Charley Chiyu Hirai

Sept. 11, 1921 — July 25, 2019

From Mattawa, WashingtonBorn in Rexburg, Idaho

Public Visitation

  •   Starts:
    Sat, August 17 2019, 9 a.m.
  •   Ends:
    11 a.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Celebration of Life

  •   Starts:
    Sat, August 17 2019, 11 a.m.
  •   Ends:
    noon
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Graveside

Reception

Charley Hirai, 97, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 25 in Richland, Washington. He was the oldest and last surviving child born to Yuzo and Yoshiko Hirai. He was born on Sept. 11, 1921 in Rexburg, Idaho. He attended school in Rexburg, graduating in 1939 from Madison H.S. The family moved to Idaho Falls in 1941. He married Martha Fujikawa on Nov. 4, 1950 in Idaho Falls. To this union 6 children were born. Charley and family farmed in Idaho Falls, the Raft River area, Jerome, and finally settling in Mattawa, Washington where he retired and lived with his loving and devoted wife Martha.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Martha, 4 sons and a daughter; Harvey (Carol), Steve, Maureen (Ted), Rio (Janiece), and Allen; 13 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Charley was preceded in death by his parents, a son Edward Howard, and siblings Bob, Violet, James, Jack, Lucille, Yosh, Jerry and Mack and a granddaughter, Holly.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Einan’s Funeral Home in Richland, Washington on Saturday, Aug. 17th at 11 am. A viewing will be held prior to services from 9 to 10:45 am. A luncheon will be held immediately following the services.

A special thank you to the staff at Assured Hospice, Richland Rehab, Tri-City Home Health and Brookdale Torbett in caring for our dad and husband. 


Guestbook for

Charley Chiyu Hirai


  • Our sincerest sympathies on the passing of Charlie. We all have fond memories over the years of the Hirai Family and especially Charlie , being the oldest sibling. He was so gracious and a good caring human being. May you all take comfort in knowing that he is in a good place, now. The Sekino's Warren (Lucia) Sekino, Irene Linnett, and David (Erin) Sekino

    Sekino Family
    Aug. 5, 2019
    Salt Lake City, utah

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