Ron Lewis Irwin

Born: Sun., Feb. 27, 1949
Died: Sun., Apr. 30, 2017


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Fri., May 05, 2017
Location: Impact Christian Church


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Ron Irwin (1949-2017)

Ronald Lewis Irwin entered this life on February 27, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio.  He was born to Richard Lewis and Betty Jane Irwin.  In his childhood years through high school, they moved quite a bit and called various places home, from Ohio to Florida and California.  Ron adapted wherever he went and made lifelong connections.  He was able to see the world (they say), courtesy of a three-year stint in the United States Navy.  He settled into a career in the electronics field as an engineer.  It was during this time he met the “beautiful and talented” Marie Zippi, who came complete with two beautiful children of her own.  The date was July 22, 1977.  It was a whirlwind courtship that culminated that year on New Year’s Eve in a small apartment wedding with close family and, of course, Ron’s two new children, Matthew and Denise Zippi.  At this point in his life, he was ready to assume the role of family man.  They lived on the central coast of California in the town of Atascadero.  Fast-forward a few years to the birth of Ron and Marie’s first and only child together, Paul.  Ron’s work transferred him to Colorado.  They lived in Colorado Springs before arriving at their longtime residence in the mountains of Woodland Park.  Work again beckoned Ron and Marie away, this time for a contract in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  A rolling stone gathers no moss, right?  When Ron finally came to the end of his working career, he could not have been happier.  He LOVED being retired, as he reminded us almost daily.  It was a shame that his golden years were slightly tarnished by the various medical issues that plagued him.  And yet, a passerby would never know by looking at this tall feller with a smile permanently affixed to his kind face.  That is the Ron Irwin we choose to remember in this time of our loss, knowing this homecoming is Ron’s ultimate gain.  He transitioned to the next life on April 30, 2017, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He is safe in the arms of his precious Jesus, his Lord and Savior.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Marie Irwin; three children, Matthew Zippi (Jessica), Denise McAfee (David), and Paul Irwin; and eight grandchildren, not to mention any great-grands that he eagerly anticipated.  He leaves behind his earthly forever family, those church members from the various congregations he frequented.  The list goes on and on, because “strangers” did not exist in Ron’s world for long; they quickly became friends and extended family.

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Tom, Miki, and Alicia DeLaCruz
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
While celebrating Ron's life in his passing is difficult, the memories of working and playing with Ron and family will stay with us until we meet him again. RIP our friend.

Lee & Linda Leber
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Linda and I will always remember Ron's & Marie's smiles and perpetual cheer. We add our prayers for strength and comfort for all the Irwins and know they'll be joined by countless others.

Brian Gallant
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Although I did not know Ron that well, I did know and always recognized his smile and happy demeanor. I cannot remember ever seeing him unhappy, even despite the medical issues he dealt with. It was truly an inspiration to me during times when I have felt down. I was really looking forward to getting to know him better and I was very happy to see him at my Walk to Emmaus a couple weeks ago, he gave me a big hug that made me feel so good inside! I am very happy to know that he is at home with Christ, he will be missed.
Brian Gallant

The Hoffstatter Family (Charlie, Kim and Layne)
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
We're sad to hear of your passing but so happy to know you are in the arms of Jesus now. My son remembers your kindness while he was in your preschool class. We are going to miss your sweet smile we saw every Sunday as you sat just a few rows ahead and to the left of us. I loved seeing you praise Jesus, hands in the air. Your presence will be sadly missed. Rest in peace fella. <3

Steve and Lisa Branden
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Such a nice man that we remember from our time at Impact. A true man of God.

Kent Gordon
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
It is hard to find words to express how much Ron and Marie have meant to our family over the years. They have supported and love on our entire family in every mission we have taken on. The entire Gordon family will miss Ron tremendously yet are so excited knowing he is with Jesus and enjoying a new, complete, and pain free body.

David Hart
   Posted Fri May 05, 2017
What can one really say about Ron? As men go, he was one of the finest! No matter what his life had going on he always had time to chat and that infectious smile of his! You are gone from this life, true, but we shall walk the streets again together in Heaven one day. Until then rest in the arms of The Lord you've earned it, my friend. Adios...

Elizabeth Chapin
   Posted Mon May 08, 2017
We are very sad to hear of Ron's passing, but we rejoice that he is no longer in pain. Ron always had a big smile and kind words for us at church every Sunday. The love and attention that Ron and Marie gave to our two boys in Sunday School is so appreciated and we are so blessed to have had their influence in our family. Our boys will miss their "Church Grandpa".
God Bless,
Eric, Elizabeth, Kenneth and Caleb Chapin

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