James J. Kirwan, 80, of Ivesdale, IL., passed away at 10:34 P.M., on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at his residence in Ivesdale, IL.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 10:00 A.M., at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Ivesdale, IL. Rev. Father Fredi Gomez-Torres and Deacon Jim Brewer will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Ivesdale. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M., with a rosary service at 3:30 P.M., on Monday, April 22, 2019, also at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Ivesdale, IL. Honor guard will be by the 4th degree, Ivesdale Knights of Columbus Council #1047. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ivesdale Knights of Columbus, or the St. Joseph's Religious Education Fund.
Jim was born on July 2, 1938 in Ivesdale, IL., a son of John and Irene Crouch Kirwan. He married Jeanne Barbour on July 26, 1958 in Ivesdale, and she survives of Ivesdale. They have been married for over 60 years. Surviving children include; Bryon (Cyndee) Kirwan of Seymour, IL., Kathy (Rick) Elkin of Danville, IL., Julia (James Kendrick) Kirwan of Leesburg, FL., Bridget (Brad) Peters of Monticello, IL., Richard (Amanda Huddleston) Kirwan of Ivesdale, IL., and Mary (Mark Somers) Johnson of Atwood, IL.
Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren with another on the way, and 2 brothers; Tom (Carole) Kirwan and Mike Kirwan both of Ivesdale. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters; Pat Taylor and Marilyn Mumm, and a brother; Jack Kirwan.
Jim Kirwan was an ardent Patriarch. He lived by the principles of love God and your family. The phrase, “Life is what you make it” was a constant reminder of his foundation. He believed that if he stayed true to these principles all would be stable in his world. He was a man who loved to farm, to laugh, to lend and ear whenever you needed and to counsel toward solving your problems. He was an excellent mediator and friend. He was also a formidable opponent when you stirred his temper by crossing his core values. He cherished his family and taught us all the meaning of true love and support, strength and how never to give up on each other even when we are at our wits end.
Jim has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 61 years. He is a past Grand Knight, past Faithful Navigator, and past membership director. He was active in his parish serving on the Parish council and parish building committee. He was a member of the Bement School board for twelve years, serving one term as president. He was a member of the local township board where he served as treasurer and township supervisor.
Today is a day of celebration. We should all carry on his legacy and be the best at trying to build and repair relationships, and greet the world with a smile and a robust laugh. He has found peace and now dwells with his maker.
Aaron and Susie Hinds of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL., have the honor to serve the Kirwan family in their time of need. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”.