Walter F. Irey (1931 - 2014)

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Walter F. Irey

1931 - 2014

Of Anderson, CA died on August 1, 2014 at Copper Ridge Care Center Redding, CA after a lengthy illness. Born September 6, 1931 in French Camp, CA to James Washington and Nellie Marie Verback Irey, the eighth of nine children.

Graduated class of 1949 from Red Bluff High School, Red Bluff, CA and entered the US Army during the Korean War serving stateside as a heavy vehicle driving instructor at Ft. Eustis, VA. Returned to Red Bluff entering government service with the United States Postal Service and also served as a volunteer for both the Red Bluff Fire Department and the Red Bluff Police Department. In 1972, he moved to Mt. Shasta, CA after being appointed as Officer in Charge, then Postmaster. As Post Master he also served as the Officer in Charge and trainer at various Post Offices until a new postmaster was selected He served on the Western States Postmaster Selection Board for several years. He retired to Anderson in 1986 after serving 36 years with the USPS. After retiring he worked four years at Anderson's Funeral Chapel. He was a member of The American Legion and also the Red Bluff Elks Lodge #1250 for 54 years. He continued to enjoy many years traveling and fishing with his wife, Catherine.

Preceded in death by his parents, James and Nellie, and siblings Dorothy Mettler, Marguerite Carey, John, Meryl, Carroll, James, Jerry and Donald Irey.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Catherine of Anderson, CA; her children Elizabeth (Paul) Lopitz of Jensen Beach, Florida and Christopher Reynolds (Kimberly) of White City, Oregon; and his daughter Jennifer (David) Murray of Citrus Heights, CA. Also survived by grandchildren Kayla, Brittney, Samuel, Erin, Elizabeth (Lizzie) and great-grandson Nicholas as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Parish on August 21, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. followed by a luncheon at the Parish Hall. Inurnment will be held at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, Igo, CA at 2:00 P.M. following the luncheon. The Reverend Philip J. Wells and Reverend George Snyder officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

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Published in Redding Record Searchlight on Aug. 13, 2014
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