Ralph W. Irby

Railroad enthusiast, 84Ralph W. Irby, 84, of Seaside, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005, in Long Beach, Wash.

Mr. Irby was born to William and Eliza Myler Irby, Dec. 27, 1920 in Glenwood, Iowa. He grew up in Glenwood, receiving his education at the local schools.

In 1941, Mr. Irby joined the U.S. Marine Corps. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific and saw action in most of the large battles on the islands. He also served in Japan and was honorably discharged from military duty in 1948. Returning stateside, he worked as a stevedore and for many years worked for the railroads.

In the early 1970s, he moved to the beach from Packwood, Wash., with his sister Mary Edmonds and her husband Henry. He helped the Edmonds build their house in the Surfside area. In 1984, he moved to Astoria and later to Seaside.

Family members said he was an avid birdwatcher and was a member of local libraries. He enjoyed reading railroad magazines and other published history on railroads, even planning imaginary trips by train. He was a former member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his close friends of many years, Bud and Sherry Goulter of Oysterville, Wash.

No public service is scheduled.

Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

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