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August 2018, Volume 68, Issue 7


Hank Matsubu

Hank lived a life full of friends and family, of bowling, baseball and golf, of pride in his culture and community, of entrepreneurship and investments, and of matsutake mushroom hunting and geoduck digging. He left a legacy of generosity, hospitality, and friendship that touched the lives of his players (as a coach in Ballard Little League), of his customers (as the owner of the House of Rice), of his teammates (as a baseball player in high school, US Army, and Pittsburgh Pirate minor league affiliate teams), and of his friends and family.

Hank and his partner in life and wife, Edna, raised two daughters, Jody (Larry Clovis) and Kiyoko (Jim Goldhardt) while building an Asian gift and grocery business that included one of the first sushi bars in the city, a cooking school, and a mail order business, all in the 1960s. Hank also published a free community newspaper, “East is East”. After retiring, Hank and Edna could be found in Ballard on a Little League baseball field, playing golf, watching the Mariners, or at Lindsay Beach on Dabob Bay. Hank and Edna were especially proud of their two grandsons, Mik and Derek. A memorial service will be held later in the year.


Toru Bill Ogasawara

Toru Bill Ogasawara was born in Fife, WA, on January 9, 1922 to Noboru and Kikue Ogasawara and passed away on July 21, 2019.  He attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Junior High, Garfield High School, and UW from 1940-42. College was interrupted by incarceration during WW II from 1942-1944. Bill served in the Air Force from 1946-1947, before attending the Illinois Institute of Technology School from 1948-1951. He later worked for Boeing as a Senior Principal Engineer until retirement in 1985.

Bill was pre-deceased by parents Noboru and Kikue; wife Sheila; daughter Linda; and siblings Terry Kumagai, Yuri Ogata, and Mary Marumoto. He is survived by brothers Steve and Roy; son John; daughter-in-law Dawn; and grandchildren Samantha and Sierra. Remembrances may be sent to Keiro Northwest, 1601 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122.