DeKALB – Don Irving, 61, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.|
He was born on June 25, 1952, in DeKalb, to Ralph "Bunny" and Evelyn Irving, where he spent his entire life, attended school, college and worked.
Don was an avid golfer and poker player, Elks Club member and stained-glass artist whose donated art glass pieces are exhibited by several local charities. Don previously worked in the insurance industry with his father, was a union carpenter and worked in the construction industry with his brothers at Irving Construction Company.
He was recently elected to the DeKalb Park District Board of Directors and looked forward to his involvement with the Park District. He was very generous with his time and talents and often donated his skill to friends and organizations. Don's unique and boisterous personality, coupled with his close relationship with Leonard, attracted many diverse people into his circle of friends and family. He will be greatly missed by the many people that were influenced by him and were a part of his life.
He is survived by his husband, Leonard LeGrand; brothers, Bryant (Janet) Irving and Steve (TJ) Irving; nieces, Kim (Jody) Owen and Stephanie; nephew, Peter Irving; great-nieces, Emily and Bethany Owen; and great-nephew, Tyler Owen.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Tim Irving.
A celebration of his life will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at River Heights Golf Course.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don's name to Kishwaukee Hospice.
Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL, 60115; 815-758-3841.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 12, 2013