Marcella (Johnson) Welke
Funeral services for Paul Irwin, age 86, of Neligh, formerly of Ainsworth, were held on Monday, February 27, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ainsworth, NE. Burial was in the O’Neill Cemetery, with Military Rites conducted by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post #93 and VFW Post #926.
Paul passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Antelope County Hospital in Neligh, NE.
Paul Leroy Irwin was born on October 27, 1930, in rural Ainsworth, NE, to Mark and Rachel (Wigent) Irwin. During high school, he worked to help his family by putting up hay. Paul graduated in 1948 from Ainsworth High School. After high school, he started working in his parent’s garage.
In 1952, Paul was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953.
On June 22, 1957, Paul married Donna Nekolite in Pierce, NE, and to this union, one daughter, Paula, was born.
Paul and his brother Lyle owned and operated the family business of Irwin Pontiac GMC for many years. He started racing in Stuart in 1958, and continued to do so over 30 years. Paul spent a lot of time helping family and friends modify and work on their cars. He built a lot of the race cars in Stuart. After many years of racing and working, Paul retired in 2010. His hobbies included being at the races, watching Nebraska football, as well as watching the Chicago Bears.
Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna, of Ainsworth, NE; one daughter, Paula Naber (Todd) of Sioux Falls, SD; two grandchildren; Trista Kramer (Richie) of Lincoln, NE and Taylor Nabor of Sioux Falls, SD, four great grandchildren, three sisters; Evelyn Allen of Bassett, NE, Bonnie (Ed) Osborne of Larned, KS, Mary Bidner of Prince George, Canada, one sister-in-law, Joan Irwin of Ainsworth, NE and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters; Ethelenruth and Mirnabeth Irwin; brother, Lyle Irwin and tree brothers-in-law Wayne Allen, Medford Osborne and John Bidner.
Arrangements were under the direction of Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill. Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.