NVC Newsletter


April 2018, Volume 68, Issue 4

Hiroyuki Nishimura

Hiro, 98, passed away on Jan. 19. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughters Celia Sekijima (John), Robyn Nishimura and Karen Nishimura, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Hiro served in the MIS during WWII, and through various times in his life was involved with the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, JACL, and the Nisei Veterans Committee. A private family memorial service was held. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to either the Japanese Cultural Community Center of WA Seattle (JCCCW), 1414 S Weller St., Seattle, WA 98144 or Keiro Northwest, 1601 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122-5640.

Kazuo (Kaz) Ishimitsu

July 30, 1929 - January 4, 2018. Kaz passed peacefully in his sleep. During WWII, Kaz and his family were sent first to "Camp Harmony," a temporary detention camp in Puyallup, and then to Camp Minidoka in Idaho. He returned to Seattle after the war, graduated from Garfield High, and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was owner and president of Ishimitsu and Sons and active in the Japanese community.  Preceded in death by wife, Masue. 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.