In memory of
RICHARD OTIS KIRWIN
KIRWIN RICHARD OTIS October 10, 1922 - December 15, 2016, Ventura, CA - Richard "Dick" Kirwin, formerly of Verona, passed peacefully on December 15, 2016, at the age of 94, in Ventura, California. Dick was married to Dolores Elaine Kirwin (Schoenfelder), who predeceased him in 2003. Dick was born and raised in Coraopolis, son of Ester and Roscoe Kirwin. He was a graduate of Coraopolis High School. During WWII, he piloted P-47 Thunderbolts and saw action during and after D-Day for which he was awarded the Purple Heart with an oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. As a result of injuries received in combat, he was hospitalized for two years at Valley Forge Hospital. Upon release in 1944, he returned to Pittsburgh and married Elaine in 1948. They settled on Riverside Drive in Verona in 1953. Dick and Elaine were avid golfers and loved to travel and dance. They were members of Churchill Country Club. He was a business manager with Gulf Oil in Delmont until his retirement in 1981. In 1987 they relocated to Oceanside, California to be closer to their grandchildren and only daughter, Lynne. Dick is survived by his second wife of ten years, Bernice "Bunny" Kirwin of Ventura, CA; his daughter, Lynne Lightfoot (husband Lou) of Encinitas, CA; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his 98 year old brother, Fred Kirwin of Trenton, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Roscoe Kirwin, Jr. in 1999.
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