Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 11, 2013

Alvin Lee ‘Al’ Irion

Oct. 11, 1939-Jan. 11, 2013


ELKHART — Alvin Lee “Al” Irion, 73, passed away Friday at Elkhart General Hospital.

Al was born Oct. 11, 1939, in Stockton, Calif., to Elmer and Linda (Baragno) Irion.  

He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force where he was an airplane mechanic. During his enlistment, he met Joan Hutchcraft at Grissom Air Force Base in Peru. They were married on March 15, 1959, in Winamac.

Joan survives, along with their daughters, Sherry (Nick) Krcelich of Granger, and Wendy (Martin) Andrade of Elkhart. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Brittany and Ashley Hopman, Alexis, Brianna and Martin “Junior” Andrade. Al is also survived by his brothers Elmer (Janet) Irion Jr. and Jerry (Pam) Irion, both of Stockton, Calif.  

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and an infant daughter, Linda Irion.

Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Elkhart with the Rev. Glenn Kohrman presiding.  

Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Al was the founder and owner of ALCO Tool Supply for more than 20 years until the sale of the business in 1993. He then opened JMI Tool Supply in Wakarusa and worked with the business several years until his illness forced his retirement. Al loved his business and created and patented the “I Love My Job” logo. He was also a longtime member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church.

In his memory, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. To leave an online condolence, visit www.chapelhillmemorial.com.