Robert “Bob” “Denny” Irvin

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Mr. Robert “Bob” “Denny” Irvin, aged 80, of Wardsville, Mo., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at his home after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

Bob was born on July 18, 1940, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Rolan J. and Edith M. (Pangborn) Irvin. He was married in Nevada, Mo., in 1962 to Sue Ann Harpold and to this union two daughters were born. He was married on April 18, 1990, in Jefferson City, Mo., to Virginia “Ginny” (Pearse) Hutson, who survives at the home.

Bob was a 1959 graduate of Nevada High School. He continued his education at the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri, and graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor’s degree in 1992.

He worked for Farm and Home in Nevada and Springfield where he became interested in real estate. Bob owned his own real estate appraisal business in Springfield for many years.

Bob worked as a Reviewing Right of Way Appraiser for the Missouri Department of Transportation for over 30 years until his retirement in 2003, although he continued to work part-time.

Bob was a longtime and active member of Grace Episcopal Church, Jefferson City. After retirement, he volunteered at the River City Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which he was very passionate about, and he also volunteered at the Samaritan Center.

Guided by his father, a carpenter, Bob became a talented woodworker and furniture refinisher. He enjoyed the outdoors by doing yardwork and feeding the birds. He and Ginny traveled, together and often with friends, in Learning in Retirement. Bob was also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Most of all, Bob loved his family and all of the memories he made with them, especially spending time with all his grandkids.

He is survived by his loving wife, Virginia; daughters, Laura Ann Durnin (Michael) and Sue Ellen Welch (Larry) of Springfield; stepchildren, Christopher Hutson (Mary) of Boonville, Jeffrey Hutson (Mary McClure) of Temperance, Mich., and Catherine Sanders (Tom) of Overland Park, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, Hollis Wilhoit, Victoria Wear (Daniel), Anne Richardson, Faith Melton, Pearse Hutson, Heather Hutson, Hayley Hutson, Cortney Spring (Paul), Alex Sanders, Madison Sanders, and Emily Sanders; great-grandson Micah Wear; and Sue Ann Lokensgard.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.

Visitation was held on Monday, July 5, 2021, from 9 until 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. Funeral services followed at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Bill Nesbit officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Grace Episcopal Church, Alzheimer’s Association, or River City Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.