Irvin LeRoy Esp

June 20, 1925 — November 18, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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On Sunday, Nov. 18, Irvin LeRoy Esp, passed away at the age of 93.

LeRoy was born on June 20, 1925 in Greycliff, Montana to Olive Gregory Esp and Roy Esp. LeRoy was raised in Big Timber, Montana, living on his Grandmother Jennie Esp’s ranch with his father. LeRoy attended school at the Deer Creek school, a one-room schoolhouse, until he moved to Big Timber at the age of 9, where he attended elementary and high school, graduating in 1942.

Upon graduation LeRoy enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in September of 1943. He entered the cadet program with the intention of becoming a pilot and was stationed in Jamestown, North Dakota. With World War II coming to an end, the need for pilots was lessened and LeRoy became a radio operator. LeRoy remained in the service until January 1946. LeRoy re-enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and served until 1953 at Lowry Airforce Base as a staff sergeant.

Upon discharge from the airforce LeRoy moved to Laramie, Wyoming where he began working for the U.S. Postal Service. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in August, 1981, having attained the position of Post Master. While in Laramie, LeRoy met the love of his life, Hope Haskins. LeRoy and Hope married on Feb. 12, 1955. Together they raised two sons, William and Gregory and one daughter, Susan. LeRoy and Hope moved to Boise, Idaho in 2004.

After retirement LeRoy enjoyed working in his yard, watching the Denver Broncos football team and San Francisco Giants baseball. LeRoy was also an avid bird watcher. He was active in the American Legion Husted-Pendleton Post 14 where he was a Past Commander. He also enjoyed spending time with his four grandchildren, Michael and Tyler Esp, Kennis Liberty and Wyatt Esp.

LeRoy was preceded in death by his father, Roy, mother Olive and brother Bill. He is survived by his wife Hope, his three children, William, Gregory and Susan, and his sister Marion, daughter-in-law Linda Esp Yetter, four grandchildren, and three great children.

As requested LeRoy has been cremated with no memorial service.