Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category

RONALD S.K. HO

Posted On December 18th, 2014 -

RONALD S.K. HO Sept 24 1937 - Dec 5 2014, Born & raised Honolulu. 1968 moved to Maui. 2007 moved Kent, WA to be closer to family. Son of the late Ellen & Edward Ho, Mac's Market Waikiki. Survived by wife Weilyn "Lynn", daughters Edwyna, Ellyna (Scott) Wheeler UT, Gaylynn, Julie Kinzie, & 4 grandchildren. Sisters Verna Lum, Gwendolyn (Michael) Wong, Westley Young. Served in the Marine Corp 1955-1961. Member Mason Waikiki Lodge FM774.

EMILY TANDAL LAPA

Posted On December 18th, 2014 -

EMILY TANDAL LAPA Age 89, of Waialua, HI, passed away November 15, 2014 in Waialua. Born May 28, 1925 in Honolulu, HI. Retired from civil service at Schofield Barracks. She is survived by daughters, Barbara (Andrew) Penington of TX, Pauline (Vincent) Lime, Angela Lapa Bugarin, Lucille (Nolan) Tashiro of NV, May Lapa; brothers, Andrew (Charm) Tandal, Stanley (Gail) Tandal; sister, Flora Kelsey; 14 grand- children; 10 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren. Private Services were held.

SHIGERU “SHIG” KITASHIMA

Posted On December 18th, 2014 -

SHIGERU SHIG KITASHIMA Age 99, of Aiea, HI, passed away November 22, 2014 in Aiea. Born January 27, 1915 in Aiea, HI. A member of the Aiea Hongwanji. He retired from the Oahu Sugar Plantation. Member also of the Kumamoto Kenji-Kai & Aiea Lani Club. He is survived by son, Wayne S. (Donna) Kitashima; daughter, Joyce S. (Clifford) Asato; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grand- children. Private Services held.

SHIZUE YOSHIMURA

Posted On December 18th, 2014 -

SHIZUE YOSHIMURA Age 84, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away November 25, 2014 in Wahiawa. Born March 1, 1930 in Waimea, Kauai, HI. Shizue was retired from Abo Laundry. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Wahiawa 2nd Ward. She is survived by son, Wayne (Chai) Yoshimura; daughters, Sharon Yoshimura, Joy (Melvin) Miller; brothers, Hiroshi (Yoko) Takenaka, Kiyoshi (Elaine) Takenaka, Sakae (Judy) Takenaka; sisters. Reiko Yanabu, Sachiko Beird, Hiroko (Herbert) Nakamura; 8 grand- children; 16 great-grand- children. Visitiation 5:00 p.m., Monday (Dec. 22) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 6:00 p.m. Flowers welcome.

BRUCE “DOC” MICHAEL MAHONEY

Posted On December 18th, 2014 -

$nameBRUCE DOC MICHAEL MAHONEY Age 62, of Ewa Beach, HI, passed away November 16, 2014 in Waipahu, HI. Born July 26, 1952 in Little Falls, NJ. A realtor for Veterans Realty and Century 21. Also a professor at Kapiolani Community College, Leeward Community College, and Honolulu Community College. He is survived by son, Brinton; daughters, Samantha, Lindsey; sister, Michelle Fissori; 6 grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 a.m., Monday (Dec. 22) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel. Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Burial to follow 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

JOHN WILLIAM SEDLMAYER

Posted On December 17th, 2014 -

JOHN WILLIAM SEDLMAYER Dec. 2, 2014 John William Sedlmayer, 94, of Kaneohe, a World War II veteran and retired TV sales and repairman who lived most of his life in Baltimore Maryland with his deceased wife Mabel. He was born in Crisfield Maryland and moved to Hawaii on Veterans Day 2010 to live with his step daughter Judith Ann Smith and her husband Clifford. He is also survived by their son, Guy Smith, also of Kaneohe, and his nephew Lawrence Lawson of Wilmington, North Carolina. His body was willed to the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.

CLARENCE YOSHITO TSUZUKI

Posted On December 17th, 2014 -

CLARENCE YOSHITO TSUZUKI Age 96, of Honolulu, passed away November 18, 2014 in Honolulu. Born March 11, 1918 in Waipahu. He is survived by daughter, Evelyn M. Nihei; 4 grand- children; 5 great-grandchildren. Private Services were held.

IRINEO M. HANDOG

Posted On December 17th, 2014 -

IRINEO M. HANDOG Age 77, of Aiea, HI, passed away November 11, 2014 in Aiea. Born December 15, 1936 in Cavite, Manila, Philippines. He retired from the U.S. Navy. A member of the Cavitian & Baguio Clubs. He is survived by wife, Rosalinda P. Handog; sons, Reynaldo P. (Rose) Handog, Danilo P. Handog; grand- children, April Lyn Handog, Isaiah Handog, Elijah Handog. Visitation 9:00 a.m., Monday (Dec. 22) at Holy Family Catholic Church (830 Main St., Honolulu). Mass 10:45 a.m. Burial to follow 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park, Waipio.

BUENAVENTURA “BEN” MADAMBA VESIDO

Posted On December 17th, 2014 -

BUENAVENTURA BEN MADAMBA VESIDO Age 67, of Waipahu, passed away November 30, 2014 in Honolulu. Born July 14, 1947 in Baclaran, Paranaque, Philippines. Retired from Queen's Medical Center as a Groundskeeper. He is survived by wfe, Amelita D. Vesido; son, Regie (Aileen) Vesido; daughters, Maricel (Joel) Urmeneta, Marileve Guban, Maureen Vesido, Maria Socorro Vesido; brother, Justito (Amy) Vesido; sisters, Josefina Vesido, Rosalinda Cant; 13 grand- children. Visitation 6:00 p.m. Monday 12/22 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Tuesday 12/23 at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa Church, Mass 11:00 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.

GLENN UMEKICHI BEPPU

Posted On December 17th, 2014 -

$nameGLENN UMEKICHI BEPPU Glenn Umekichi Beppu, 60, of Honolulu, passed away on December 10, 2014. He was the youngest of 4 children born to Herbert and Nancy Beppu. Graduated from Leilehua High School in 1972 and served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. He was employed by the United States Postal Service. He was a two time Past Exulted Ruler of the Elks Lodge No. 616 and also an avid/passionate volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Special Olympics, Keiki O Ka 'Aina, Kaumakapili Church, and Azayogi Doshi Kai. He was also an honored Hawaii Blood Bank donor. He is survived by wife, Jamie Napuunoa-Beppu; his sister, Dana (Juanito) Oandasan; brothers, Wayne (Gloria) Wendall (JoAnn); also, Jamie's parents, Janice and Gary; grandmother, Tatsuko Miyasato; brother, Gareth (Lianna). Many nieces and nephews. Visitation 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 20, 2014 at Nuuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary; Memorial service 5:30 p.m.; Scattering of ashes Monday Dec. 22, 2014 at Sunset at the Waikiki Elks Club; Inurnment Tuesday Dec. 23, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park Cemetery; Aloha attire.

REV. NANCY I. CONLEY

Posted On December 16th, 2014 -

$nameREV. NANCY I. CONLEY Nov. 23, 2014 In Loving Memory Nancy Ida Conley September 3, 1936 - November 23, 2014. Nancy was born in Detroit, MI to Edna and Ernest Eminger. Married to Robert G. Conley 1955-1978, Nancy moved to the islands in 1970 and raised 4 beautiful children. Working at Calvary by the Sea (Niu Valley), Holy Nativity (Niu Valley), The Arc (Waialae), L'Arche (BC, Canada) and the Alzheimer's Association of Hawaii (Honolulu), Nancy found her calling to serve. She was ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church in 1991, serving at St. George's (Pearl Harbor), Waikiki Episcopal Chapel, and, most recently, St. Timothy's (Aiea). She was also a chaplain at the Hawaii State Hospital (Kaneohe), the director of the Spiritual Life Center (Honolulu), and the founder of the first chapter of the Order of St. Luke in Hawaii. Nancy touched the lives of many across the Islands and beyond: she led spiritual retreats across Oahu; travelled to Kalaupapa to follow in Father Damien's footsteps; led "centering prayer" groups; practiced "healing touch"; studied and practiced iconography; and went on a pilgrimage to Ireland and England. She served the hungry and homeless in Waianae, and provided care and spiritual guidance to down-syndrome, autistic, imprisoned and hospice patients. Most of all she followed her calling to serve Christ and showed her children and others how to live a life of purpose, commitment, passion and compassion, and ultimately of peace and joy. Nancy is survived by her children and their spouses, Kevin (son) and Ann Marie Conley, Darren (son) and Lisa Conley, Kim (daughter) and Matt Zimmerman; grandchildren Brian, Kaila, Seth and Jeremy; her brothers and their wives, Gordon and Marge Eminger, Richard and Charlotte Eminger, and Jerry and Joanne Eminger; and by her "Soul Sisters" and many other dear friends and loved ones. Join the Episcopal Church for a public memorial December 20th, 2014 2pm at St. Andrew's Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Sq., Honolulu, HI 96813 - Bishop Richard Chang (ret.) presiding. Private services to be announced.

DIANA AUTOR LIBERATO

Posted On December 15th, 2014 -

DIANA AUTOR LIBERATO Age 93, of Honolulu, passed away November 14, 2014 in Honolulu. Born October 14, 1921 in Kau, Big Island. Retired as a Private Care Home operator. Pastor's wife of E. C. Liberato Superintendent and Senior Pastor Full Gospel Temple and International Assemblies of the First Born, Hawaii Branch. She is survived by daughter, Rebecca (Dr. Mitchell, Jr.) Kanekoa; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Saturday 12/20 at Full Gospel Temple, 2464 N. School Street, Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Flowers Welcome.

THADDEUS “TED” MATTHEW PIRGA, JR.

Posted On December 15th, 2014 -

THADDEUS TED MATTHEW PIRGA, JR. Age 70, of Honolulu, passed away November 9, 2014 in Honolulu. Born September 23, 1944 in Honolulu. Retired Welder. He is survived by wife, Florence "Flo" U. Pirga; daughters, Tracy (Joshua) Dwire, Shelly (Richard) Hare; brothers, James (Julie) Pirga, Timothy (Janet) Pirga; sisters, Elizabeth "Lani" (Ronnie) Goodman, Stasia Barcelona; 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson. Private Services to be held.

DONALD BUNJI KANESHIRO

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

DONALD BUNJI KANESHIRO Age 90, of Honolulu, passed away September 19, 2014 in Honolulu. Born December 7, 1923 in Makawao, Maui. Retired Master Sergeant United States Army. Member of 750 Golf Club, Wahiawa Hongwanji Church, Aloha Temple and Wahiawa Kyo Yu Kai. He is survived by sons, John (Kathy) Kaneshiro, Kenneth (Renee) Kaneshiro; daughter, Sandra (Jerry) Thoss; brothers, Toki (Pat) Toyama, Baron (Miriam) Toyama, Hiro Toyama; sisters, Mineko (Clarence) Wilhelm, Fujie Beyer, Ritsuko Ross; 5 grandchildren. Private Services were held.

TADAO TED SEKIYA

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

TADAO TED SEKIYA Age 91, of Mililani, passed away November 25, 2014 in Honolulu. Born February 11, 1923 in Wahiawa. Retired Master Sergeant U. S. Army Military Intelligence Service. He is survived by wife, Sadie S. Sekiya; son, Frank (Lynn Tsuruda) Sekiya; daughter, Anna Kajiwara; brother, Raymond (Betsy) Sekiya; sister, Mabel Sekiya; 2 grandchildren. Private Services were held.

ELSIE LEE WON

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

ELSIE LEE WON She is survived by her loving husband, Eugene K.B. Won; children: Michael (Lena) Won, Geary Won, Debbie (Patrick) Lim, Lori (Dale) Nagata, Eric Won; 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; brother: Donald Lee (Carolyn); sisters: Nancy Yee (Chungy), Fanny Ho (Moses), Annie Kwan (Raymond), Betty Yap (David), Beatrice Ing (Richard); Predeceased: Shirley Leong, Marion Oka; Brother-in-laws, Wallace Leong, Edwin Oka. Visitation will be held on Thursday December 18 at 9am at Diamond Head Mortuary chapel; Service at 10am. Aloha attire.

CECILIA ORTOGERO PALAROAN

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

CECILIA ORTOGERO PALAROAN Age 86, of Makawao, Hawaii, passed away Monday, December 01, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is survived by daughters, Charlotte Tomas and Veronica Lucas; son, Antonio Palaroan Jr.; 7 grandchildren; 9 great- grandchildren. Service Information: December 20, 2014. Visitation Time: 8:30 AM. Service Time: 10:00 AM, Our Lady Of Good Councel Church, 1525 Waimano Home Road. Burial: 1:00 PM, Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery. Casual Attire. On-line condolences at: www.BorthwickOahu.com.

YOSHIKO TEVES

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

YOSHIKO TEVES Age 87, of Pearl City, passed away November 22, 2014 in Aiea. Born October 25, 1927 in Tokyo, Japan. Member of Oceanview Bible Chapel She is survived by son, Raymond "Russell" (Deborah) Teves; daughters, Hiroko "Lorraine" Man, Bernadette Reiko (Jon "Jeep") Briones, Jean Sachiko Teves; sisters, Fumiko Tsukahara of Japan, Shizue Ishii of Japan; brothers, Yoshio Ishii of Japan, Haruo Ishii of Japan, Shigeo Ishii of Japan; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Saturday 12/20 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel, Waipio, Service 6:30 p.m. Casual Attire.

WALLACE N. ISHIMINE

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

WALLACE N. ISHIMINE Age 76, of Honolulu, HI, passed away November 21, 2014 in Honolulu. Born September 22, 1938 in Honolulu, HI. Retired Federal Government worker. He is survived by spouse, Shizuko Ishimine; sons, Arthur Ishimine, Jon Ishimine; brother, Charles (Karen) Ishimine; 2 grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m., Friday (Dec. 19) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu). Funeral Service 6:30 p.m. Burial 2:00 p.m., Monday (Dec. 22) at Mililani Memorial Park, Waipio. Casual Attire.

DR. DAVID ALBERT BREMER

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

DR. DAVID ALBERT BREMER Loved dearly by his family and friends, David passed away peacefully at home on December 2, 2014. In characteristic fashion, he remained optimistic and active throughout his life. During a yearlong battle with cancer, he photographed and mapped the Kolea (plovers) of Mililani, completed many rides on his folding bike, took poetry classes, and spent time with his family. Born in Elgin, Illinois, David graduated from Barrington High School where he was a basketball and track star as well as senior class president. He met his wife Betsy while an undergraduate at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and went on to earn his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Washington University, St. Louis. He later earned an MPH from the University of Hawaii. After years of cold winters, David and Betsy fell in love with Hawaii when he completed a year internship at the Hawaii State Hospital. In 1975, he began work at Central Oahu Community Mental Health Center. Later, he moved to the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, where he worked for over twenty years. David met lifelong friends through these professional experiences. He loved his work and over the years mentored a number of psychology interns who now practice in the islands. David had many interests as well as a passion for nature. Always up for a new adventure, he kayaked, mountain biked, maintained his native plant garden, and ran marathons. To get exercise and avoid the traffic, he biked and bused from Mililani to work almost daily rain or shine. He wrote a Kindle guidebook to the Honolulu Bus System. At various times, as a member of the Hawaii Bicycling League and Mililani Neighborhood Board, he advocated for a safer bike route through Kipapa Gulch and expanded bus system. For 35 years, he coordinated and compiled the data for the Waipio Christmas bird count for the Hawaii Audubon Society. He was thrilled to see an i'iwi for the first time on his last count in 2012. In addition to his wife, Betsy, David is survived by his daughters, Sarah and Leah, and brothers Jim and John. He was a devoted husband and father who will be missed very much. Donations may be made to the Hawaii Audubon Society, the Hawaii Foodbank or a favorite charity. Private celebration of life.

GEORGE MASAKATSU SAWAI

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

$nameGEORGE MASAKATSU SAWAI Beloved Husband, Father and Ojiji. Age 80, of Kaneohe, passed away on October 25, 2014, in North Richland Hills, Texas. Born in Honolulu, he was a retired Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Title Guaranty for 30 years. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Frances; sons, Lance (Melanie), Ross (Cindy), Ryan (Mary Anne), and Kyle (Sarah) Sawai; daughters, Linda Hirano and Julie (Peter) Mosteller; grandchildren, Reena, Quinn, Macy, Zachary, Kai and Kate Sawai; Kayla and Jamie Hirano; Luke and Emma Mosteller; brothers, Kenneth, William and James Sawai and sister, Margaret Mita. Visitation from 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary; memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Aloha attire. Online condolences: georgememories.com.

ERNESTO “ERNIE” TAGORDA TESORO

Posted On December 14th, 2014 -

ERNESTO ERNIE TAGORDA TESORO Age 93, of Honolulu, passed away November 28, 2014 in Honolulu. Born June 25, 1921 in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Past President of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce. Member of the Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by wife, Remedios Udarbe Tesoro; sons, Dr. Valentino (Katherine) Tesoro of CA, Alessandro (Rosemary) Tesoro of CA, Jeoffre (Linda) Tesoro of CA; daughters, Esalind Hicks of CA, Haydee (David) Skaggs of CA; 14 grandchildren; 19 great- grandchildren. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 12/17 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (S. Kukui St., Honolulu), Wake service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Thursday 12/18 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 10:30 a.m. Committal Service 10:00 a.m. Tuesday 12/23 at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Disabled American Veterans- Hawaii Chapter, 2685 N. Nimitz Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96819.

KENNETH “SONNY” KWAI SUNG QUON

Posted On December 13th, 2014 -

$nameKENNETH SONNY KWAI SUNG QUON Age 84, of Honolulu, passed away November 11, 2014 in Honolulu. Born May 22, 1930 in Honolulu. United Chinese Society 2013. Model Chinese Father of the year. Retired from Sealy Mattress Company. Past President of Lung Kong Kung Shaw. Member of Kings Golf Club and Chevron/Hicks Golf Club. He is survived by son, Kendall Quon; daughters, Kennydeen Quon, Kristi (Anibal) Esquef, Kerri (Stanley) Vincent; brother, Steven Quon; sister, Mildred "Millie" Ho; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Friday 12/19 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel, Waipio, Service 11:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

JONATHAN CHESTER PARLIER

Posted On December 13th, 2014 -

JONATHAN CHESTER PARLIER Age 64, of Mililani, HI, passed away November 7, 2014 in Waipahu, HI. Born October 29, 1950 in Reedly, CA. Jonathan was a retired self employed wine broker. He is survived by wife, Nancy Parlier. Private Services were held.

ANTHONY VILLARAMA

Posted On December 13th, 2014 -

ANTHONY VILLARAMA Age 72 passed away November 26, 2014 in Escondido, CA, County of San Diego. Born in the Philippines. He is survived by sisters, Vicki, Tessie; nieces, Lani, Luana; Nephew, David. Private burial. Online Condolences: ElCaminoMemorial.com.

JACQUELINE MARIE KEALA SILVA

Posted On December 13th, 2014 -

$nameJACQUELINE MARIE KEALA SILVA Jacqueline Marie Keala Silva passed away on December 6, 2014 at the age of 89. She was born in Honolulu on October 23, 1925 to Simmons Benton of Niihau and Rose Benton of Honolulu. She attended Central Intermediate and McKinley High School. She worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Leonard's Bakery, Kapiolani Drive In, Hawaii Theater, and Kress Stores. She is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years David Silva of Hilo. She is survived by sons, David Jr. (Annette), Warren (Sheila), Alan (Linda) and Randy; sisters, Nola Bergman and Elaine Ching; 9 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren. Visitation from 9:30am to 11am on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at St. John Vianney, Kailua. Mass 11:00am; burial at 2:00pm at Hawaiian Memorial Park.

GERTRUDE CHUN QUON

Posted On December 13th, 2014 -

$nameGERTRUDE CHUN QUON Age 83, of Honolulu, passed away December 7, 2014 in Honolulu. Born October 23, 1931 in Honolulu. Retired from Verizon. Member of United Church of Christ, Judd Street. Member of Lung Kong Kung Shaw. She is survived by son, Kendall Quon; daughters, Kennydeen Quon, Kristi (Anibal) Esquef, Kerri (Stanley) Vincent; brother, David (Ellen) Chun; sisters, Jane Bacon, Mildred (William) Tai, Cornelia Morin, Sandra Chun; 6 grandchildren; 1 great- grandson. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Friday 12/19 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel, Waipio, Service 11:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire.

FLORES IBRAO SALUD

Posted On December 12th, 2014 -

FLORES IBRAO SALUD Age 77, of Kapolei, HI, passed away November 25, 2014 in Kapolei. Born December 16, 1936 in Nueva Viscaya, Philippines. A member of Local Union 5, he was employed by the Waikiki Sheraton for 43 years. He is survived by wife, Rosita Yagin Salud; 6 sons; 3 daughters; sister, Juanita Ibrao Salud; 16 grandchildren; 6 great- grandchildren. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Tuesday (Dec 16) at the Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Prayer Service 6:00 p.m. Burial 10:00 a.m. Wednesday (Dec 17) at Mililani Memorial Park. Flowers welcome.

MARIA “OMA” WILSON (LEDERLE)

Posted On December 12th, 2014 -

MARIA OMA WILSON (LEDERLE) Maria "Oma" Wilson (Lederle). 81, of Kailua, died November 21st. She was born in Wagenbuhl, Germany. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, William "Bill" Wilson; her sister, Bertl Klemmer and brothers: Toni, Josef and Albert Lederle; children Raymond (Diane) Wilson of Leesburg, Virginia; Gabriele (Lee) Finn of Kailua, Hawaii; James (Barbara) Wilson of Riederau, Germany; Shirley (Dennis) Sullivan of Portland, Oregon; seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Her youngest daughter Ellen (Ken) DeBondt preceded her in death in 2011 when a drunk driver took her life. A celebration of life will be held at Kaneohe Yacht Club Longhouse, Dec. 21st, 4-8pm. Please come share memories and pupus. In lieu of flowers, Maria requested friends bring a food dish to share in memory of all the meals she enjoyed with you over the years. A service will be held at St. Anthony's Church (148 Makawao St., Kailua), Dec. 23rd at 9am. Aloha attire.

ROBERT RICHARDS MIDKIFF

Posted On December 12th, 2014 -

ROBERT RICHARDS MIDKIFF Was born on September 24, 1920, in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii. He died on October 29, 2014. He was 94 years old. He was a fourth-generation descendant of Amos Starr and Juliet Montague Cooke, teachers and missionaries, who taught the royal children of Hawaii at the Chiefs' Children's School. He lived an exemplary life of service to others and received numerous major awards, including the following: the Connie Murdoch Award from the Small Business Council of America in 1990; and the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year in 1995 at Philanthropy Day. He was commended by the State Senate for his outstanding achievements in business and philanthropic contributions to the people of Hawaii in 2001, and was honored by Governor Ben Cayetano, who proclaimed July 14, 2001, as Robert R. Midkiff Day. He was awarded the 2001 Ho'olaulima No Na Keiki Award from the Good Beginnings Alliance; received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2002; and was the first recipient of the Pacific Business News Business Leadership Hawaii Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He was awarded the Alfred Preis Award for 2003 from the Hawaii Alliance for Arts in Education; was selected as one of the Honolulu Magazine 100 Notables in 2005, which honored note-worthy citizens who have made a significant contribution to Honolulu's life and culture; won the 2006 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Small Business Council of America; and the Fred Rogers Award for Philanthropy from the Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families in 2007. His great-great grandparents, Amos Starr Cooke and Juliet Montague Cooke, sailed "around the Horn" from New England to the Hawaiian Islands as missionaries in the Eighth Company, arriving in 1837. This missionary couple, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Starr Cooke, founded and taught the ali'i children in the Chiefs' Children's School, the home school for princes and princesses. Many of their pupils established "royal trusts" that still exist and give money for specific purposes, including the Lunalilo Home Trust, the Bishop Estate, the Queen Lili'uokalani Trust, and the Queen Emma Foundation. Mr. Midkiff cared deeply about this legacy, and he said that, "There comes with being a missionary descendant a feeling that we are all children of God, brothers and sisters of all people, and that we all have an obligation to care for each other." In this school, the royal children lived and shared the life and responsibilities, the disciplines and the joys of Mr. and Mrs. Cooke and their own children. In this school, sixteen royal children were educated. Five of them later became Monarchs of the Kingdom. Princess Bernice Pauahi, great-granddaughter of Kamehameha The Great, was one of these royal pupils, and lived in the Cooke's missionary home from age eight to age nineteen, and was married in the parlor of that home to Charles Reed Bishop. Impressed with the benefits of such education, when Princess Pauahi later inherited great portions of the Kamehamehama lands, and was approaching the end of her life, she decided that what she could provide that could best help her needy people was a good Christian education. She left her great estate to establish and maintain The Kamehameha Schools. All of the royal children of the Chiefs' Children's School were childless, or lost their only children. Several of them created charitable trusts based on lands given them by the Great Mahele of Kamehameha III; including Queen Emma, who left her lands in trust for Queen's Hospital, and King Lunalilo, who left his lands in a trust to care for aged Hawaiians. Queen Lili'uokalani left her lands similarly to provide for orphans, giving preference to those of pure or part Hawaiian descent. Mr. Midkiff's maternal great-grandmother, Juliette Montague Cooke Atherton, was one of the Cooke children reared with Princess Pauahi and the other Hawaiian princes and princesses in the Chiefs' Children's School. His great-grandmother told stories of those royal school days and in this way her deep and infectious love for the Hawaiian children and their parents had a profound experience upon him as a child. She was the first in her family to attend Punahou School in 1850. She founded and conducted the Juliette M. Atherton Trust, which later became part of the Atherton Family Foundation. His grandfather, Theodore Richards, came to Hawaii in 1888 as a teacher and later served as Principal of The Kamehameha School for Boys for five years, beginning in 1894. He married Mary Cushing Atherton, daughter of Juliette Cooke Atherton and Joseph Ballard Atherton. Theodore Richards founded Kokokahi, which means "of one blood", which he meant as a place for people of different races to live together as people of one blood. He also founded the Friend Peace Scholarship Fund, and was the Superintendent for 25 years of the Bible Training School, and helped to establish the Kauluwela Mission. He was the son of Frank Elbert Midkiff and Ruth Richards Midkiff, his grandparents were Theodore Richards (who served as Principal of Kamehameha Schools for five years beginning in 1894) and Mary Atherton Richards, and his great-grandparents were Joseph Ballard Atherton and Juliet Cooke Atherton, the eldest daughter of the Cookes. Juliette Cooke Atherton founded and conducted the Juliette M. Atherton Trust, which later became the Atherton Family Foundation. His father, Frank Elbert Midkiff, served as a Trustee of both the Kamehameha Schools and of Punahou School. When he first arrived in Hawaii in 1913 to teach at Punahou School, he planned to stay in Hawaii for only two years and then to continue around the world. He had no desire to leave once he had come to the islands. He taught and coached at Punahou School, and then became a teacher and coach, and later principal of Kamehameha Schools. His parents were married in 1917. His mother, Ruth Richards Midkiff, was an active community volunteer, serving as Regent of the Daughters of the Hawaii, President of the Garden Club of Honolulu, and as the President of the YWCA locally and a national Director of the YWCA. She taught Sunday School at Central Union Church. Bob spent part of his childhood on the site of the present Bishop Museum, which was then the Kamehameha School for Boys. His fondness for the Hawaiian people thus had its source in his family's close educational relationships with Hawaiian students in schools, a history that has stretched from 1837 to the present day. Bob was the second of three children. His sisters are Mary Wilson Midkiff, who died of diphtheria at an early age, and Elizabeth (Betty) Midkiff Morris Myers, who died in 2012. Bob attended Hanahauoli School, graduating in 1931; PunahouSchool, class of 1938; and Yale University, class of 1942, with his close friends Thurston Twigg-Smith and John Kneubuhl. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Yale. World War II broke out during his senior year at college, and after graduation, he enlisted in the Army, which sent him to study Japanese language back at Yale. He first started in the Military Police in the Army, and was later assigned to General McArthur's staff in Japan. He was then sent to Korea, and his job was to repatriate Japanese civilians and soldiers from Korea back to Japan. He received the Army Commendation Ribbon. After the war, he had some choices: either law school at Yale, or business school at Harvard, or government in Washington, all on the mainland, but he listened to some very good advice from a mentor and returned to Hawaii. The advice was that 'You will make three great decisions in your life. You will decide whom you will marry, but your wife will have a lot to say about that. You will decide what church you will attend again, your wife will have a lot to say about that. But you can decide where you want to live and what you do when you get there." He decided he wanted to live in Hawaii, so he returned home to the Islands. He cared deeply about Hawaii and its people. His days were full of good works in this community. His life was full of activity, concern, and service to others. His first job was at Hawaiian Trust downtown, where he started as a delivery boy and clerk. He later married the late Eva Anita (Evanita) Sumner in 1948, and together they raised five children in their Kahala Beach home. After Hawaiian Trust, he moved to American Factors (AmFac), where he was a Vice-President for Public Relations and Planning. He helped to develop Kaanapali Resort and Silverado Resort for AmFac, and helped to found the Lahaina Restoration Foundation in 1962, with the goal of preserving the historical significance of the town, and to return Lahaina to the appearance that it had during the days of the Hawaiian monarchy. After AmFac, he served as the President of American Security Bank, and then founded his own trust company, American Trust Co. of Hawaii, which served as a custodial trustee for pension and profit sharing plans. American Trust bought Bishop Trust, and he later sold both companies to the Bank of Hawaii. He pioneered the use of profit sharing plans and was known as the "Father of Profit Sharing in Hawaii". He was always an active community volunteer, serving on the Atherton Family Foundation and countless other boards. He helped found the Downtown Improvement Association, Waikiki Improvement Association, and the Friends of 'Iolani Palace. He was on the board of directors of the Moanalua Gardens Foundation, the Kokokahi Community Trust, which his grandfather, Theodore Richards, founded, and served as President of the Social Science Association. One of his biggest accomplishments was in seeing a vision of downtown and helping to make that vision become reality. His first goal was to anchor the government decision-making process by locating the new state Capitol in central Honolulu, thus ensuring that all state, city, and federal headquarters buildings were a part of downtown. To that end, he joined Scotty Koga as co-chairmen of the architect selection committee, selecting the ultimate design for the Capitol. The second goal was to anchor the downtown business center by creating a building like Rockefeller Center, which would serve as a business magnet and catalyst to sustain growth in the downtown area. The Financial Plaza of the Pacific was the remarkable result. His third goal was to revitalize downtown with cultural and historical assets, such as Iolani Palace, the Mission Houses Museum, and Chinatown. Downtown needed to be a cultural hub, to bring people to the area after work hours. Part of his plan to create that cultural hub was to restore the Hawaii Theatre to its former glory (the area was talked about as becoming another parking lot). He raised millions of dollars to restore the theatre. He also became chairman of the Honolulu Culture and Arts District. He served as a director of the Honolulu Advertiser, and helped his childhood friend, Thurston Twigg-Smith, to form the joint operating agreement which had the Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin sharing their printing presses. He had a rare gift for bringing people together to work for a common cause. He was very successful in raising money for non-profits, working for many worthy causes, including Punahou School's Charles R. Bishop Building restoration; the Hawaii Community Foundation, which he helped to found and for which he served as secretary and director; the Mission Houses Museum; and the Friends of Iolani Palace. He served as the President of the Hawaii Visitors Bureau, as Chairman of Aloha United Way's Trust & Foundations Division, and as Hawaii's first representative on the Council of Foundations board. He traveled to Washington, D.C., where he advocated for profit-sharing and for ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership) plans, working with his great friend Senator Sparky Matsunaga. He was a director of the Profit Sharing Council of America. He helped establish a bill for Hawaii Land Trusts. His social network included the Apua Ale and Sail Gang, a group of friends who grew up together and maintained their Punahou School connection all their lives. Their children all became friends, and the parents taught them to sail and gave them a large extended network of connections. His home became the scene of many wonderful parties. He and his wife decided to take disco dancing lessons, and invited their friends to join them at their house in Kahala for those lessons. There were many parties given for his friends and for his children, and many of them ended with the rugs being rolled up, the music turned on, and lots of dancing. He loved music of all kinds, and took up the piano again in his later years. He loved opera, jazz (Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were favorites), and Hawaiian music. He wrote and sang his signature song, "Why Deed You Make Me Love You, Why, Deed You?" He was a good friend to many, and his good friends continued to be his friends after his stroke in 2006. He enjoyed golf, both with his father at Oahu Country Club, and later, with a terrific and kind group at Waialae Country Club. He continued to meet every Friday at the Pacific Club with some of his classmates. He loved to tell jokes, and published a book, Uncle Bob's Heavenly Jokes, for a fundraiser for the Good Beginnings Alliance. In 1993 he launched a new career as a children's advocate, using the considerable money-raising and marketing skills that took him to the top of his business field, as an advocate for the cause at the Legislature and with the Hawaii Business Roundtable. The Senate Resolution in 2001 stated, in part, "The people of Hawaii owe a debt of gratitude beyond what words can express to Mr. Midkiff. He has been a leader and mainstay in the development of modern Hawaii since Statehood. He will be memorialized in the history of Hawaii as a towering figure in business leadership and community participation." In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in his name to Punahou School, 1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822, for the Robert R. '38 and Evanita S. '39 Midkiff Endowed Fund to support Early Childhood Education; or to KCAA , 2707 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826; or to the Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, or to a charity of your choice. He is survived by numerous family members, including his five children, Mary Lloyd Midkiff Fiedler, Robin Starr Midkiff, Shelley Sumner Midkiff, Robert Richards Midkiff, Jr., and David Wilson Midkiff; and his six grandchildren, Jennifer Cooke Fiedler, Julia Wright Fiedler, Alejandra Sumner Liliuokalani Borunda, Erich Atherton Deines, Anita Starr Deines, and Gabriel Itzcoatl Borunda, and three great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Solomon Deines, and Evanita Mahealani Beins. He is pre-deceased by his wife, Evanita Sumner Midkiff, and his sisters Mary Wilson Midkiff and Frances Elizabeth (Betty) Midkiff Morris Myers. Services will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at St. Andrew's Cathedral, 229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, HI 96813. There will be a private interment service at the Mission Houses Cemetery.

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