She married LeRoy "Bud" Rodman on Sept. 3, 1954, and lived in the Port Orchard area for many years. Irene worked in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for a few years as a secretary. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning and camping and was very involved with church activities.
After retirement, Irene and Bud traveled the United States for over 17 years as part of the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program, providing various assistance and repairs to Christian churches and camps. They settled in Hays, Kansas, in 2005.
A woman of deep faith, Irene touched and helped shape the physical and spiritual lives of family, friends and people around the world through her tireless examples of love, devotion and care. She enjoyed serving others and encouraged them through her letter writing and cards. She was very proud of her seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Irene is survived by her husband of almost 62 years, Bud, of Stockton, Kansas; son Stephen of Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania; daughter Gail Gallaway of Stockton; and brother Curtis of Gig Harbor.
A private graveside service and a memorial service were held in Stockton. Memorials may be sent to North Oak Community Church in Hays, Kansas, or Lutheran Braille, care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 723 North First, Stockton, Kansas 67669. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.plumeroverlease.com.