyoming with family members for the fall antelope hunt. John and Pat loved to travel covering most of the U.S. including Hawaii and Alaska. They enjoyed Russia, Greece, and Egypt. One exceptional trip was to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. They traveled in the Caribbean and Mexico, much of Europe, especially England. John enjoyed several Clan trips to Scotland, the Orkneys and Ireland as he found many new Clan Friends.