Obituaries

API community mourns death of civil liberties champion Mike Lowry

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by the International Examiner. Former Washington Governor Mike Lowry, an early champion of redress payments for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II and a passionate supporter of universal health care, passed away on Monday at the age of 78. Lowry was a much admired friend of the […]

OBITUARY: Yuri Shiono

SHIONO, YURI, 97 was a fun-loving and cheerful woman who loved being with her family and friends, hosting and going to parties, and cooking and eating good food. She was a sharp card player who would chatter the night away while winning hand after hand with friends. She died April 29, 2017. Yuri was born […]

OBITUARY: Gerald Haruo Hayashida

HAYASHIDA, GERALD HARUO, 71, of Reno, NV passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Gerald was born in Detroit, MI on August 20, 1945 to John and Harriet Hayashida. At an early age they relocated to the E. Bay where Gerald attended school in Berkeley and also lived in Oakland. Gerald participated in basketball in […]

Kakehashi, Roland founder and music pioneer, dies

SHIZUOKA, Japan — Ikutaro Kakehashi, the founder of electronic musical instruments maker Roland Corp., died April 1, people close to him said April 3. He was 87. Born in 1930 in Osaka, Kakehashi opened an electronics shop in Osaka in 1954 and began pursuing electronic instruments after he was asked by a church to repairing […]

OBITUARY: Betty Shimoda

SHIMODA, BETTY, 89, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2017 in Sebastopol, Calif. surrounded by her family. She was born Hiroko Kojima on January 5, 1928 in Osaka, Japan. She was a Corte Madera, Calif., resident from 1967, and then moved to Sebastopol, Calif. to live with her elder daughter and her family for the […]

OBITUARY: Frank Akira Iwama

IWAMA, FRANK AKIRA, 75, a pioneering Asian American lawyer who successfully represented the Japanese American Citizens League in the effort to obtain redress from the United States government for wrongful detention of Japanese Americans in internment camps during World War II, died on September 23, 2016 in San Mateo, California Frank was born on April […]

OBITUARY: Glenn Michitane Nakadate

NAKADATE, GLENN MICHITANE, 81, was born on Sept. 20, 1935 in Los Angeles, California. He died February 18, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada from complications due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. His parents were Michio Nakadate, DDS, and Taneko Yamato. He was preceded in death by his first ex-wife, Yoko Bettie Kawakami. He is survived by […]

OBITUARY: May Setsuko Nakao

NAKAO, MAY SETSUKO, 77, passed away after a stroke at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco on February 8, 2017. May was born in San Francisco and was the daughter of Shigeo and Shizue Nakao. She is survived by her younger brother, Richard Kazuo Nakao, who resides in Honolulu, Hawaii. May’s family was interned at Topaz, […]

OBITUARY: Pat Ishizaki

ISHIZAKI, PAT, wife of the late Joe Ishizaki passed away January 2017. She resided in San Francisco and is survived by her daughter. Celebration of life will be held at Halsted N. Gray-Carew & English, 1123 Sutter St. on Sat., March 4th at 11am. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Canine Companions for […]

OBITUARY: Kaoru Kay Maeyama

MAEYAMA, KAORU KAY, 89, was born in Vacaville, CA on August 15, 1927 and passed away peacefully on January 28 surrounded by her family. Kay is survived by her husband, Jun Maeyama, two children, Mark (Melissa) Maeyama of Pleasant Hill and Lynn Maeyama of Concord and 5 grandchildren. Kay was interned with her family at […]

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