James Edward Irby, 76, of Springfield died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home. He was born to Arnold Julius and Agnes Lucille (Bruce) Irby June 20, 1940 in Rosiclare, IL. He married Mary E. Barbee on April 28, 1984, and she survives. James retired from CIPS in 1996 after 26 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Irby of Springfield; two sisters, Betty Goolsby of Rosiclare and Carlene (Don) Eggemeyer of Springfield; one brother, Julian (Shirley) Irby of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding him in death are his parents; one brother, William Irby; three sisters, Elizabeth Chapin, Jeanie Creamer, and Brenda Flynn; and a brother-in-law, A.H. Barbee.
A visitation will be held from 12 – 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Staab Funeral Home-Springfield with Pastor Clint Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Petersburg.