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January 2018, Volume 68, Issue 1

Kazuo "Kaz" Ishimitsu

Kazuo "Kaz" Ishimitsu was born on July 30, 1929 and passed peacefully in his sleep on January 4, 2018. Kaz was born and raised in Seattle. He was removed during WW II first to "Camp Harmony" at the Puyallup Fairgrounds and then to Minidoka in Idaho. After returning to Seattle and graduating from Garfield High School, he was drafted into the US Army and served during the Korean War. He was the owner and president of Ishimitsu and Sons and active in the Japanese community. Kaz was preceded in death by wife, Masue. He is survived by children Peter Ishimitsu, Mike (Carrie) Ishimitsu, and Paul Ishimitsu; grandchildren Michelle (Mike Piper) Ishimitsu and Abby, Ryan, and Trevor Ishimitsu; sister Nobi (Jim) Murakami; and brother Kich (Bobbi) Ishimitsu.

Thomas "Tommy" Takao Kobayashi

Thomas Kobayashi was born September 4, 1916, in Seattle and passed away on January 4, 2018 at the age of 101 years. Tom graduated Garfield High School in 1934 and the University of Washington in 1938. In WWII, with his family, Tom was removed to the Minidoka Incarceration Camp in Idaho. From Minidoka, he volunteered for the Army and served with the 442nd Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service. In 2012, Tom received the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his military service.

Tom worked for the Veterans Administration, the Military Sea Transportation Service and the Port of Seattle; he retired in 1979. Tom was active in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for 77 years. In 1991, he was honored with the first annual "Least of My Brethren Award" given for extraordinary service to the poor by the Society. Tom has been a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church since 1959.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Masuichi Michael and Kumayo Mary (Emi) Kobayashi, as well as each of his younger siblings: Patrick Kobayashi of Seattle, WA; Mary Elizabeth Sumida of Portland, OR; Anna Mizuhata of Bloomington, MN; Mary Jane Kobayashi of Seattle, WA; and Francis Kobayashi of South Bend, IN. He is survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Remembrances may be made to the St. Matthew Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1240 NE 127th St., Seattle, 98125.

Ryomi Tanino

Ryomi Tanino was born October 8, 1923 and peacefully passed away on December 8, 2017 to join his beloved wife Lilly. A Celebration of Life memorial was held on December 11th at The Lakeshore in Renton, Washington, where he spent his last years with friends and family. He is survived by his brother Katsumi (Terrie); sister Takae; children Ken (Lynne), Ron (Atsuko), and Jodie; and grand-children Mia and Sean. Ryomi was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. His Awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge and Congressional Gold Medal. He will be remembered in our hearts for his kindness, gentle ways and for being a true gentleman.