Obituaries John C. Irwin

John C. Irwin


TOPEKA — John C. Irwin, Topeka, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at Legends at Capital Ridge, Topeka. He was 77.

He was born July 27, 1944, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of John and Jessie (Kiser) Irwin. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1962, and then went on to graduate from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering. He entered the United States Army through ROTC. During his year in Vietnam, 1969-1970, John achieved the rank of captain as a Huey helicopter pilot. After three years with the Army, he went to work for the Department of Health and Environment, Topeka. During that time, he received his master’s degree in Science and Industrial Safety and Health from Central Missouri State University. He also earned a master’s degree from Kansas University in Public Administration. John was a certified industrial hygienist and a certified safety professional. He served 20 years in the Air National Guard, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He also worked five years for Westar, Topeka.

John married Bonnie Hylton Jan. 28, 1967.

Those close to John enjoyed a funny, goofy side of him, beyond his professional and scholarly demeanor. He could always make Bonnie laugh, and she loved him for that. He was a dedicated family man who loved his family. He worked very hard and would do anything for them. He loved his grandchildren and found much joy in their laughter, and they sure enjoyed his little quirks. In addition to visiting their grandchildren, John and Bonnie were very fortunate to travel the world together. They loved going on cruises, especially with their dear friends.

John is survived by his wife, Bonnie; two sons, John R. Irwin (Nancy), Fort Myers, Fla., and Terrance D. Irwin (Gretchen), Andover; a sister, Diane Kelly, Lodi, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Elise and Alex Irwin, Fort Myers, Fla., and Zachary and William Irwin, Andover.

The rosary will be prayed 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, with visitation following until 4 p.m. at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, Topeka. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Topeka. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Topeka. Masks are required.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Midland Hospice Care, and sent in care of Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 S.W. Urish Rd., Topeka, KS 66614.

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