Age 77 of Clayton, passed away on March 14, 2015 at the Heartland Hospice House.
Mr. Klair was born in Wilmington, the son of the late Olive Winifred (Fouracre) and Marvin Klair. He was a retired millwright from Stauffer Chemical.
Irv was a drag racer in the early 60’s racing at many local drag strips. He belonged to the Upper Chesapeake Water Ski Club from the mid to late 60’s and skied at over 100 mph. Irv enjoyed riding motorcycles from 1970 to the early 90’s. He rode in 48 states, all the provinces of Canada and many countries in Europe, putting about 500,000 miles on his bikes. In 1956, he began body building at the YMCA and won the Mr. Wilmington and Mr. Delaware body building titles in 1964. He continued to train at the gym into his later years. In the mid 80’s, Irv began building custom Fords with 460 engines. By 2011, he had completed 6 cars that were all featured in magazines with two on the covers. He also belonged to the Delaware Camera Club, where he scored top points in competition for two consecutive years.
Irv is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Fay Klair of Wilmington; his grandsons, Ryan and Nathan Klair and his companion of over 20 years, Marie Bowers.
Funeral services will be held at Limestone Presbyterian Church, 3201 Limestone Road on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 12 Noon. Friends may visit at the church after 10 AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Faithful Friends, 12 Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804. Mealeyfuneralhomes.com