Obituary for Bruce David Irvin Sr.
Bruce D. Irvin, Sr., 69, of Lower Paxton Township, Harrisburg, completed his journey of life on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Community General Hospital, Harrisburg, PA.
Born January 4, 1942, he was the son of the late Ralph F. and Eileen A. (Kerstetter) Irvin. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rachel L. (Gibble) Irvin, a son, Bruce D. Irvin, Jr. of Mt. Joy (Rheems) and a grandson, Conner L. Irvin of Harrisburg.
He was a 1959 graduate of William Penn High School, Harrisburg and attended the York Campus of Penn State University for about 1 year. Working as a surveyor and then draftsman-designer in the Department of General Services of the Commonwealth of PA, he retired in 2005 after 43 years of service. Bruce also served in the 104th Armor Cavalry of the Pa National Guard and received an honorable discharge in 1970. He was a member of the Harrisburg Bicycle Club and the Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club, serving as treasurer for many years. He was also a member of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) and owned 2 Harleys. In 2009 he became a member of the Hershey Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, participating in the Fall shows at Hershey and showing his 1964 Chrysler New Yorker. He also was a member of Team Trinity, participating in the MS Bike 150 for more than 5 years.
Bruce was a life-long member of Paxton United Methodist Church, Harrisburg, where he was a member of the Dart Baseball Team for many years. He also was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Hummelstown, where he attended regularly with his wife since 1977 as she was involved in the music programs there.
Bruce was an avid bicyclist logging more than 150,000 mile beginning sometime in the early 1970s. He also completed 9 Harrisburg Marathons and several others at Maryland and Washington DC. He loved to run with HARRC and completed many 5K and 10K races as well as Biathlons combining the run and bike. His running mileage was more than 25,000 when he had to stop because of knee pain. He then took up walking 2-3 miles missing very few days. Since his retirement in 2005, he added weight workouts at the Friendship Center and Platinum Fitness and a Deep Water Power Aerobics Class at HACC. Keeping active physically was his lifestyle and he always made the most of every workout.
Bruce was greatly admired in all circles of his life, touching people with his genuine interest, great personality and high standards. He was not only a devoted husband but a teammate and best friend of his wife, forming their own logo, “RABRU.” He truly enjoyed spending time with his son, grandson and soon-to-be step-grandson and daughter-in-law. He and Rachel combined vacations with bike trips to Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Vermont and Ontario, Canada. They also enjoyed cruises to the Caribbean, New England, Alaska, Bermuda and the Panama Canal. Two outstanding trips abroad were to The Dalmatian Coast (Dubrovnik to Venice) and to South Africa.
Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. A memorial celebration of his life will be held 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at Trinity United Methodist Church preceded by a visitation beginning at 3:00 PM. A time of fellowship will immediately follow the service.
Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc, 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either of his member churches, Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main St, Hummelstown, PA 17036, or Paxton United Methodist Church, 3530 N. Progress Ave, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2040 Linglestown Rd, Suite 104, Harrisburg, PA 17110.