May 17, 1928 – February 16, 2014
Alvin C. Irlbeck Sr., age 85, of Carroll, IA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with Fr. Timothy Johnson as celebrant. Friends may call at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll after 3:30 P.M. on Wednesday where there will be a Rosary at 5:00 P.M. and a Christian Wake Service at 7:00 P.M. Visitation will resume at the church at 8:30 A.M. on Thursday until the time of service. Music for the Mass will be by the Holy Spirit Choir with Barb McDermott as organist. Lector for the Mass will be Kelly Foley. Gift Bearers will be Brock and Sariah Sherman and Brody and Hayden Irlbeck. Eucharistic Ministers will be Larry and Vickie Reiling and Nicole Dentlinger. Casket bearers will be Grandsons: Samuel Pudenz, Joel Pudenz, Christopher Pudenz, Thomas Irlbeck Jr., Matthew Irlbeck, David Dentlinger, and Cole Sherman. Honorary casket bearers will be Granddaughters: Abigail Irlbeck, Rosemary Irlbeck, Mollie Sherman, Kelsey Dentlinger, Bekah Pudenz, and Nicole Dentlinger. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors conducted by Maurice Dunn Post of the American Legion. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Alvin’s name and memorials may be left at the church.
Born on May 17, 1928 near Arcadia, IA, he was the son of Leo and Marie (Soyer) Irlbeck. He was raised on a farm near Arcadia until he was 9 years old when his family moved to Churdan. The family moved back to Arcadia in 1941 where he attended country school. He farmed with his father until he was 18 years old and then went to work for Marcus Repair in Breda until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1950. He was stationed in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO for basic training and then Korea. He was wounded in Korea and awarded the Purple Heart. Alvin returned to Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, CO to serve the remainder of his enlistment. He was married to Mary Bird on June 15, 1953 at St. Martins Catholic Church in Odebolt by Fr. Lawrence Greteman. The couple made their home in Carroll where they raised their eight children. Following his military career he worked for Beiter Oil Company in Carroll which later became Community Oil Company. He retired in 1990 and continued to work part time on his daughter and son-in-law’s, Doug and DeeAnn Pudenz, farm. Alvin was a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll where he was a member of the Men’s Club. He was a 62 year member of Maurice Dunn Post of the Carroll American Legion of which he had served as Commander. He was also a member of the Carroll V.F.W. Alvin enjoyed fishing, watching baseball and westerns, going on picnics, having family grill outs on Sunday, playing guitar, traveling, listening to music, driving tractors, attending his grandchildren’s activities, and spending time with his family and many good friends. Al “Phonse” as he was affectionately known by many always had a good story and loved to tell jokes.
Alvin is survived by his wife Mary; four daughters: Wanita Dentlinger and her husband Duane of Carroll; DeAnn Pudenz and her husband Doug of rural Carroll; Cynthia Myers and her husband Brian of North Liberty, IA, and Amy Sherman and her husband Steve of North Liberty, IA; four sons: Alvin Irlbeck Jr. and his wife Shari of Carroll, Thomas Irlbeck Sr. and his wife Janice of rural Carroll, James Irlbeck of Houston, TX, and Daniel Irlbeck and his wife Nicole of Louisville, CO; seventeen grandchildren: Abigail Irlbeck, Matthew Irlbeck, Thomas Irlbeck Jr. and his wife Brianne, Rosemary Irlbeck, David Dentlinger, Nicole Dentlinger, Kelsey Dentlinger and her special friend Joe Karstens, Samuel Pudenz and his wife Megan, Joel Pudenz and his fiancé Ashley, Christopher Pudenz, and Bekah Pudenz, Mollie Sherman, Cole Sherman, Brock Sherman, Sariah Sherman, Liam Irlbeck, and Emmett Irlbeck; three great grandchildren: Brody, Hayden, and Harper Irlbeck; two brothers: Vince Irlbeck of Carroll and Virgil Irlbeck and his wife Rosetta of Maple River; a sister Marilyn “Tots” Foley and her husband Kenny of Carroll; a sister-in-law: Norma Yankovich of Canon City, CO; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Rosemary Roth and Darlene Steffes, and two brothers: Dennis and Leon Irlbeck.Information provided by: Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home
705 N. Carroll St.
Carroll, Iowa 51401