Raymond Irlbeck, 80, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.
Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Sept. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning. Celebrant was the Rev. Paul Nguyen. Lector was Joy Isaacs. Gift bearers were Erin Amdahl, Sydney Isaacs and Linda Laffoon. Eucharistic minister was Imelda Langel. Music was by the Sacred Heart Choir and organist Anne Muhlbauer. Casket bearers were nephews Jeremy Irlbeck, Chad Irlbeck, Bruce Irlmeier, Scot Irlbeck, Alan Irlbeck and Glenn Irlbeck. Honorary casket bearers were neighbors and friends Billy Wanniger, Larry Muhlbauer, Virgil Rosonke, Leo Willenborg, Ed Meeves, Melvin Renze and Denny Backhaus. Interment with military honors by American Legion Post 22, VFW Post 3517 and U.S. Army Honor Guard was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.
Ohde Funeral Home in Manning was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at ohdefuneralhome.com.
Raymond Nick Irlbeck was born July 30, 1939, to Alphonse and Margaret (Underberg) Irlbeck. Ray grew up as a farm boy around the Templeton and Manning area. Ray served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for two years. He was honorably discharged in 1962. Upon his return to Iowa, he met and married Marian Grossman on April 20, 1963, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Carroll. Six children were born to this union. Ray and Marian lived a long and happy life on their farm north of Aspinwall, where they raised hogs, corn and soybeans.
Ray was a longtime, active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning, where he served as an usher and Eucharistic minister. He was a lifelong member of the VFW, serving as a past commander and member of the ceremonial team. Ray was also a member of the American Legion. He was an Iowa Township trustee for many years. After farming for almost 50 years, he also served as a director on the WIPCO Board.
Ray enjoyed drinking coffee and chatting with others from around town. He always had a hard candy in his pocket to charm a smile from both youngsters and adults. He never said no when a neighbor or friend needed help. He was always quick to put himself second when he saw a need. In his spare time, Ray enjoyed playing euchre, driving his John Deere B tractor, and spending time with his grandchildren. Most importantly, he was a devoted and loving husband and father to his family.
Ray is survived by his wife, Marian Irlbeck, of Manning; children: Paul Irlbeck of Templeton, Laurie (Terry) Thobe of Plainview, Texas, Shari Irlbeck of Rockwell City, Michele (Keith) Amdahl of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Joy (Jeremy) Isaacs of Bolingbrook, Illinois, and Amy (Gary) Dales of Papillion, Nebraska; grandchildren: Nick Irlbeck, Tiffany Irlbeck, Linda Laffoon, Ashley (Dustin) Stork, Lisa (Jeremy) Stork, John Thobe, Erin Amdahl, Sydney Isaacs, Samantha Dales and William Dales; great-grandchildren: Elizabeth Stork, Brody Stork, Harper Stork and Kinnick Irlbeck; siblings: Bernard ”Sonny” (Helen) Irlbeck of Templeton, Jerome Irlbeck of Manning, Leroy (Elaine) Irlbeck of Manning, Tom (Dawn) Irlbeck of Aspinwall, Fred (Karen) Irlbeck of Aspinwall, and Eugene (Mary Jo) Irlbeck of Carroll; in-laws: Jolene (Louis) Wessling, Fran (George) Ostrander, Art Mosman and Pat Irlbeck of Manning; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law: Lawrence and Eva Grossman; and siblings: Mary Helen Irlbeck in infancy, James Irlbeck, John (Barb) Irlbeck, Mary Ann (Frank) “Boots” Irlmeier, Mary Shanks, Janet Mosman, Darol (Louise) Grossman and Dorene (Larry) Benson.