John L. Irvin Jr., former chairman of the Missouri Credit Union Association board and a former director of the Kansas Credit Union League (now Kansas Credit Union Association), has died at the age of 87 (Missouri Difference Oct. 10).
Jim Holt, KCUA Board Chairman remembers Irvin from his involvement with the Northeast Chapter.
"He was very progressive and well organized. He had an ability to quickly analyze a situation and cut right to the heart of things,” said Holt. "He had a really infectious laugh and a jolly demeanor, but could get right to business when it was warranted. He was a very valued credit union person and will be missed by those who appreciated his willingness to contribute to the success of Kansas credit unions without thought of remuneration.”
Arnold Sandbothe, a former employee of the Missouri Credit Union Association, described Irvin as an innovator.
"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," he said. "His volunteerism not only reached top elected positions in Missouri, but also in neighboring Kansas and on the national level."
Irvin was the CEO of Yellow Freight CU from 1966 until 1985, and the president of Central CU from 1985 until 1991. He also was active with the Kansas City Chapter of Credit Unions and the Kansas City Credit Union Managers Association.