Irving Falk

  • Born: March 12, 1918
  • Died: February 9, 2009
  • Location: Longview, Texas

Tribute & Message From The Family

Irving Falk
Irving Falk, 90, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2009 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Falk was born March 12, 1918 in East Patterson, New Jersey to Russian immigrates Morris and Celia Falk. At the young age of 18, Irving left his family dairy farm to begin his life in Longview, Texas where he started his scrap metal business which would later become Industrial Steel Warehouse in Longview, Texas. When drafted into the Army he left the business in the hands of his brother-in-law Morris Milstein while serving his country in WWII until he returned. While serving he joined the Army Air Corp where he navigated the B-24 aircraft "The Liberator" and also flew anti-submarine missions on the West Coast until his plane crashed which he survived.
Irving touched many lives on his journey and donated time and resources too many institutions such as LeTourneu University, East Texas Oil Museum, was instrumental in starting YMCA, Good Shepard's Institute for Healthy Living, and was a charter member of Temple Emanuel.
Irving traveled the world in connection with his business and had friends and business associates in many countries.
A dignified gracious gentleman, Mr. Falk will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Celia Falk, sisters Ada Milstein, Anna Hoffman, Fannie Crystal, and brothers, Louis and Meyer Falk.
Survivors include a loving wife of 32 years, Katherine Cook Falk, son Brad Falk, stepson, Phillip Bayman, grandson, Louis Falk, sister Betty Glick from Texarkana, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to a friend of 53 years, Theral Hargis. Also, special thanks to doctors and staff of Beacon Hospice at Margaret's House.

Services will be held at 2 PM Monday, February 9, 2009 in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Longview. Burial will follow in Memory Park Cemetery.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Kathy and family,

We were deeply saddened to hear about Irving. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God bless.

Posted by Mike, Gina, Mathew, Jeremy and Benjamin Joseph - San Antonio, TX   April 06, 2009

Sorry to hear of your loss. Glad that we that we got to visit with you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Gary and Rosemary Jacobs - Longview, TX   April 06, 2009

What wonderful memories I have of Irving, Bradley and Evalene. I grew up across the street and am so greatful for those memories. In later years when Kathy came into Irving's life I was so happy that he found someone and my heart goes out to Brad and Kathy and all of the family. My prayers are with you all. Love you, Betsy

Posted by Betsy Allan - Tucson, AZ   April 06, 2009

Kathy, I enjoyed learning more about Irving and his early years from the paper writeup. What am example of what someone can do, it they work hard? I send my love to you and in the days ahead. Barbara

Posted by Barbara Gilbert - Longview, TX   April 06, 2009

I enjoyed Knowing Mr. Falk he was a wonderful person. I loved his sence of humor and class. He will be remembered and missed.

Posted by Jeffery Keller - Longview, TX   April 06, 2009

Mrs. Falk,

We were sorry to have learned of Mr. Falk's passing and wanted to express our sympathies to you and your family. Our prayers are with you during this time.

Bill, Nicole, Kendall, & Kannon Hawker

Posted by Bill Hawker - Sugar Land, TX   April 06, 2009

Helen Trussell and I both send our condolences on your loss. He will be missed.

Posted by Diana Hidalgo - longview, TX   April 06, 2009

Just letting you know that are prayers are with you and your family.
Sara Nations & Jean Jones (Total Packaging)

Posted by Jean - Longview, TX   April 06, 2009


I'm sorry your dad passed away. Let me know if you need anything.

David Ruff
Longview TX

Posted by David Ruff - Longview, TX   April 06, 2009

I did not know Mr. Falk well, but he was a faithful supporter of the United Way and other worthy causes in our community, and was always very gracious to me. I offer my sincere condolences to the family.

Posted by Gene Dworsky - Longview, TX   April 06, 2009

Kathy and Phillip,

Mike and I are deeply saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Canno and Mike

Posted by Carolyn Walker - Fort Worth, TX   April 06, 2009