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April 2020, Volume 70, Issue 4

Hiroshi Ray Nakanishi

Hiroshi Ray Nakanishi passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on the morning of Friday March 27, 2020. He was born on March 11, 1924 in Kent Washington. He is survived by his spouse of 70 years, Chiyo; children Roger, David, and Ellen Nakanishi; brother Ted Nakanishi; grandchildren Megan, Kaila (Mann), Rachel, and Adam Nakanishi; and great-grandchildren Austin and Billie Mann.

Ray enlisted with the army during WWII and was sent to Germany. With the GI bill he was able to attend UCLA where he learned to become a dental technician. He was so talented that he eventually needed to hire people to help and founded Nakanishi dental lab in 1953, now located in Bellevue WA. It has grown to be one of the largest dental labs on the west coast and was voted national lab of the year in 2013. Ray was a loving and devoted father and husband who enjoyed fishing, playing the harmonica, and watercolor painting. Donations can be made to Blaine Methodist Church, the Nisei Veterans Committee, or the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of WA.

Kenneth Kenji Nomura

Kenneth Kenji "Kenbo" Nomura passed in February 2020 in his home at age 77.  Kenbo was born in October of 1942 in the Tule Lake Concentration Camp and was preceded in death by his mother Fumiye, his father Umio, and his daughter Kendee. He is survived by his sisters Nancy and Rose, beloved family, and close friends. He is remembered for his strength, humor, and unforgettable personality.

After graduating Garfield High School class of 1960, Kenbo served in the Army Reserve as well as studying Business at the University of Washington. With more than 30 years of dedicated work at Seattle City Light, he retired and was able to enjoy his favorite hobbies such as bowling where he achieved a perfect game. Donations can be made to the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation at 1539 Road 19, Powell, WY 82435.