Irvin B. McCleary Jr.

APRIL 21, 1921-APRIL 10, 2012

April 11, 2012

Irvin Benedict McCleary Jr., passed away April 10, 2012, at the Shook Home, Chambersburg, Pa.

Irvin was born in Waynesboro, Pa., on April 21, 1921, to father, Irvin B. McCleary Sr. and mother, Susan Alice Shorb McCleary. He had an older sister, Jane Alvilda McCleary-Sizemore. He resided in the Waynesboro area until 2011, when due to health conditions he and his wife, Gene, moved to the Shook Home.

Irvin graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1939 and attended Shippensburg State Teachers College. He married Gene Minerva Beahm on Jan. 14, 1945, and they have two sons, Irvin B. McCleary III and Dale E. McCleary.

For more than 30 years, Irvin was a part-time professional musician, playing with many regional bands, most notably the Bob Carpenter Combo. A lifelong member of Trinity United Church of Christ, he served on the consistory for 16 years, of which he was chairman for two. He was also treasurer for three years, deacon for four years and financial secretary for four years. Irvin retired from Landis Machine in 1987 after 46 years of employment and was the supervisor of the general accounting office for 30 of those years.

During his life, he was involved in many community and social organizations. He was a Free Mason at Acacia Lodge 586 since 1959; a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 731 since 1943; a member of the Eagles Club Inc., and a lifelong member of the A.T.H.&L. Fire Co. No. 1 of Waynesboro. Irvin served on the Greater Waynesboro United Way for more than 15 years, both as president and a member of the campaign committee. He served on the board of  Waynesboro Area Human Services for 12 years, including terms as president and treasurer. He was on the board of the Green Hill Cemetery for 27 years, of which he was the president for 15.

Irvin is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gene; two sons, Irvin III and Dale; daughter-in-law, Christina (Stoner); and three grandchildren, Brock R. McCleary and wife, Niki, and great-granddaughter, Harper, of Washington, D.C., Kathryn S. McCleary and husband, Gary, of Chestertown, Md., and Sean S. McCleary of Bozeman, Mont.  

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, Pa., on Tuesday, April 17, at 2 p.m.

Friends may greet the family an hour before the service. Interment will be private. 

Donations in Irvin's name may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at

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