Louis Edward Wirbel Fairfield Glade March 9, 1928Feb. 3, 2014 Louis Edward Wirbel of Fairfield Glade passed away Feb. 3, 2014, closing the failing health chapter of his life. He was born in Hamilton, OH, March 9, 1928, the second son of Stanley and Lucille Wirbel, who later moved to Michigan to raise their two sons. After high school graduation in Grand Rapids, MI, he completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, followed by being awarded a Juris Doctorate degree at the law school. Before embarking on his long career as a practicing lawyer and judge, he served two years in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant staff judge advocate. His law career included several years of private practice and serving as a city's municipal judge, followed by 20 years as an administrative law judge with the Treasury Division of the State of Michigan, with offices in Lansing and Detroit. The record of 50-plus years in his career enabled him to be granted the award of Emeritus Member of the State Bar of Michigan. He was also active in numerous public and community service roles, including serving on the board of Capital Area United Way of mid-Michigan and Kiwanis Club affiliations in Michigan and Crossville. There are many, however, who have special memories of his ability as a clarinetist. From high school band performances to the many opportunities that proved significant over the years, Louis will be remembered for his special numbers with jazz bands, especially his signature number, "When the Saints Go Marching In." Music interests were also evident in church affiliations for him, with choir participation an important part of membership at Fairfield Glade Community Church since 1998, and prior to then the First Congregational Church in Grand Ledge, MI. His role in Community Church also cast him as chairman and chef for Lenten Soup and Study Nights for several years, and as a member and co-chairman of the Memorial Committee. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Louise (Fox) Wirbel of Fairfield Glade; one son, Loring Wirbel (Carol) of Colorado Springs, CO; two daughters, Lisa Reed (Patrick) of Grand Ledge, MI, and Lexa Allison (Keene) of Michigan City, IN; brother, Robert Wirbel (Arloa) of Holland, MI; and seven grandchildren, Abby Wirbel, Matthew Cypher, Molly cypher and Alex Reed, and Jeremy, Evan and Maggie Allison. A special family remembrance gathering in late spring will honor the memory of Louis Wirbel and his impact on their lives. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice of Cumberland County or to Fairfield Glade Community Church. Michigan remembrances may be sent to the First Congregational, UCC Church in Grand Ledge, MI. Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 16, 2014