Roy Irwin

Roy Emery Irwin U.S. Veteran

Prineville, Ore.

September 20, 1938 - November 27, 2017

Roy Emery Irwin passed away Nov. 27, 2017, at St. Charles Prineville Hospital in Prineville, Ore., from complications after a fall which resulted in a fractured pelvis. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

He was born Sept. 20, 1938, to Harold Roy Irwin and Ida Margaret Martin in Sacramento, Calif.
Roy attended Hood River schools, graduating from Hood River High School in 1956. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy, earning an IC3 (E-4) rating and receiving an honorable discharge on Sept, 18, 1959.

Returning to Hood River, he worked as an electrician for Harvey Aluminum, then went into a partnership with Gordon Arnold, as Arnold and Irwin Heating and Roofing. In 1965, he joined and served as a volunteer fireman with Hood River Fire Department. He took an engineering position with the department in 1971. Roy took the position as fire chief for his final seven years, and ended a 32-year career retiring in 1997.

Following retirement, he and his wife traveled the country for five years in their motor home, returning in the summers to share their experiences with family and friends. Eventually they settled in Mesquite, Nev. He became an avid golfer and tried to play a round at least four times a week. He and wife Susie moved to Prineville upon the birth of their granddaughter Charlotte to be closer to family.

Roy spent many years coaching Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and umpiring girls’ softball.

He married Susie (Schenk) Irwin on April 4, 1964, and celebrated 53 years of marriage. He said his proudest accomplishments were his three sons who survive him: Jeffrey Irwin (wife Samantha) of Hood River, Michael Irwin (wife Julie) of Portland and Brian Irwin (wife Audrey) of White Salmon. He was also blessed with two grandchildren, Charlotte Frances Irwin and Jaxen Roy Irwin, and niece Cindy McHargue of Dallesport, Wash.

A private family celebration of his life and scattering of his ashes will be held next spring in Hood River.


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