So sorry to learn of Mike's death. I remember when he traveled with Central Surveys. I can remember running into him and Jim Winegardner someplace when I was a student at Creighton. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Michael "Mike" Allen Irvin, son of George Elton and Francis Isabelle (Roberts) Irvin, was born on December 30, 1939 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on May 3, 2019 at his home in Shenandoah at the age of 79.
Mike's early life was spent in Shenandoah. He graduated from Shenandoah High School with the class of 1957. After high school he attended Iowa Western Community College. He worked as a butcher at Brannen's Grocery Store from 1956-1962. He joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1962. Also, in 1962 he became an field interviewer for Central Surveys. He worked his way up to Vice President before retiring in 2007.
Mike was united in marriage to Connie Marie Adams on August 14, 1971 in Coin, Iowa. They lived in Coin until 2007 when they moved to Shenandoah. Mike was a former mayor of Coin and was a member of the Coin United Methodist Church.
He was an avid reader and loved RAGBRAI trips, playing tennis and going to Iowa Hawkeye football games for 30 plus years and attended 16 bowl games.
Mike was an amazing friend and colleague. He gladly provided endless rides to Omaha for doctor appointments or to the airport for anyone in need of transportation. He loved having coffee and lunch with treasured friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Elton and Francis Irvin, sister; Delores Brooks, brothers; Gordon, Lowell and Larry Irvin, and nephew; Randy Irvin.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife Connie Irvin of Shenandoah; brothers, Chuck (Joan) Irvin and Dick (JoDayle) Irvin both of Shenandoah; nieces and nephews; Julie (Joe) Denhart of Shenandoah, Jerry (Mary Jo) Josephson of Shenandoah, Terrie (Dan) Norris of Kansas City, MO, Diane (Dennis) Liljedahl of Essex, IA, Stephanie (Joe) Weaver of Omaha, NE, Amy (Al) Zimmerer of Bellevue, NE and Doug (Michelle) Irvin of Simsbury, CT; and many beloved great and grand nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Memorial visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Private family inurnment will be held at the Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Public Library, Shenandoah Historical Museum or the Coin United Methodist Church.
In earlier years Mike road a bike on the annual bike ride
across Iowa, known as RAGBRAI. In later years as in 2011,
he went along as biker support/driver and enjoyed visiting
with many people along the bike route. Pedal on Mike!
(Photos taken in 2011, RAGBRAI XXXIX)
Connie, Linda and I were sorry to read about Mike's passing. It was always so enjoyable when the two of you would stop by the store and we could catch up about what was happening in Shenandoah or which game you were headed to next. The conversations were great and indeed gave us a lot of insight into what a great guy you had there. Our thoughts to your entire family.
I have many fond memories of Mike. The earliest ones were when I started teaching with his wife, Connie, at South Page Schools. Mike always came to events at the school - and gave lots of encouragement and praise to the youngsters he supported. Mike's life centered around what he could do to make others happy. Whenever I would see Mike, he asked about everyone in my family. He truly wanted to know and cared about the people that were in my life. Mike was my son Evan's Godfather. He came to birthday parties, sent cards, and attended so many of Evan's activities. He always gave of his time and showed interest in what Evan, and his younger brother, Isaac were involved with. I feel thankful and blessed to have known Mike. My heartfelt condolences to Connie and all of Mike's family and friends. He will be missed by so many.
So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He and my brother, Gary, were very good friends. I remember fondly a few trips with Mike to Omaha. My sympathies to the family.
To my mind, Mike was MR. SHENANDOAH. He loved out town and couldn't say enough good about it. My first memories of Mike were when the family lived across the park from me. At that time it was Forest Park and now Priest Park. Our
friendship endured the years. Mike, you will be missed. God Bless you and your family.
Always kind, always thoughtful, always patient, always quick with a compliment or other support you might need. I loved Mike’s hugs and and his sense of humor and politics. I will miss him. My prayers to you, Connie, and your family, in your days of loss.
Connie, sorry to hear of Mike's passing. You and your family are in our prayers.
We are sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Mike always had a smile on his face and never knew a stranger. Connie, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tom and I are so sorry about Mike passing away. He was one of the nicest men I have ever met. He and Tom were classmates and Mike always kept everyone up to date on their other classmates. He always had time to visit whenever we ran into to him. So sorry about your loss Connie. Keeping you in our prayers.
Connie and family, my heart is truly saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was one of the kindest person, that I had the privilege to know. Whenever I saw Mike, he would always ask if we had our house un Arkansas yet. When he finally heard Gary and I were moving there, I'm not sure who was more excited. Mike was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
So very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. What a fine gentleman Mike was! Whenever I came back to Shen, I would make it a point to visit Mike at Central Surveys, and Mike would always take time to welcome me and visit. Rest well, friend. Larry Danforth
Sorry to hear of Mikes passing. When my young family moved to the Coin area Mike was one of the first people to make us feel welcome at the Coin Church. He was a kind, caring and genuine man.
My condolences and prayers to the family, May God provide you with peace and strength during this difficult time. Psalms 29:11
So sorry and shocked to hear of Mikes passing. Have known and worked with Mike for many years as well of the entire Irvin family. Again my deepest regrets, may he RIP.