Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Donald L. Irving, 77, a resident of Princeton will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, 28200 – 226th St. Place, LeClaire, Iowa.
Father Joseph Wolf will be the celebrant. Visitation will be at the church Monday from 3:30-7 p.m. There will be additional visitation Tuesday morning before the Mass from 10-10:25 a.m.
Following Don’s wishes cremation rites will take place following the funeral. Private family burial will take place at a later date.
The Halligan – McCabe – DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Don passed away Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 at Genesis Medical Center East Rusholme following a battle with heart disease.
He was born November 2, 1933 in Tipton, Iowa a son of William James and Florence Edith (Andre) Irving. He was one of eight children born to the union and was lovingly referred to as “the runt or Uncle Runt”! He attended school in Tipton and Stanwood, and was a talented basketball player.
Don was proud to have served our country in the U.S Army from 1955 – 1957.
He was united in marriage to LaVonne Katherine Parker on July 10, 1953 in Davenport at Newcomb Presbyterian Church. They celebrated over 58 years of marriage.
He had been employed at J.I. Case in Bettendorf from March 1965 until the plant closing in 1987. He had also farmed throughout his life; farming was a passion and he cherished the farm that he and LaVonne had been fortunate to have acquired. He loved working the land, and raising livestock. Watching western movies and walking at the mall helped to occupy his free time.
He was a member of the church, and a twenty-five year plus member of the Lions Club and Moose Club. He also had been a volunteer Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, and a coach for the West Scott Baseball League.
Memorials can be made to the family for a future memorial in Don’s name.
Survivors include his wife, LaVonne; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dave and Beth, Dennis and Tracey, four grandchildren, Alyssa, Brett, Nick and Jessica; sisters, Betty Davis, Tipton, Dorothy Nost, Lisbon, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Horan, Billings, Montana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Donald Jr., two brothers, and three sisters.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Don’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.