Harold J. Irwin Sr., 76, Warwick H.S. athlete, USAF retiree, collector, owned Owl Hill Lawn Care

By on September 5, 2018

Harold J. Irwin Sr., 76, of Lititz, died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 at his home.

Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Marlin and Margaret (Huber) Irwin, and the husband of Sumika (Tanaka) Irwin, to whom he was married for 47 years.

Harold attended Warwick High School where he was known to be a talented athlete. After high school Harold joined the United States Air Force and served for more than 20 years before retiring to Lititz where he ran Owl Hill Lawn Care.

While in the United States Air Force Harold enjoyed many adventures, such as scuba diving in Okinawa, Japan; shopping the local markets in Thailand and the Philippines; fishing for trout and bass in Arkansas; as well as experiencing Korea, Australia, Florida, Texas, California and Illinois. A lifelong picker, Harold’s collections represent his appreciation of the places he visited and the history he experienced.

A lifelong dog lover, Harold and his beloved dog, Beaux, would be seen driving around Lititz, sharing a lunch at the drive-thru, or hanging out at home. Harold was always prepared to deliver a straight faced wise crack, lend a hand to a friend or stranger, or just sit back and quietly observe. There was no plant he could not save, or thing he could not fix.

In addition to his wife, Harold is survived by his son: Douglas Irwin of North Carolina, from his first marriage; son: Harold J. Irwin Jr. of California; daughter: Michele N. Metzler (late); and Shaun Metzler of Lititz; son: Edward and Lynn Irwin of Virginia; and four grandchildren: Morgan, Seth, Riley and Eddie.

Harold was preceded in death by his sister: Yvonne E. Haus.

Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at Ephrata Grace Church, 62 Hahnstown Road, Ephrata.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a contribution in Harold’s name to: Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, Cancer Patient Support Fund, 2102 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 ( lancastergeneralhealth.org/makeagift) or to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 (hospiceconnect.org/give).

To leave the family an online condolence, visit cremationlancasterpa.com. Arrangements by Cremation Services of Lancaster.

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