Brad Irwin

Brad R. Irwin, 63, of Aitkin died October 25, 2016 at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held October 29 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. David Forsman officiating. 

Burial was at the Motley Public Cemetery.

Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.

Brad was born on October 14, 1953 in Brainerd, Minnesota to Gene and Bettylou (Rosvold) Irwin. At the age of three they moved to St. Cloud where he attended schools through the second grade. The family moved to Motley where he finished his education graduating from the Motley High School in 1972. He attended college at the University of Minnesota Crookston, North Dakota State in Fargo graduating  in 1976 with a BS degree in Agricultural Education. He taught school in Melrose in 1977 and went to work for the ASCS program until 1986. He married Renee Simons on June 7, 1980 in Fergus Falls. They lived in Fergus Falls for one year, then at West Lost Lake, Underwood where he was the director of the ASCS program. They moved to Glen Ullin, North Dakota in 1988 and worked in Farm Business Management. In 1988 they moved to Aitkin where he taught at Central Lakes College Farm Business Management. Brad returned to school and received his Masters Degree  in Education from Southwest State University, Marshall. In 2008 he began teaching at the Aitkin High School Ag Education, industrial technology and physical science. Brad was an alternative education instructor at Aitkin Schools and Extension educator for Aitkin County. He taught one year at the Pierz High School. Brad was currently employed with Rain and Hail Crop Insurance Co. and had served as an Aitkin Township Supervisor and Aitkin Township Clerk. In high school and college he was in FFA and  served as an FFA advisor for many years. He was a longtime member of the Riceland Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and Cattleman’s Association. He was an avid deer hunter, fisherman, camper, archery, trapper, canoeist and outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Molly Irwin of Moose Lake; mother, Bettylou (Lionel) Stelck of Motley and sister, Lujean Vacura of Motley. 

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

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