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Robert Roger Irwin


1926 - 2015 Obituary Condolences Gallery
September 25, 1926 - October 18, 2015 Robert "Bob" Roger Irwin, age 89, passed away in in the early morning of October 18, 2015 at his home in The Village of Sherman Oaks California after a courageous battle against heart and kidney disease. Bob was born in Aurora Illinois to Robert B. and Nira Irwin on September 25, 1926, joining his older sister Elizabeth Irwin (Purnell). He grew up in Springfield Illinois where Boy Scouts and sailing were enjoyed. He graduated from Northwestern University (BS) and the University of Chicago (MA), and he proudly served his country in the Navy during WWII. Bob fell in love with Ora Elizabeth Coats whom he married in 1950. He moved his family to California and took an aerospace engineering job in 1955 where he worked until his retirement in 1986. The family resided in Rancho Palos Verdes. After raising three successful children, Bob and Ora often travelled the world together until Ora's passing after 42 years of marriage. He later fell in love with and married Janice "Jani" Bierman in Springfield Illinois. They split their time between travelling and their respective families, with homes in Springfield and Rancho Palos Verdes. After 2013 heart surgery, Bob made the difficult decision to permanently return to California to be near the support of his children. Bob is survived by his wife Jani Irwin of Lombard Illinois and the families of her four grown children as well as Bob's daughter Leigh Irwin (Dave Waterhouse), son Perry Irwin (Madalyn), son KC Irwin (Amy) and grandchildren Jeff, Emily, Tyler, Jordyn and Lauren. Bob will be remembered for his unwavering love and dedication to his family, his quick wit and his fierce love of life. He was an extremely intelligent, hardworking and generous man who will be thought of kindly by his family and all who knew him. Bob's ashes will be scattered at sea in a private family gathering. No services are planned.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 24 to Oct. 27, 2015
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