The seventh of nine children, he grew up in the Swiss community of Sonnonburg/Kidron. He attended Kidron Grade School and later Hesston College in Kansas. He also took some classes at Elkhart Mennonite Seminary.
On June 26, 1948, he married Arlene Steiner. She died June 29, 1988.
Surviving children include Ray (Kay) Nussbaum of Salem, Ore., Larry (Cheryl) Nussbaum of Lawrence, Kan., Dean (Bonita) Nussbaum of Eugene, Karen (Harold) Miller of Broadway, Va., Marlin (Karla) Nussbaum of Poplar Grove, Ill., Ted (Kathy) Nussbaum of Kodiak, Alaska, and LaJane (Bill) Moore of Ashland, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Irvin married Nelda (Zehr) Glick on Aug. 19, 1990. Her surviving children are Phil Glick of Orlando, Fla., Kim (Mari) Glick of Goshen, Kevin (Sue) Glick of Akron, Pa., and Mike (Diane) Glick of Goshen; seven surviving grandchildren, one deceased; and nine great-grandchildren. Irvin is also survived by a brother, Nathan (Ruby) Nussbaum of Goshen.
He was preceded in death by seven siblings, Elma (Ruben) Bixler, Lila (John Zook and Dan Lehman), Gilbert (Olive) Nussbaum, Laura (Lores) Hofstetler, Clarence (Luella) Nussbaum, Rosa (Loyal) Kratzer and Delvin (Ruth) Nussbaum.
Irvin served his country as a conscientious objector during World War II at a base camp in Luray, Va., and at a mental hospital in Farnhurst, Del. After the war, he traveled on a cattle boat to deliver horses to Poland.
He farmed in Kidron and Walker, Mo., and was a pastor at churches in Hutchinson, Kan.; Walker; Benton; Fisher, Ill.; Manson, Iowa; and Cairo, Neb.
Some of his other occupations were teaching winter Bible school, construction work, masonry, working at a feed mill, dairy delivery and working at Starcraft. Irvin retired in 1987 to Kidron, where he worked at a woodworking shop and in farm delivery. After Irvin and Nelda married they settled in Goshen, where Irvin enjoyed volunteering at Goshen Hospital. He was most recently a member of Waterford Mennonite Church.
Family and friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 1911 S. Main St., Goshen, and for an hour prior to the 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, graveside service and burial at Kidron Mennonite Church in Kidron. A 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, memorial service will be at Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 S.R. 15, Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be given in Irvin’s name to Goshen Home Care and Hospice or Mennonite Central Committee. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.