The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 23, 2011

Bobby Lee Irick

JOPLIN, MO — Bobby Lee Irick, age 83, of Joplin, passed away at 2:11 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2011, at St. John's Regional Medical Center Emergency Room after a sudden illness.

Born Jan. 5, 1928, in Wewoka, Okla., he was the son of the late Solomon Irick and Mable Etta Loney Irick. A Korean War veteran, Mr. Irick served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956, first as a B-29 gunner and later in air-to-air refueling. He had lived in Joplin since 1956, working for the Missouri Highway Patrol in commercial vehicle enforcement for 25 years, retiring in 1990. From 1956 to 1987, he was a member of McKinley Avenue Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon for 20 years. He then joined Fellowship Baptist Church and was an active member until his death.

On April 15, 1948, he married Clara Jo Duncan, at Elk City, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Gregory Dean Irick, of Joplin; and a brother, William B. Irick and his wife, Lois, Joplin; sister-in-law, Mary Irick, of Joplin; two nieces, Cathy Orvis and Linda Sapp; and many friends. Bobby was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo B. Irick and Floyd Irick. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fellowship Baptist Church with Pastor Rex Wakefield and Rev. Jack Jones officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Osborne Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Lloyd Bailey, Don Comer, Joe Murphey, Dennis Cory, Larry Tennis and Win Smith. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Mortuary.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund.


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