Posted On November 13th, 2011 -

January 25, 1938
-October 14, 2011

Rick “Pepe” Nakanishi peacefully went home to meet Jesus, his Lord and Savior, on the 14th of October 2011, in Everett, Washington. He leaves behind a beloved wife of 47 years, Doris; son, Dean; daughter-in-law, Staci; and his beloved grandchildren: Elias, James, and Caitlyn. Richard was born in Hilo, Hawaii to Charles and Kiyomi Nakanishi. He grew up in Mt. View, HI and graduated from Hilo High School in 1956. After graduating from the University of Hawaii he received a direct commission into the US Army as a Medical Technologist and would receive an honorable discharge in 1963 as 1st Lieutenant. He and Doris Asato were married in 1964 in Hawaii. They moved to the California Bay Area where he worked at Stanford Hospital and United Airlines in the medical laboratory field. He also opened and operated a plant tissue culture lab in San Mateo. He had longstanding relationships with the Japanese American Citizen’s League (of which he served as president); the San Mateo Fishing Club; and Sturge Presbyterian Church. He will be fondly remembered for his giant pumpkins, his fishing adventures, his ukulele, his historical writings, his warm genuine smile, and his strong faith. He is loved and will be missed by many. He was laid to rest at Punchbowl National Cemetery. Memorial Service will be at Honolulu Christian Church (2207 Oahu Avenue) on November 19th at 11AM. Casual attire. No Flowers Please. Mahalo.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran