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23 May 2018

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Yukio (Ronald) Koda of Saratoga, passed peacefully at home on Jan. 18. Ronald was born in Parlier, Calif. on June 12, 1924. He is survived by Lillian Koda his wife of 66 years. His children Brad Koda of San Jose, Shirley Koda of Los Angeles, Patrick Koda of San Jose, and Rod Koda his wife Gwen; and grandchildren Joanna, Kevin and Matthew of Watsonville, Calif. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents Yoshitsugu Koda of Fresno and Shizuko Minato of Hiroshima, Japan. Shizuko sadly passed away in Gila, Ariz. shortly after arriving three weeks in the internment camp. Ronald was the second child of a family of seven children. His older sister Grace Kayano (deceased) younger brothers Roy Koda of Fresno, Bob Koda of Fresno, Molly Kokawa (deceased), Tom Koda of San Jose and Ben Koda of San Jose; stepmother Fumie Koda of Fresno and stepbrother Roger Koda of Fresno. Ronald attended Central Valley schools and was active in Future Farming programs. He was unable to deliver his graduation speech due to the curfew on Japanese Americans in 1942. With his family he was sent to the Gila, Arizona internment camp. While in camp he served as a juvenile police officer as well as a Boy Scout leader. Ronald left camp in 1944 to find employment in Cleveland, Ohio. He found employment in a factory supporting the war effort. Ronald returned to central California and continued to work in agriculture fields. In 1952 he moved to San Jose after his marriage to Lillian. He attended San Jose State and graduated in business. He was able to receive his secondary teaching certificate from the state of California. Ronald was one of the first Japanese American teacher in Santa Clara county. He started at Fremont High School and transferred to Sunnyvale High in its first year. Ronald was a typing and business teacher for 25 years. In 1960, Ronald establish a real estate business named Santa Clara Valley Realty. He had offices in Japantown in San Jose. Ronald loved to spend time gardening at his home. Salt water fishing was a passion he enjoyed catching salmon and tuna in Monterey. He enjoyed traveled to¬†Europe, China, Japan, as well as Canada. In 1994 Ronald was able to take his family to Hiroshima, Japan to visit his ancestral home land. Ronald accepted life’s challenges and he was thankful to have lived 93 years.