James B. 'Jim' Irvine
James Benedict "Jim" Irvine, age 87, of Manhattan, died February 23, 2012, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan.
Born March 21, 1924, in the farm home on the family homestead in rural Pottawatomie County, Kansas, the son of David and Hycienth (Repp) Irvine. Jim graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and attended Kansas State University.
Jim served for three years in the United States Army during World War II as a Tech 4. He received the American Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque.
Following his military service he worked for State Distributors as a sales representative, until his retirement at age 65 in 1990.
In retirement Jim devoted his time to farming, hunting, fishing and tending his community garden. Playing with his grandchildren and socializing with his "Vista" coffee buddies were some of his favorite ways to spend his time.
He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 17 and Veterans of Foreign Wars # 1786.
On June 2, 1952, in Manhattan, he married Eve Zentz. Mrs. Irvine survives of the home. Additional survivors include two sons: Ron Irvine and his wife Beth, with grandchildren Alexandra, Sarah and Sam of Houston, TX; James "Jim" Irvine and his wife Joy of Manhattan, grandchildren Mike, Mitch and Maddy; and one brother, Tom Irvine of Manhattan.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings: Bernice Kelly, Neil Irvine, Kathryn Jordan, Dennis Irvine, Mary Lou Fox and David Irvine.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, February 27th, at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Father Don Zimmerman as Celebrant. Private family inurnment will be in the St. Patrick's Cemetery on Elbow Creek.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 7:30 P.M. Sunday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home. A Christian Wake Service and Rosary will be held at 7:30 P.M. in the funeral home chapel.
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In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice House. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.