Steve Irey, 1968

Steve Irey, 1968

June Ingersoll Roseberry informs us that our classmate, Steve Irey has only a few weeks to live. They found cancer on his arm and realized that it had spread to his liver and spine which has fractures. He is in immense pain and probably will be moved to a care facility. His brother has cancer also.

You can text Steve at 530-345-7768 or Teresa at 530-828-3363 (Teresa was a boarder for many years with Steve, who was like a dad to her.)

According to his Facebook page, Steve was a former medical administrator in the U.S. Air Force. He studied business administration at Cal State Chico and never left the Chico area. I remember talking to him at length at one of the class reunions — I lived across the street from him when we were in kindergarten and walked to Emerson School together! And for some strange reason, I have an image in my mind of us climbing a tree, which undoubtedly happened.

Here is Steve’s profile photo from his Facebook page:

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I also found these pictures of Steve taken in the 70s.

Steve Irey in his younger days

Steve Irey in his younger days

Here is a picture taken in the Thanksgiving of 2014. Steve is in the back row, in the maroon colored shirt. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Alan Landros BHS’70 thought that Steve is actually seated in the second row, in the light blue Hawaiian shirt. However, that is Steve’s brother, Alan.]

Irey family Thanksgiving 2014

Irey family Thanksgiving 2014

Please share your memories of Steve in the Comments section below. Les Heller was good enough to send along this picture of Steve when we were sixth graders at Emerson. The photo was taken by our teacher, Mr. Seymour Novins, a photography buff who won many prizes.

Photo of Steve Irey in the 6th grade.

Photo of Steve Irey in the 6th grade.

UPDATE: Steve passed on 4-21-2016.

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6 responses »

  1. bill reimers says:

    I am so sorry to hear that about Steve. We were friends around school for years. He was a great guy and so easy to talk with. I wish he and his family God’s blessing and I am sure we will meet again.

    Sincerely,

    Bill Reimers

    On Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:17 AM, Burbank High Class of 1968 wrote:

    > Katherine Crosier posted: ” June Roseberry informs us that our classmate, > Steve Irey has only a few weeks to live. They found cancer on his arm and > realized that it had spread to his liver and spine which has fractures. He > is in immense pain and probably will be moved to a care ” >

  2. Jill Gipson says:

    I went to Emerson School from K-5 until my family moved to Fullerton. Steve is very much a part of my wonderful childhood memories. We shared the same class every year except 3rd grade. I even got to square dance with that cute redhead!

    Steve, I am keeping you in my prayers for a gentle transition and God’s grace.

  3. Cheryl McNulty Hall says:

    My heart goes out to Steve and his family. I went all through school with him starting with elementary at Emerson. He was always a very nice and caring and friendly person. Keeping him in my thoughts and prayers.
    love and prayers,
    Cheryl McNulty Hall

  4. Christine Cullen Bartlett says:

    Steve…I have enjoyed your friendship through Muir and BHS…and now on FB. Your comments have always been clever and amusing. Thank you for making me smile and laugh. I’m so sorry to hear that you are ill. My prayers will be with you. xxoo

  5. Dave Campbell says:

    Dave Campbell

    Steve was always a nice guy, he never had a cross comment about anyone and always had a smile. It is sad to see another classmate going though cancer and its effects.

  6. Trish vosper says:

    Steve, I am so sorry to hear that you are ill. You will be in my prayers. May God bless you and your loved ones, and keep you during this difficult time. I have many memories of happy years at Muir and Burbank High with you and all of our 1968 class.
    Patti Molloy. ( Trish Vosper)

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