Koda Farms

Obituaries- March 25

Frank Yukio Fujita, 81, former resident of San Mateo, an amazing and accomplished watercolor artist. Passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 11 in Burbank, Calif. Preceded in death by parents Yuya and Yoshi Fujita. Survived by loving companion Patrick McHugh, sister Kikuko (Yoshimi, deceased) Tsukamoto, brother George (Florence) Fujita, seven nephews and nieces, 10 great-nephews and nieces, and many devoted friends.

Ray Toshio Matsubara entered into Nirvana on February 14, 2010 at the age of 80. Ray was born on February 25, 1929, in Isleton, CA to the late Ichizo and Sumie Matsubara. He is survived by his loving wife of over 54 years June Katsuno (Nakahara), children Jill (Don) Birnbaum and grandson David, Denise (Cary) Lapidus and granddaughters Callie and Casey, Dale (Tammy) Matsubara, Wendy Bartlett and grandsons Kory, Jarod (JT) and Kendal. He is also survived by brothers George Matsubara; Jean (Kiyo) Matsubara; Donald (Fumi) Matsubara, sisters-in-law Carol (Robert) Setoguchi; Frances Nakahara; brother-in-law Kazuharu Omoto and many nieces and nephews as well as aunts and cousins. Ray was preceded in death by son-in-law Ken Bartlett; brother-in-law Eddie Nakahara; and sister-in-law Yuri Omoto. Ray lived in the Delta for most of his life. He attended Isleton Elementary School and graduated from Rio Vista High School class of 1947. During World War II, Ray's family was interned in the relocation camp in Tule Lake, CA. where he lived in Block 25. In fall of 1943 his family moved to Idaho where he spent some time in relocation Camp Minidoka and he learned about growing potatoes. After a few years in Idaho, he returned to Isleton where he worked alongside his father, cut iron for Blackwelder's Iron Works, then settled into farming on his own for almost 60 years on Brannan Island. Ray spent part of his retirement tending various bridges and ferries in the Delta to keep busy and fully retired after moving to Elk Grove in 1994. Over the years, he enjoyed traveling all over the US with "Bill's Tour Group" and as well as gambling trips to Reno, Las Vegas and various local casinos. He was a member of the Walnut Grove Buddhist Church, Hiroshima Kenjin-Kai, and Florin JACL. Ray enjoyed all of his grandchildren, and especially loved watching them in their various sporting activities. His presence will be missed by the spectator crowd and all the circles he was a part of. Ray will be remembered for his generosity, friendly disposition and willingness to lend a hand.

Richard Morofuji, 77, passed away on Feb. 22 in Anaheim. He is survived by his wife, Midori Morofuji; step-children, Kathy Ung, Ken (Susie) Nozawa, Carrie (Greg) York; grandchildren, Brandon and Kimi Nozawa, Erin and Michael Ung; sister; Michiko Masukawa; four sisters-in-law; and one brother-in-law; also survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Fred Hisao Taniguchi passed away on Feb. 23 at the age of 93. Fred was a retired farmer, served in WWII and an active member of Bowles Buddhist Church, Bowels Shinwakai, Fresno Betsuin Church, RBA, Caruthers Lions Club and Kings River Country Club. Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Hisajiro and Take Taniguchi; and granddaughter, Lisa Nishimura. He is survived by his wife Chiyeko; his two daughters, Shirley Nishimura and her husband Allen, and Debra Imamura; his grandchildren, Julie Nishimura, and Michi and Kaya Imamura; and brother, Tomio Taniguchi and his wife Hideko; and nieces and nephews.

Aki Jio, 74, resident of San Jose, born Oct. 11, 1935, passed away Feb. 23 in San Jose after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her parents Matsugoro and Iwano Jio, sisters Miyuki (Nishi), Fumi (Ishibashi), Lily (Kojima) and brother Yoshitsugi. Surviving sister and brothers are Alice (Kiyomura), Richard-Louise, Ken-Donna, Mori-Carole and Tak-Carol.

Richard Masaichi Nakata, resident of Cupertino, went to heaven on Feb. 25. His generosity, sense of humor, love of family, and Hawaiian spirit will be greatly missed. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Merle and two children: Leighton Nakata and his wife Carolyn of Mountain View, and Judy Schmidt and her husband Paul of Los Gatos. Richard also leaves a sister, Helen Wong of Las Vegas. Together with Merle his greatest joy was spending time with their two grandchildren, Katherine and Robert Schmidt.

Kiyoji “Bill” Yokoyama, 94, born in Sacramento, died March 2. He was a Landscape Gardener in the Bay Area. He was active in the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, JASEB and Sakura Kai. He is survived by sons Eugene (Careen) and William (Leila), daughter Elaine (Toshio); grandchildren Shani (Carlos), Spencer (Kamika), and Jennifer; great grandchildren Isabel, Cerina, and Cyrus; niece Carol (Yasuyuki, Erin, Scott, Sean). He is predeceased by his loving wife Sumiko, son Toru, brother Katsuji and his wife Fumi.

Mary M. Yoshikawa, resident of San Jose, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 3 in San Jose. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Henry, brother Charles Inada and parents Yoshitaro and Suyeno Inada. She is survived by sister: Lily (George) Iseri, sister-in-law Fumi Inada, sons: Alan (Toni) Yoshikawa, Paul (Bess) Yoshikawa, daughter Myra (Gary) Johnson, grand children Brian (Lindsey), Steven, Kevin (Ginni), Kyla Yoshikawa and Sarah Johnson. Mary also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and dear friends. One of her biggest joys was to have her grandchildren treat her to dinner; of course it was the company and not the food that mattered.

Tony Nozaki resident of San Jose, beloved son of Takeshi and Kikuye Nozaki. Survived by son, Matthew; sister, Anne (Richard) Katashima; brother Chester (Amy), Stan (Allisa), and girlfriend Kouko Roman. Uncle of Julie, Garrett, Jessica, Ryan, Stephanie, and Evan. Cousin of Frances Hikido and Ray Nozaki. An avid golfer and long-time member of the Sequoia Fairway Golf Club. Lived life to the fullest. His sense of humor will be missed by all.

Satoshi Hashimoto resident of Berkeley. Born May 12, 1925; he passed away of cardiac arrest on March 1 in Berkeley. He is survived by his two sons, William and Ronald.

John Akiharu Uchimura, resident of San Jose, born April 30, 1930, in Watsonville; entered into rest March 2 in San Jose. John is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Jackie Lynn (David) Rosenkranz, Teri Jean (Jeff) Brickey, son Nelson Dean (Joan Simon) Uchimura, brother Ken (Lil) Uchimura, sisters May and June Uchimura, aunt, uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Wayne Masayuki Ishihara, born on Jan. 12, 1922 and passed away on March 5, after having lived a wonderful life of 88 years. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruli; son Vernon (Kim); daughter Pearl (Richard) Kai; grandchildren Brooke (Jason) Hitomi; Corey and Kristen Kai; Ryan, Coby, Nick and Ramey Ishihara; Christina and Michiko Wright; great-grandchildren Izaiah Ishihara and Sammy Hitomi; brother-in-law Feb (Amy) Yokoi; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was a landscaper for 45 years. He had many hobbies including fishing, hunting, and traveling but his true passion was photography and nurturing his bonsai plants.

Mary Ann (Kashiwagi) Marubashi, known to her family and close friends as the dedicated ‘’dog lady’’, Mary Ann passed away in Carson City, Nev., on March 5. She attended Luther Burbank Senior High School (Class of 1969), began her work career began when she was 18 years old, working for the State Department of Motor Vehicles, and retired from the California Highway Patrol. Mary Ann moved to Carson City with her husband Jerry Harrington in 2005, where, in addition to their numerous hobbies, they became involved with canine rescue - single-handedly rescuing and finding new homes for more than 20 dogs. Mary Ann will be sadly missed by her husband Jerry; children Neil and Laura Marubashi; Jerry’s children Alex Harrington and Shannon Miller (Andy); grandchildren Zea, Donny, Tommy and David; her mother and father, Sam and Betty Kashiwagi; brothers David and Wesley, sister Sandy, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Roy Sasaki, 80, resident of San Jose, passed away on March 7. Survived by his beloved wife Masako, sister Jean Phares, and three children: Naomi Appleton (Bruce), Natalie Tahara (Dexter), and Robert Sasaki (Sharlene). A loving grandfather to Kevin and Jason Tahara; Geoffrey and Riley Sasaki.

Steve Eichi Kimura of Clovis, passed away suddenly on March 7. Steve is now back riding his Harley again fast and free. If he wasn’t at work then he was most likely riding his motorcycle. Steve was born on Dec. 30, 1957, to Hidemi and Marina Kimura in Fresno. Throughout his life Steve had two main vocations, plumber and then Materials Manager at the family steel business, Kasco Fab Inc. Steve’s avocations were riding and fixing. There wasn’t anything Steve couldn’t fix or have a tool to fix it with. A little over three years ago, a motorcycle accident changed Steve’s life forever. But he continued to work hard on his ability to communicate better. Steve is survived by his parents, Hidemi and Marina Kimura; daughter, Courtney Kimura; brother and wife, Kenny and Shelly Kimura of Clovis; sister and husband, Karen Kimura and Matt Arbios of Clovis; nieces, Kimberly and Katelyn Kimura; nephew, Nathan Arbios; special friends, Barbara Araiza and Tony Marchese; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lee Masao Mizutani, born Jan. 29, 1926 in Sacramento, and died March 9, at St. Joseph Hospital in Stockton. He was preceded in death by parents Saijiro and Nami Mizutani, brothers Ray Mori and Kaz Mizutani. He will be forever loved by Trudy Mizutani, daughter Claudia Mizutani-Golsong and husband Douglas Golsong. Survived by sister-in-law Mitsuye Mori, nieces Janet Mangnus and husband Louis, Mae Mori, Lillian and Katie Mori, and Alice Mori, and will be missed by several cousins and family friends.

George J. Tanaka passed away peacefully after a long fight with prostate cancer at age 83. He was a very gentle, considerate, and kind soul. He will be missed dearly. George was preceded in death by his parents Tsunetaro and Masaye Tanaka and siblings Kiyoko Yoneta and Koichi Tanaka. He is survived by wife, his brother Tom Tanaka, sister Yuriko Nishi, many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, and many loving friends. George was married to his lifelong love for 56 years. He was her Rock of Gibraltar. He retired from the Department of the Navy after 30 years of service. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Tom Okihara, 91, passed away on March 10 in Sacramento. Tom was born on Jan. 24, 1919 in Yanai City, Yamaguchi, Japan and He was preceded in death by his wife Kimiko. He will be missed by his stepson Yoshi Nishida and many cousins. Tom was a retired gardener and a resident of Sacramento for 63 years. In his retirement, Tom enjoyed working in his vegetable garden and helping out at his church bazaar cooking chicken.

Yukiko Yamamoto, 87, passed away in Auburn, Calif., on March 11. Yukiko was born on April 9, 1922, in Vacaville, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Hiroshi. Loving mother of daughter Margaret and sons Stanley (Cheryl) and Victor (Kathy). Grandmother of Tracy (Ken) Lin, Scott, Kelly, Ryan (Tara) and Trent (Janet) Yamamoto. Great-grandmother of Kaitlynn, Morgan, and Brett Yamamoto and Brandon and Zachary Lin. Interned in Gila River during World War II, Yukiko has lived in the Auburn and Loomis Communities for the past 57 years, where she worked alongside her family raising plums, pears and a variety of specialty Asian fruits. Her hard work and quiet smile will be sadly missed by her immediate family, four surviving brothers, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Wesley “Rocky” Jio known to all of us as “Rocky” passed away early evening on March 12, after losing a battle to cancer. He worked as Quality Management Coordinator with CRC. Rocky was born on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1955 in Oakland. He is survived by his wife, Pati, and his mother and father, Miyo and Eddie Jio. He was married 27 years. Rocky was an only child, and grew up in the East Bay Oakland hills, while attending Skyline High School with celebrity, Tom Hanks. Rocky more than anything enjoyed his life shared with his loving wife, Pati. He loved the ocean, car shows, sports and animals. He enjoyed attending dog shows and taking pictures. He was an avid sports fan, and could tell you the stats about any team and player. He attended University of Pacific and pursued a career in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and became CAADAC certified shortly after. He was a calm, modest, gentle, generous, and compassionate man with a great sense of humor, and had an impact not only on patient lives, but many who knew him.

Kenji Hironaka passed away on March 12 at the age of 86. A lifelong resident of Sacramento. Preceded in death by his wife, Ella and his siblings, brothers Mitsuru and David (Takeshi) and his sister Ruth (Sachiko). Survived by his son Andrew and daughter Kaylene (Chieko). He’s also leaving behind a nephew and niece and their families. A graduate of UC Berkeley and a Civil Engineer for the State of California. During the Second World War, he and his family were interned at Tule Lake. After the war he served in Occupied Japan in Military Intelligence. He had a peaceful retired life with many varied interests. He will be deeply missed.

Yoshiko Hanamura, resident of Alameda, passed away on March 15. Born 1922 in San Francisco, California, and a graduate of the San Francisco Girls Academy in 1940. Married to Tatsuo Hanamura on Oct. 23, 1946 until his death in January 2001. Devoted wife and mother. She is survived by her sister, Mieko Imazumi (Kazuo) of San Mateo; daughter Joyce Chen (Sam Hirabayashi) of Castro Valley; three sons, William Hanamura of Fremont, Alan Hanamura of San Mateo, and Philip Hanamura (Dorothy) of Colorado Springs, CO; two grandsons, Robert Chen of San Jose, Trevor Hanamura of Colorado Springs, CO; three granddaughters, Jennifer Hanamura of Fremont, Kimberlee Hanamura of Fremont, Nicole Hanamura of Colorado Springs, CO; and many loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her brother, Hajimu Yoshino of San Francisco.

Edward Minoru Inaba
May 9, 1917 - March 16, 2010
Ed passed away after a brief illness at age 92. Because of his work ethic and strong sense of family, he will be dearly missed. He was preceded in death by siblings Toshiko, Richard, Mabel Okubo, and Flu. He is survived by his wife, Matsy, his son Kenneth (Reiko), son Alvin, daughter Joyce Miller (David), daughter Sandy, sister Betsy Sanui (Kan), sisters-in-law Rieko and Misao. Loving grandfather of seven, Jason, Bryant, Denise, Kenny, Tadashi, Travis, Tad, and loving great-grandfather of three, Tara, Seth, and Kiyomi. Married 68 years, shortly before being sent to Amache Internment Camp. After camp he and his brothers formed family businesses that included food markets and wholesaling. He was passionate about the businesses and ensured that the businesses thrive. He loved going fishing as much as he loved his work.

Hidetoshi “Hi” Takahashi, resident of San Jose, entered into rest peacefully on March 19.  He will be dearly missed by June, his wife of 56 years, son Tim, daughter Lori and husband Bill (Mohr) and granddaughter, Caryn Mohr.

Mary Shinkawa, 85, passed away on March 22 in Fresno. She was born on Oct. 27, 1924, in Orosi, Calif. Mary was preceded in death by her parents Tokiryo and Giichiro Osaki. Mary was a member of the Bowles Buddhist Church and Fresno Fujinkai. She was a homemaker for 55 years and a Sunday School Teacher for 25 years. In her senior year at Orosi High school she was relocated to Poston, Az. with her family during WWII. After the war ended the family returned to Orosi to continue with their vegetable farm. She is survived by Yoshio Shinkawa, her husband of 55 years; daughter, Melanie Fry and her husband James Jr.; her grandchildren, Terence Cortez, Christanie Holt and her husband JJ, and Treven Fry; and one great-grandchild.