Raymond L. "Ray" Irwin

  • "My grandpa was one of a kind Amazing wise loving grandpa!..."
    - Rose Bauer

Raymond Lee Irwin passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 24, 2018, at the age of 91. Born and raised in Chicago, he attended the University of Illinois, but his studies were interrupted when he went to serve with the US Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war he returned to the University and graduated in geology. He then went West to work in his chosen field, later moving to Sacramento where he made his home with his wife, Donna, and became a general contractor, building apartments and homes in the Sacramento area. Ray had an irrepressible sense of humor and a zest for life. He was an avid skier and tennis player (up until age 89!). He loved traveling the world, including his 35 yearly trips to Europe with Donna. He was fond of France, and especially enjoyed driving through the countryside with no particular schedule to hinder his sense of adventure. "The Mayor of Adelphi Court" and his ever present pipe will be dearly missed by his neighbors. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Donna; son Scott; 4 grandchildren: Ambyr, Rose, Jodi and Michael; 5 great-grandchildren; niece Phyllis Heinrich of Lake Geneva, WI and brother-in-law Gary Rayppy of Minneapolis, MN. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Ray's life on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 1-4 PM at the Nepenthe Clubhouse, 1131 Commons Dr., Sacramento, 95825.
Published in The Sacramento Bee from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, 2018
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