ODA, MASAMI “SAM”, age 96 passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

He is survived by his wife Kazuko Oda, sister Mary Ota, sons Gary Oda (wife Judy), Dennis Oda, Edward Oda (wife Lois), daughters Janet Sonoda (husband Tom), Caroline Ouchida (husband Lester), grandchildren Russell Ouchida (wife Hsiao-Wei), Joanne Sonoda-Yu (husband David), Ryan Ouchida, Alison Sonoda, Colleen Oda, Roger Oda (wife Valerie), Michael Sonoda (wife Mariel), Kevin Oda, Lindsay Oda, great-grandchildren Jordan Yu and Kara Yu. He was preceded in death by brothers Hike Oda (wife Taye) and Kanki Oda (wife Masayo).

He graduated from U.C. Berkeley Business School class of 1935, worked pre 1942 as a manager for Japanese Farmers Cooperative San Luis Obispo, Calif., retired from Trailmobile in Berkeley, Calif. He was a member of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, Contra Costa JACL, East Bay Golf Club, and was a member of the same Saturday night poker group for over 45 years.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, 2121 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.

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