Irvin Earl Roush, 76, of Lynchburg, died Friday morning (Jan. 9, 2009) at Highland District Hospital, Hillsboro. He is survived by his wife, Ann Hilterbrand Roush.

Mr. Roush was born Oct. 16, 1932, in Lynchburg, son of the late Fred C. and Mecia J. Penquite Roush. He was a retired master sergeant and served as an aircraft mechanic for 42 years with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis and Desert Storm. He was a member of the Bainbridge American Legion Post 14 and a life member of the AmVets Post 61.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a grandson, Scott (Angie) Chaney of Hillsboro; three great-granddaughters, Erin, Amber and Aidan Chaney; two sisters, Donna Fite of Fairfax and Doris Grabo of Austin, Texas; a brother, Fred W. (Dianne) Roush of Lynchburg; a son-in-law, David Chaney of Hillsboro; two special nephews, Rusty and Ronald Fite; a niece, Betty Jo Ratliff; and several additional nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Chaney, and a granddaughter, Denise Chaney.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the Lynchburg Masonic Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Highland County honor guard. There will be no public visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donorís choice. Arrangements are under the direction of DAVIS-TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 201 Broadway St., Lynchburg. For more information or to send online condolences to the family, visit