William L. Irving, or more commonly known as “Mont” or “Monty,” a longtime resident of Cascade Locks, Ore., passed away the Portland VA Medical Center with family by his side on Jan. 27, 2010.
Monty was born March 8, 1926, in Gooding, Idaho, to William Floyd and Afton Delilah Irving. He moved in his youth with his family to Hood River, Ore. It was in his youth that Monty developed a love for the outdoors.
Monty served our country proudly during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in the South Pacific and hauled aircraft and was a signalman — or more affectionately known as a “skivvy waver” — he was the flag man who helped aircraft land safely on the carrier.
After the war he moved to Cascade Locks, Ore., and it was during this time that he fell for a lovely young Genevieve Rose Woodward and would find excuses to drive by her house. One day “Gen’s” grandmother said, “Why don’t you invite that boy inside?” and shortly thereafter, on May 19, 1947, they married; and to this union were blessed four children.
Monty was proud of his service to our country and has been a member of the VFW for more than 60 years. He was very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and also the military order of the Cootie an “Honored Degree” of the VFW. He is a past Grand Commander (1962-63 and 1995-96) and the Cooties of the year in 1995. He and Gen both were active in the Cootie organization.
He worked for 27 years driving truck for Miller and Spear Beverage Company. His route was throughout the Portland area and he collected many friends along the way.
Monty enjoyed being with his family and friends. He enjoyed the great outdoors; hunting and fishing. His family has many fond memories of their hunting trips to the Ukiah and The Blues.
Monty is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of 63 years, Genevieve Irving “Gen,” of their home in Cascade Locks; four children, Janet (and Ronald) Eldridge, of Prineville, Ore., Chet (and Yvonne) Irving, of Vancouver, Wash., Sherilyn (and Robert) Foley, of Cascade Locks, and Elizabeth Jimmerson, of Gresham, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martena Pennington, of Cascade Locks, and Patricia “Pat” (and Ralph) Hesgard, of Cascade Locks, stepbrother Seth Taylor, of Emmett, Idaho; and numerous other family and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Afton Delilah Taylor Dykman, Oscar “Pee Wee” Irving, Walter “Pete” Irving and Richard “Babe” Irving.
Services are planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Family friend and fellow veteran Larry Alexander will be the master of ceremonies. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note or share a memory with his family.
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