Dennis and Arlene
Dennis and Arlene Irvin graduated from LaCrosse High School,
LaCrosse, KS in 1967. Dennis then attended Bethany College in
Lindsborg, KS and graduated from the San Francisco School of
Mortuary Science in 1971. Dennis and Arlene were married in
Dennis completed his apprenticeship in Salina, KS at
Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home in 1973. He then went to
work for the Rindt Mortuary in Arkansas City, KS before moving to
Manhattan in 1981 when he and Arlene purchased the Parkview
Funeral Home renaming it the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home in
Arlene graduated from Kansas Wesleyan, Salina, KS in 1972 (BS)
and Wichita State University in 1977 (MS). She taught
business classes at Winfield High School, Winfield, KS, Cowley
County Community College, Arkansas City, KS, Manhattan High School
and Manhattan Area Technical College for a total of 28 years,
retiring in 2006.
Dennis is a member of the First United Methodist Church,
Manhattan Catbackers, Manhattan Lions Club, Lafayette Lodge # 16
A.F. & A.M., ISIS Temple of Salina, KS, Manhattan Shrine Club
where he is currently serving on the Board of Directors, Wildcat
Creek Golf Course, Sheltering Embrace Campaign for Homecare and
Hospice serving on the steering committee, and Manhattan Community
Foundation where he serves as a Trustee.
Professionally Dennis is a member of the Kansas Funeral
Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors
Association.Arlene is a member of the First United Methodist
Church, Manhattan Lions Club, Manhattan Catbackers, Manhattan
Chapter #209 O.E.S., Adult chapter of AFS, (past president), Fairy
Godmother with the Manhattan Community Foundation, PEO Chapter DE,
Flint Hills Community Clinic (currently serving as Secretary),
Manhattan NEA (past member) and NEA (past member).
They have one daughter, Maggie, who is married to Guillaume
Goudy and a granddaughter, Emma.
Mike and Helen
Mike has over 30 years of experience in the funeral industry. He
was raised in the Solomon, Kansas area where he graduated from
Solomon High School; he then attended Kansas Wesleyan University
and received his BS degree from University of Central Oklahoma in
Mike is also a past Master of the Emporia Masonic Lodge, a
member of Miriam Chapter OES, and is a member of the Downtown Lions
in Salina, Kansas. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer and
a licensed insurance pre-need counselor.
He is married to Helen who is a licensed RN with the Salina
Regional Health Center as a CVOR nurse assisting in the open heart
department, and a surgical nurse with Salina and Manhattan Surgical
Centers. She is a graduate of North High School in Wichita, KS; she
also attended Wichita State University and is a graduate of the
nursing program at Kansas Wesleyan University.
They have 6 children together, Kelli, Amanda, Thomas, Adam,
Shannon and Shauna and a grandson Nevan.