Kiwamu Tsuchida (Jiji) passed away peacefully on February 28, 2019. He was born on February 2, 1923 and grew up in Auburn, WA, where his father worked for the Great Northern Railroad and the family also ran a farm. He graduated Auburn High School class of 1941. During World War II, he was removed to the Pinedale Assembly Center and then to Tule Lake concentration camp, WA. The family later transferred to the Topaz concentration camp in Utah. Kiwamu left camp for Ogden, Utah, then volunteered for the Military Intelligence Service. He served in the Philippines during WW II, then as a liaison to General MacArthur and his family in Japan during the U.S. occupation. He retired from the Army after 20 years of service in 1964, studied agronomy and then worked at Overlake Golf and Country club, where he retired as assistant superintendent in 1988. He accepted Christ in 2015 and was baptized in 2017.
Kiwamu was preceded in death by his parents Kuhei and Tetsu; wife Tsune; and siblings Frank, Tak, Shadow, Yukimi, Lola, and Mae. He is survived by brother Ben; children Ted (Judi), Dean (Kirie) and Carol (Cliff); grandchildren Derek (Violet), Kelsi (Curt), Alex, Stuart, Curtis and Ryan; and great-grandchildren Kiyo, Elise and Ryder.
The family requests donations be made to Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee. 1212 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98144.