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Ronald Robert Irwin

September 8, 1939 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Ronald Irwin Obituary

Ronald Robert Irwin, born September 8, 1939 and passed through Heaven’s gates on January 24, 2024. 

Devoted son to Robert and Meta Irwin; loving brother to Cliff Irwin. Survived in death by his wife of 54 years, Laurene Irwin; Daughter and Son-in-Law Audra and Dane Coulston; Daughter and Son-in-Law Sara and John Sommer; grandson Pierceson Irwin; granddaughters Lauren and Madeline Sommer and nieces Jodi Ryan, Lisa Olson and Lori Irwin and families.

Our Dad has an amazing story.  He was our “007” man of mystery; our hero; protector and wonderful husband and father.  He had a passion for life and lived with a purpose to serve God and his family.  As a kid we knew he was a class clown and boy scout. While earning his Bachelor of Science in Physics/minor in Mathematics at Sterling College, he was voted “Big Man on Campus”.  He loved pulling pranks on his friends and classmates.  He always enjoyed time and laughs with his younger brother Cliff and had no shortage of stories to tell in the company of friends and family.  

He served in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged with a rank of Sergeant in 1968.  While serving he was involved in several missions throughout the Vietnam conflict.  He earned an extremely high level of military clearance that allowed him to work with the astronauts at Brooks AFB, at NASA Houston; and on assignments in Area 51 and Los Alamos.  He was a true ”007” and we will never know all the details of that part of his life.

In 1969, Ron and Laurene were married and began their life together.  They eventually settled in San Antonio, TX.  He had a career at Ampex Corporation and Tektronix working as a consultant and retired in 2001. He was an avid golfer, playing every Saturday at 6am so he could be home by noon, and when not playing he was watching golf.  He loved competing in shooting competitions was an expert marksman occasionally riding with the New Mexico State Police while living in Albuquerque. He watched Westerns, such as John Wayne and other cowboy movies at every opportunity and would often fall asleep in his recliner but would say he was “resting his eyes”.  He loved music by Marty Robbins, John Denver and a long list of other great artists.   He was very involved in serving on church committees and with The Special Olympics.  He enjoyed the comradery and working with the athletes.  As a family, we enjoyed travelling for campouts, taking the travel trailer to the beach and other park sites and going abroad to Europe. 

Ron, Laurene, Audra and Pierceson moved to Sequin, TX to enjoy living on a quiet “gentleman’s” ranch for a few years.  He worked as a cowboy in Kansas during the summers, while attending Sterling College.  Moving to the country allowed him to recall that time as a cowboy working with cattle.  This timeframe holds very special memories for the grandchildren, as they loved having their Papa pull them on the riding mower trailer and running around in the yard. 

In 2014, Ron and Laurene retired to Carp Lake, Michigan purchasing the family home of his parents.  They became a part of the community quickly and enjoyed volunteering with the Historical Society, Church of the Straits and Dad became an honorary member of the Women’s club as he was always there to help with many of their functions.

He will be missed terribly and remembered with love and joy.  Rest in peace Dad. We love you.

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