PEORIA - James Hawley Irwin Jr., 56, of Peoria passed away peacefully at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, with his family at his side, after fighting malignant melanoma for four years.
James was born on Aug. 12, 1957, in Springfield, Ill., the son of James Hawley and Lois Nickelson Irwin. He married Linda Kieliszewski on March 21, 1981, in Hillside, Ill.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years; his children, Timothy (Stephanie) Irwin of Normal, Christina (Eleuterio) Medina of Decatur and Paul (Jessica Raines) Irwin and Jonathan Irwin, all of Peoria; four grandchildren, Jeremiah, Isabella, Matthew and Ava; his mother, Lois; one brother, Ken (Tey) Irwin of Springfield; and one sister, Helen Campbell of Union Mills, Ind.
James was preceded in death by his father.
He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in electrical engineering from Bradley University. He received his doctorate from the University of Illinois.
James was a member of First Covenant Church in Peoria. He taught Sunday school and also served as the building and grounds deacon for several years.
James was an associate professor at Bradley University for 26 years. He was the faculty adviser for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship for 25 years.
Through his strong faith in our Lord, he was a godly man and a loving husband, dad, and grandpa.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. Pastor Kevin Wright will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m., also at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to First Covenant Missions Fund, Great Oaks or Southside Mission.
To view James' memorial website, please go to www.davison-fulton.com.
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