Irwin M. McDermott, 94, of Epworth, passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 at his home in Epworth.

Visitation for Irwin was 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth.

Mass of Christian burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 11, at St. John Catholic Church in Placid, with Rev. Tom McDermott presiding, assisted by Rev. Michael Schueller and several priests of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Lectors were Karen Koopmann, Meg Muir and Sheila Ward. Placing the pall was Mary Ellen Dietzel, Molly Brehm, Meg Muir, Fr. Tom McDermott, Steve McDermott, Karen Koopmann and Sheila Ward. Honorary Pallbearers were Pat Kennedy, Leo McDermott, Steve Ernst, Kenny Hosch, Fred Urbain and Paul Bierman. Music was performed by St. John Placid choir and grandchildren: Mike Dietzel, Maggie Nemmers and Katie Schramm. The mass was live- streamed at 10:30 a.m. to the St. Elizabeth Pastorate Facebook page. Burial was in St. John Cemetery in Placid, with full military honors afforded by the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650. Casketbearers were Terry Brehm, Dan Dietzel, Sam Koopmann, Thias McDermott, Joe Muir and Steve Ward.

Irwin was born Dec. 6, 1925, in Placid, son of Tommy and Katie (Anthoine) McDermott. He graduated from Loras Academy in Dubuque. On July 25, 1953, he was united in marriage to Joannel M. O’Brien at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fillmore. The couple farmed in the rural Placid area until they retired and moved to Epworth in 1997. She preceded him in death Feb. 18, 2019.

Irwin was a man of faith and valued being a good neighbor and friend. He contributed his time and talents on parish and community boards and countless hours in the maintenance and upkeep of St. John’s. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the Epworth American Legion John White Post #650 and the Farley Knights of Columbus Council #2001. Irwin was a devoted husband and the best dad ever. He will be sorely missed by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by seven children: Mary (Merlin) Dietzel of Dubuque, Molly (Tom) Brehm of Placid, Meg (Mike) Muir of Dubuque, Rev. Tom McDermott of Dubuque, Steve McDermott of Placid, Karen (Doug) Koopmann of Peosta and Sheila (Frank) Ward of Dubuque; 33 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one sister, Rita McDermott of Placid; sisters and brothers-in-law: Kay (Rex) Gogerty of Hubbard, Lois Schlegel of Fairfield, Conn., Mike (Joyce) O’Brien, Joe O’Brien, Terry (Delores) O’Brien, Deb (Bob) Green, Maurna O’Brien and Nikki Manternach, all of Cascade and Mary Ann O’Brien of Waunakee, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Phil McDermott; father and mother-in-law, Earl and Grace O’Brien; two sisters, Sr. Madeleve O.S.F. and Honora Genevieve McDermott; six brothers: John, Pat, Rev. Philip, Thomas, Leo and Francis (Marie) McDermott; brothers-in-law: Earl (Elaine), Ralph, George, Pat (Ann) and Steve O’Brien and Rich Schlegel; and one sister-in-law, Monica O’Brien.

In lieu of flowers, etc. please direct memorials to Seton Catholic School or St. John Catholic Church in Placid, Iowa.

Anyone wishing to send a memorial may send it to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN: Irwin McDermott family, P.O. 250, Epworth, IA 52045. Online condolence may be sent to the family at