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September 2019, Volume 69, Issue 8

EDWARD (LUMBERJACK) MIKIHARU HIROO

Eddy passed away July 29, 2019 in Burien at the age of 83. He was born in Seattle, January 23, 1936 to Miyako and Arthur Kango Hiroo. During WWII Eddy and his family were incarcerated at Minidoka Concentration Camp in Hunt Idaho. When the war ended, the family moved to Mesa, Idaho, where Eddy attended grade school for five years. He then attended high school in Council, Idaho.

As a freshman playing football, he earned his letterman's sweater bearing the name "Lumberjacks" and thus received the nickname "Lumber". After returning to Seattle he graduated from Garfield High School. Then Eddy joined the Army Reserves and rose to the rank of Sergeant. He then began his career at Boeing where he worked for 39 years, retiring in 1996.

Lumber could be seen every year at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple sporting his trademark Aloha shirt and cigar, checking ID at the temple's Bon Odori Festival beer garden. He started the boys’ basketball league at the Seattle Nisei Veterans Hall, which encompassed many Japanese American churches, coached football and basketball at Rainier Valley Playfield and Beacon Hill's Jefferson Park, and served on the Jefferson Advisory Council and the Associated Recreation Council Board of Directors. In appreciation of his many years of service the Jefferson Gymnasium was named in his honor in 2017. His passions were bowling at Imperial Lanes, attending Husky and Seahawks football games, and gambling with friends on trips to Reno and Las Vegas.

Lumber was preceded in death by his parents Miyako and Arthur Kango Hiroo, sister Alice Michiko Hiroo and sister-in-law Yoshie Hiroo. He is survived by his brothers Mickey Hiroo and Robert Hiroo (Connie) and his sister Dolly Tokunaga (Tosh), nieces Patty Hiroo Mastrude (Jon), Linda Tokunaga, Lisa Kunihiro (Pat), Julia Tokunaga-King (Tom), nephew Wayne Tokunaga and grand-niece Alysse Mastrude.

The family extends their deepest gratitude to Michelle, Gabi and Maria at the Magnolia Senior Care adult family home for their compassionate care and kindness in Eddy's final two years. A memorial service will be held at the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, Saturday September 28, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., 1427 South Main Street, Seattle, WA 98144. Please wear your favorite Aloha attire, Husky, or Seahawks clothing.

Remembrances may be made to the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, Nisei Veterans Committee, 1212 South King Street, Seattle, WA 98144, or the Jefferson Advisory Council, 3801 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108.


GEORGE KONDO

George passed on June 6, 2019, in Burien from kidney failure at age 71. He is survived by his sister Lorraine (Calvin) Hoshibata and brother Charles (Marianne) and nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by parents Nobuo and Alice, and brother Ray. George attended the UW, was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, and retired from the U.S. Post Office. The family thanks Robert Roybal and his two nieces for their care of George. A private service was held. Memorials may be made to the Blaine Memorial UMC of Seattle or a favorite charity.