September 23, 2016
Glenn W. Irwin, age 86, of Marysville, died Friday, September 23, 2016 at Memorial Gables.
Born February 4, 1930 in Hamilton, Ohio to Raymond Dollarhide and Clara Elizabeth (Wilkins) Irwin, he was graduated with honors from Hamilton Ross High School in 1947 and won a scholarship to attend The Ohio State University, where he earned a B.S. in agriculture in 1951. Having completed an enlistment in the Counter Intelligence Corps of the United States Army, he embarked upon a career in dairy farming that would span more than a quarter century and include service on both the Union County and Ohio Farm Bureau boards.
His career as a public servant was similarly lengthy. During his five terms as Union County Commissioner (1977 – 1997), he was instrumental in attracting Honda to locate its North American manufacturing operations near Marysville, securing additional property for county offices, and establishing the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. He also served on the boards of the Marysville Public Library and the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District and as the alumni representative on the dean’s search committee for the OSU College of Agriculture.
He was wholly dedicated to his church and community and will be long remembered for his extensive volunteer work and unceasing civic engagement. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, where he led youth fellowship, taught Sunday school, and served as elder, trustee, deacon, and president of the congregation. His keen interest in the past led him to co-author a centennial history of the Union County Courthouse and to support the Union County Historical Society, while his concern for the elderly manifested itself in years of volunteer work for Memorial Hospital Mobile Meals.
His hobbies included reading, chair caning, woodworking, and mowing the grass. He also played the euphonium and cello and participated in many instrumental ensembles and pit orchestras.
Above all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Hesse, he is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Celia Dye Irwin, whom he married April 6, 1952 at the Baptist Church in Carpenter, Ohio; by his children, Margi (John) Moriarty of Westerville, Paul Irwin of Marysville, David (Sue) Irwin of Marysville, Jane (Eric Mak) Irwin of Hilliard, and Raymond (Dawn) Irwin of Columbus; by 14 grandchildren, Megan (Philip) Marosi, Jamie Moriarty, Shane Irwin, Natalie (Dan) Cochran, Amy (Greg) Scott, Allison Louden, Jacob (Samantha) Irwin, Joshua Irwin, Jeremy Mak, Joseph Mak, Joy Mak, Elizabeth Mak, Alexander Irwin and Celia Irwin; by a great-grandson, Brady Cochran; by his sisters-in-law, Lucy Baumgardner, Dawn Walker and Mary (Peter) Kepner; and by many nieces and nephews, other relatives, and numerous friends.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, The Rev. Sally Robinson and The Rev. John M. Groat officiating. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers and burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery with military honors. A luncheon at the Presbyterian Church’s Kennedy Hall will follow graveside services. Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Hospital Mobile Meals or the First Presbyterian Church of Marysville. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwood16.wpengine.com.
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