Services for Howard Jay Irish, 85, of Mentor, will be 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Mentor United Methodist Church, 8600 Mentor Ave., Mentor. The Rev. Kurt E. Landerholm will officiate.
Mr. Irish went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 23, 2013, with his family at his side.
Born Nov. 26, 1927, in Conneaut, he had lived in Mentor for the past 29 years.
He served in the U.S. Navy
as a ships serviceman during World War II
and the Korean Conflict
. He was a member of Mentor United Methodist Church and was very involved in the Northeast Ohio Emmaus Community. Additionally, he was a member of the former Mentor Lodge 772, now Temple Lodge 28 F. and A.M. in Painesville, Scottish Rite Valley of Cleveland, Al Koran Shrine and American-Legion Post 151 in Conneaut for 67 years.
Mr. Irish was employed as a customer information clerk at Dominion East Ohio Gas Company. He retired in 1988 after 28 after years of service.
Survivors are his wife of 39 years, Ruby Marie (Paris) Irish; children, James Jay Irish of Conneaut, Christina (Michael) Fournier of Mentor and Timothy Allee of Cleveland; grandchildren, Jimmy, John and Emily Irish, Michael (Nora) Markijohn, Nicholas (Amy) Markijohn and Tanya (Adam) DiTomasso; great-grandchildren, Sammy, Zachary, Sadie and Abby; and nephew, Steve Irish of Jefferson.
His parents, Howard A. and Wilma (Waters) Irish; and brother, Robert Kay Irish, are deceased.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013, at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Ave., Willoughby. Private family interment will be held at Mentor Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Mentor United Methodist Church, 8600 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060 or the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110-2602.