Irwin was born in Brecknock Township to Norman and Amy (Shirk) Messner. He worked in conjunction with the blind association making hand woven baskets. He was a member of the Jehovan Witnesses and the Susquehanna Blind Association. Surviviors include one son, one daughter, three grandsons, four great grandchildren, and three brothers. A son, Steven M. Messner, preceded him in death.
Obituary appeared in the Lancaster Intellingencer Journal, July 3, 2009
Lila Ellaminda Bitzer Messner
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