Walter Eugene Irvin
Walter Eugene Irvin, 80, passed away peacefully Monday, November 12, 2012, in Salinas. He was born April 17, 1932 in Demopolis, Alabama, to the late Howard and Lucille Irvin.
After graduating from Jones High School, Walter was inducted into the United States Army, for which he served 21 years and two terms in Vietnam and one in the Korean War
. He was shot and wounded twice and was "missing in action" for a period of time. Although Walter would often be heard saying, "The only relatives I did not like was Uncle Sam", he did appreciate the opportunities he received as a result of his willingness to give his own life.
He firmly believed that it was a privilege to serve our country with his fellow Americans and took great pride in all branches of the military. Although challenging at times, it was an opportunity for a small-time country boy to take his family and travel the world, as well as meet lifelong friends.
During his military career, to his credit, PSG Walter Irvin received several awards and was highly decorated to include four Purple Heart
s, both Korean and Vietnam Service Medals, as well as various honors and certificates. He served with the 45th Infantry Division Company D and received an Honorable Discharge in September 1973.
After retiring, Walter decided to stay in California and went back to school to receive his Certificate/License in Cosmotology, to which he was able to gain experience working at various beauty shops. Throughout his career as a stylist/barber, he was blessed to have partnered in his first business venture, "Kutz and Kurls" of Monterey and his current business, "Happy 2B Nappy" in Salinas. Walter spent many hours graciously sharing his gift of beauty from the inside-out with each of us for which we are thankful.
At an early age, Walter made a public confession of Christ and was baptized in Alabama. Over the years, Fort Ord was the place he referred to as "home". He would often fellowship with the various churches on His Post, but would eventually work out his Service unto the Lord at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, where for many years under the Pastorate of Rev. Franklin, he served as Head Usher for the Usher Board, which he received great joy as a Gatekeeper for the Lord!
Life had its ups and downs, but if you had the honor of being in the company of this wonderful man, you knew that he understood that life was given as an opportunity to share the love and kindness with all those we encounter as long as we breathe, just as he did. Yes, we have suffered a great loss in the flesh, but we must not mourn as if we will not see Walter again, instead, hold on to the Blessed Hope "IF" we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that Jesus died for our Sins that we will see him in Glory land.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lucille; his brother, Howard, Jr.; sister, Molly; sisters-in-law, Magdalene Irvin and Mary Kate Gaines.
He leaves behind to mourn his death, former wife, Margaret B. Irvin; children, Harvey Irvin, Walter Irvin, Jr., Donald Raye Irvin and daughter-in-law, Heidi; Rose Irvin, Vangie Irvin Robinson and son-in-law, Steven Robinson, Sheila K. Irvin; grandchildren, Tanea Rane Irvin, Walter Irvin, III, Whitney Irvin, Ashley Irvin, Junior Quintero, Gabriel Irvin, Isaac Robinson, Jerad Carson, Zoe Sales, Alicia Quintero, Solomon Robinson, and Josiah Robinson; his brother, Richard Irvin; sister, Reinetha Irvin; nephews, Wayne Irvin and Gregory Irvin; nieces, Wanda Ruth, Debbie Irvin and a host of great-nieces and nephews; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Thelma and Augusta Maul, Viola Sims, Elizabeth Terrell, Buddy, Charles, Berry and Nick Beard, Mario McWhorter, Ralph Apodaca; along with many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11 a.m., at New Hope Baptist Church, 1304 Sonoma Ave., Seaside, CA 93955.
Memorial donations may be made to VA Hospice of Palo Alto at 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304, in honor of PSA Walter E. Irvin, Sr.
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