CORVALLIS – Bill Irby, 54, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, due to a tragic accident at the Mr. Asphalt Plant north of Hamilton.

As a child, he visited family in Montana and knew then this was where he belonged. Luckily, in 2008 his job brought him to the Bitterroot Valley, where he and his wife settled into their loving home in Corvallis.

He was an avid Harley rider, animal lover and a master of laughter.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sheere Irby of Corvallis; his parents, Ray and Betty Irby of Hamilton; three brothers, Rus of Bakersfield, Calif., Jim of Placerville, Calif., and Robert of Hamilton; many nieces and nephews; and an extremely large, loving extended family of wonderful friends and neighbors.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Hamilton Grange Hall No. 116, south of Hamilton.

There will be a celebration of life after the service at the family home, 1836 Sutherland Lane, Corvallis. Food, drinks and laughter will be served.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to the Bill Irby Safety Fund c/o Ravalli County Bank Corvallis.

Brothers Mortuary and Crematory is assisting the family with services. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com.

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