Roger Otoji Shiozaki
Roger Otoji Shiozaki

SHIOZAKI, OTOJI ROGER, 90, Roger, a devoted husband and family man, passed away peacefully in Monterey, Calif. He was born Dec. 12, 1922, and died Feb. 8, 2013. He celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec. 12, 2012 (12/12/12). Roger was a native of Monterey and a product of Monterey grade schools, Monterey High and Salinas Junior College until World War II. He was a member of El Estero Presbyterian Church, Monterey Peninsula Nisei VFW Post #1629 and the Monterey chapter of the JACL. He loved Monterey and appreciated its beauty and rich history.

Roger was loving, compassionate, kind, supportive, generous and fun. He was meticulous in being neat in the way he dressed and in caring for his cars and yard. One of his favorite leisure activities was using his creative gift re-arranging the furniture and decor in his house. He never stopped learning in his field of interest and everything in life. He enjoyed reading the newspaper and magazines.

Roger had been a successful barber for 56 years in Monterey, finally retiring in 2006. Starting his own business was one of his biggest accomplishments.  He truly had a servant’s heart.  Throughout those years he cherished and treasured his many wonderful friendships.  Another accomplishment was sending his two children to college.

Roger married his wife Shizuko in 1952 in Monterey. Both Roger and Shiz shared good times as true Forty Niner faithful and sports enthusiasts. Roger and Shiz also shared a love of music, especially bands such as Glen Miller, The Dorseys, Benny Goodman and many others.

He is survived by his wife, Shiz; children, Michele Ann Takehara (Walton) of Sacramento and Steven Shiozaki (Marice) of Belmont; four grandchildren, Monica and Derek Takehara, Janelle and Ethan Shiozaki; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The celebration of his life was held Feb. 15 at the Mission Mortuary in Monterey.

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