Irvin Ross McClarin

Irvin Ross (Bubb) McClarin went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, July 12, 2013, where he was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 24, 1929, in Jersey Shore, a son of H. Ross McClarin and Elsie M. Hunter.

Irvin is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, the former Lucy Mae Conner (Avis) and celebrated their wedding anniversary on July 6, 2013. He is also survived by one son, Ross Lee McClarin of Jersey Shore; two daughters, Judy Ann (Paul) Zell of Woolrich and Debra Arlene (Jim) Emig; a grandson, Jameson Ross Emig of Jersey Shore; and a brother, Donald L. (Ruth) McClarin of Montoursville.

He was preceded in death by his sister, E. Arlene (Russell) Stoner of Jersey Shore.

Irvin retired from PennDOT as a bridge foreman in 1991. He was a member for many years of the former First Baptist Church, Jersey Shore. He served 20 years as a fireman for the Independent Hose Co. Jersey Shore, at one time he was (First) Captain of the Snorkel Ladder truck, which not long after purchased, saved several people from one of the largest fires in Jersey Shore. He was also a lifetime member of the Elks in Jersey Shore.

He attended Jersey Shore High School and after enlisting in the United States Air Force, during the Korean War Conflict. Irvin was stationed at Edwards Air force base after first attending the AAF Aviation Engineer School, Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyo., in 1948. There he received training as an aviation engineer, also specializing in carpentry, and was assigned to an aviation engineer unit in California from 1948 to 1952. He was a Staff Sergeant at Edwards Air force Base, Calif., home of the Air Force Flight Test Center, which included single man test pilots that went on to become astronauts. The base was high security and the sight where the first pilot, Chuck Yeager, was to break the sound barrier.

Irvin was a member of the Air Installation basketball team and played opposite team of Chuck Yeager’s, Irvin’s team won more than once. He also enjoyed time at the famous Pancho’s Restaurant, featured in the movie, “The Right Stuff.”

Edwards Air Force Base, located in the Mojave Desert, was one of the most vital bases in the nation, and at a time when the important secrets of American air power were protected from foreign agents. The base was also known as, “the secret city” by romantic writers of that era.

Irvin received the Good Conduct Metal, then after an honorable discharge in 1952; he drove home to Pennsylvania, cross country on the original Rt. 66, which he traveled two times before, with his buddy in the 50’s style white convertible. Would that not be great fun?

Irvin had a rare wit about him, as he could make anyone laugh, even though his illness. He was a giving man, putting others before himself especially his family. Irvin had a big heart and will be missed dearly.

He has been laid to rest in Jersey Shore Cemetery where he will be with Jesus and his angels. Who knows? Maybe they are at Pancho’s celebrating his arrival.

May God wrap his arms around all of you and hold you close to His heart. He gives His angels charge over those who sleep, but He Himself watches over those who weep.

Arrangements entrusted to Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore.