OBITUARY: Ronald Kenji Hitomi

Ronald Kenji Hitomi

April 4, 1928 – Feb. 14, 2021


Sacramento, California – HITOMI, RONALD KENJI passed peacefully away of natural causes on February 14 at 7:30 AM. Ron is survived by his devoted wife Grace, sons Kevin and Brian, daughter-in-law Helen, granddaughter Nicole, stepsons Chris and Dan. He has many nieces, nephews, and close friends and will be deeply missed. He is preceded in death by his first wife Terri Takako Yoshikawa.

A native to Sacramento, at the age of 13, Ron was interned at the Tule Lake Relocation Center along with many people of Japanese ancestry. After WWII, Ron served two tours in Japan and in Korea. As a Sergeant, he received the victory medal of honor and was honorably discharged from the US Army.

He attended UC Berkeley and the California School of Arts and Crafts. Ron’s love for the arts led him to pursue a career as a commercial artist. He worked for Gerth, Brown, Clark and Elkus, until opening a partnership called Curran Singley and Hitomi. Ron was recognized by his peers as one of the best in commercial art. He retired to lots of golf and ventured into creating golf related cards, calendars, and logos. Ron was an active member of Kagero Golf Club, serving as treasurer, vice president and president.

Due to pandemic, services will be private and limited to close family members. Thank you for the great service provided by Sutter Care Hospice. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Asian Community Center 7311 Green Haven Drive, Unit #187, Sacramento, CA. 95831. Services under the direction of Sacramento Memorial Lawn and officiated by Reverend Igarashi of the Nichiren Buddhist Church of Sacramento.

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