Former chairman of the Missouri Credit Union Association (MCUA) Board, John L. Irvin, Jr. passed away at the age of 87. He served on the board from 1965-1967 when the position was referred to as president of the Missouri Credit Union League.
His commitment to credit unions is still remembered by many. Arnold Sandbothe, a former employee of MCUA, worked closely with Mr. Irvin.
“John Irvin was a true credit union pioneer in Missouri,” says Sandbothe. “He was not only a professional credit union executive, but held numerous volunteer positions that influenced untold positive outcomes for the success of credit unions of today. His volunteerism not only reached top elected positions in Missouri, but also in neighboring Kansas and on the national level.”
Irvin was born on June 19, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo. He was a lifelong resident. Upon graduation from Paseo High School at age 16, he was hired by North American Aviation to be a builder of the B-25 bomber. While serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict, he was awarded nine service medals.
He worked as an underwriter for the Dodson Insurance Group (1946-1966), the CEO of Yellow Freight Credit Union (1966-1985) and president of Central Credit Union (1985-1991). He also dedicated time to the Kansas City Chapter of Credit Unions and the Kansas City Credit Union Managers Association. Additionally, he was a former director of the Retail Credit Association and the Kansas Credit Union League.
“We all owe him a debt of respect and gratitude for the professional career we enjoyed in the credit union field in which he gave so freely of his time and talent into a professionally recognized financial institution,” reflects Sandbothe.
In addition to his work in the credit union movement, he also served on the Shawnee Mission School District O.E.A. Advisory Committee, as treasurer for the 5th Congressional District and as the Democratic Committeeman from the 23rd Ward of Jackson County for two years.
Fond memories and condolences may be left at the Flora Hills Funeral Home website or sent to D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64133.