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Raymond Louis "Lou" Schaeffer Irwin
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Birth: Apr. 23, 1923
Death: Apr. 7, 2010

Victor Schaeffer was born in Traverse City, Michigan, the son of Belmont and Gladys (Tarner) Schaeffer. At the age of 4, he was adopted by close family members, the Irwins, who dearly loved their little boy all their lives! His name was changed and he moved to his new home in Muskegon. He fondly remembered his childhood as a very happy and blessed one with his new parents. He attended Muskegon High School, graduating in 1942, and was a member of the Tennis Team. As a very young man he showed exceptional musical talent and began playing the violin in the West Shore Symphony. He also sang with the First Congregational Church Choir. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army out of high school. As a member of "The Greatest Generation", he served his country during WWII with the European Campaign. Returning from war in 1945, he married the former Marcia Jeanne Blackford in Flushing, MI on June 29, 1946. He became a Bricklayer, like his father and father-in-law. He told many stories about laying the brick for the area's finest buildings and landmarks such as the Occidental Hotel. He served the Bricklayers Union as its Secretary for countless years. He also was a long-time member of the Muskegon Elks Club. He enjoyed nature as an avid fisherman and hunter who considered the out-of-doors to be his own private place from which to worship God, but he especially loved spending time with his family. He passed away at a local nursing home, and is survived by his beloved wife, Marcia; three children to whom he was a loving father, Barbara (John) Usmial of Berwyn, IL, Rae Louise Jeannot-Davis, and Thomas (Marcia Clyne) Irwin, both of Muskegon; his 8 beloved grandchildren, Cori (Ron) Johnson, Kendell (Gene) Altena, William Jeannot, Louis Jeannot, Molly (Tim) Olsen, Lee (Becky) Usmial, Jenna Irwin, and Colin Irwin; and his 9 dear great-grandchildren, Hannah Bratsburg, Sarah Bratsburg, Noah Mitchell, Luke Johnson, Zachary Altena, Nathaniel Altena, Nicholas Altena, Katelynn Usmial and Stanley Usmial. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, William Ray Irwin and Adelia (DeWitt) Irwin; and by his brothers, Ben (Mae) Schaeffer and Seth (Bea) Schaeffer. He will be remembered by all as "True Blue Lou". You could always count on him to tell the truth, to be a good friend, and to break into song or tears over everything he loved. To celebrate his life and legacy, a memorial service was held at Orchard View Congregational Church. 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Muskegon, Michigan
 
Created by: Always with Love
Record added: Apr 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50943363
 

I grew up on Irwin Avenue, and knew some of the family. Rest in peace, sir.
- Always with Love
 Added: Apr. 11, 2010
 
 
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