Arnold Lewis Irvine, age 68, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018 of congestive heart failure and other medical problems at St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson. He was born on June 24, 1949 in St. Ignatius, MT to Stanley and Cecille Finley-Lefthand Irvine. He was the 5th of sibling out of 7 children.
He enjoyed traveling, attending pow-wows in Montana, Idaho and Washington. He was an avid stick games player and also liked meeting with family and friends. He also enjoyed sports, including softball, bowling with friends and family, watching basketball and football and going to concerts. He loved spending time with his buddies, cousins, aunts, uncles, his children and grandchildren and many friends.
He married Jody Matt in 1978 in Pablo. He had two step-sons, Richard Matt who preceded him in death and Robert Matt of Polson. Arnold loved his music, listening to old country music and Mo-Town. Enjoyed traveling around with Jimmy Hewankorn to set up his band and also loved dancing.
He loved camping, fishing, riding around in the country enjoying the outdoor and Flathead Lake scenery. He also enjoyed cutting wood.
He is preceded in death by his dad Stanley Irvine, mom Cecille Matus, sister, Juanita Irvine, brothers, LeRoy, Robert “Bobby” and Ronnie Matus, his grandson Isaiah Matt, cousins, Charlotte Hewankorn, Jimmy Hewankorn and LaVerne Hewankorn and auntie Nancy Joseph.
He is survived by his wife Jody Irvine, his daughter Anitra Je’Net Irvine and granddaughter Aaliyciah Irvine of whom he helped raise with his wife Jody and Anitra; his step-dad Walter Matus, two brothers, Lloyd and Harold “Bubbins” Irvine, his aunt Alice Hewankorn as well as numerous nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
The Wake will begin on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. at Elmo with Rosary at 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday evening and Funeral services on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. all at Elmo with burial to follow services at Dayton Cemetery.