PAXTON – Melvin "Ang" Irvin, 88, of Paxton passed away at 6:30 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 15, 2014) at his home.
Ang was born on Aug. 27, 1926, in Rankin, a son of Harry and Edna Fisher Irvin. He married Barbara Padgett in Sidney on April 25, 1954, and she survives.
Also surviving are one son, Rodney (Peggy) Irvin of Paxton; one daughter, Julie Irvin of Fort Worth, Texas; two grandsons, Mark (Jessica) Irvin and Alex Irvin; one great-granddaughter, Avery Irvin; and one brother, Ray Irvin of Lancaster, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lee, Harry and Wayne Irvin; one sister, Imogene Irvin; and two sons, Mark and Todd Irvin.
Ang was a member of Rankin United Methodist Church, Cissna Park American Legion, Hoopeston Masonic Lodge and Fraternal Order of Police. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired from the Illinois State Police after 29 years of service.
After retirement from the state police, he worked as a janitor at Rankin High School, farmed and served as Butler Township supervisor for two terms. Ang and Barb enjoyed spending winters in Florida for 22 years. He was an avid Cubs and Illini fan and loved spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at the Rankin United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Janet Longtin officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Knapp Funeral Home in Rankin and one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be at Rankin Union Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Cissna Park American Legion.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or an organization of the donor's choice.