Archive for the ‘Family Placed Obituaries’ Category


Posted On October 12th, 2013 -

10-12 565884  Mary Ruth RushMARY RUTH RUSH Mary Ruth Rush, age 82, passed away on 16 Sept 2013 in Shalimar, Florida. She was born in Pasadena, California. She spent the first half of her life in California. After being widowed at an early age she became the first women to participate as a crewmember in the Los Angeles to Tahiti Trans Pacific Yacht Race in 1968. That brought her to Hawaii where she met her second husband. They were married in 1970. During her twenty years in her beloved Hawaii, she was a member of the Hawaii Yacht Club and active with the Polynesian Voyaging Society. She was a member and several times president of the Olomana Community Association. In 1993 she and her husband moved to Shalimar, Fl. where In 1996 she founded the Poquito Bayou Community Association. In 2013 Okaloosa County honored her work naming the Pavilion in Poquito Bayou’s neighborhood park the “the “Mary Rush Pavilion”. She is survived by her husband Gerald “Jerry” Rush, three sons; Jon Quist of Kailua, Hawaii, James Quist of Jacksonville, FL and Andrew Rush of Shalimar, Fl. , sister Jane Magwood of California and four grandchildren.


Posted On October 10th, 2013 -

YOUNG MOON KO Age 80, of Honolulu, passed away September 17, 2013 at Queen’s Medical Center. Born November 29, 1932 in Korea. He is survived by sons, Insun (Young Rang) Ko, Kwangsun (Young Shil) Ko; 1 brother; 2 sisters; 4 grandchildren. Visitation 10:00 a.m. Tuesday 10/15 at Mililani Mortuary Downtown Chapel, Service 11:00 a.m. Burial 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Casual Attire.


Posted On October 10th, 2013 -

TOMIKO MARIAN FURUTA Age 98, of Aiea, HI, passed away September 20, 2013 in Ewa Beach. Born May 17, 1915 in Waialua, HI. She is survived by daughters, Jean Y. Sugino, Diane S. (Eric) Pratt; 3 grandchildren. Private Services held.


Posted On October 9th, 2013 -

SONNY KAULUWEHI PELEKAI, JR. Age 70, of Waianae, HI, passed away September 23, 2013 in Ewa Beach. Born March 9, 1943 in Honolulu, HI. Retired Civil Service for the Environmental Department of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. He is survived by wife, Doreen Dung-Pelekai; sons, Owen Kaulu Pelekai, Kainoa Pelekai, Shannon Kaala (Charnell) Pelekai; daughters, Kaai Clara (Leighton) Panui, Viola Kaipo (Gus) Pegge; brothers, Louie Pelekai, Sr., Henry Pelekai, Sr., Derrick Pelekai, Sr.; sisters, Florence Yelinek, Carol Pelekai; 15 grandchildren. Visitation 8:30 a.m. Monday (October 14) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Casual/Aloha Attire. No flowers, please.


Posted On October 9th, 2013 -

CONCHITA CONSING LIZARES Age 82, of Waipahu, HI, passed away September 17, 2013 in Honolulu. Born April 2, 1931 in Waialua, Oahu. She is survived by son, Carl (Charlene) Lorenzo; daughters, Valerie Vea, Alice Yue, Denise (Gerald) Malunao, Corinne (Eric) Alameida, Cirila (Chris) Crane; 25 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; 5 great- great-grandchildren. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Monday (October 14) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Tuesday (October 15) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 12:00 Noon at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual Atire. Flower Welcome.


Posted On October 9th, 2013 -

10-9 BETTY UMEKO TANIOKABETTY UMEKO TANIOKA Age 91, of Wahiawa, HI, passed away September 12, 2013 in Wahiawa. Born January 20, 1922 in Ewa, HI. Betty was a seafood manager of Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering. She was a member of Calvary Independent Church. She is survived by sons, Harry (Susan) Tanioka, Mel (Lynn) Tanioka; daughters, Esther (Richard) Ringor, Kay (Terry) Saylor; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Sunday (October 13) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:00 p.m.


Posted On October 8th, 2013 -

10-8 SHARON RICE KINGSHARON RICE KING Memorial services to be held for Sharon Rice King at Oahu Cemetery on Tuesday Oct 15,2013 at 10:00AM. Casual Attire. Survived by: her husband Tim of Kilauea, Kauai, her sons Peter (Kori) of Lihue Kauai and Toby (Tai) of N. Kohala, Hawaii.


Posted On October 8th, 2013 -

FLORENCE LEIMOMI DIONES Age 76, of Honolulu, HI, passed away September 19, 2013 in Honolulu. Born May 31, 1937 in Honolulu. Retired after 25 years of service in the Hotel Industry. She is survived by sons, Stanley Alana Diones, Sr., Jerry (Patricia) Aguilar, Raymond (Deedee) Diones; daughters, Florene “Hana” (John, Sr.) Shaw, Jane (Elde) Ednilao, Loling “Lolita” (Antonio) Ursulum; 22 grandchildren; 25 great- grandchildren; 3 great-great- grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Saturday (October 12) at Mililani Downtown Mortuary (20 S. Kukui St., Honolulu); Funeral Service 11:30 a.m. Burial 2:30 p.m. at Valley of The Temples Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On October 7th, 2013 -

DAVID MITCHELL ELI, SR. Age 77, of Waianae, HI, passed away September 13, 2013 in Waianae. Born February 9, 1936 in Waianae, HI. David was retired from the Kaiser Cement Co. He is survived wife, Barbaranelle Eli; sons, David “Kawika” Eli, Jr., Kimiona (Diane) Eli; daughters, Raynalyn (Thomas) Kaleikini, Alveenalyn (Kahaku) Eli Beniamina Kahale; brothers, Daniel (Audrey) Eli, Stephen (Yvonne) Eli; sisters, Betty Ann (Andrew) Kaahaaina, Shirley Ann (Steven) Silva; 13 grand- children; 4 great-grandchildren; numerous hanai children, nieces & nephews. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Friday (October 11) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 10:30 a.m.


Posted On October 7th, 2013 -

10-7 LYKA ALEGADOLYKA CAMILLE MARCELO ALEGADO Age 16 of Mililani, HI, passed away August 29, 2013 in Honolulu. Born October 21, 1996 in Wahiawa, HI. Lyka was a student at Mililani High School. She was a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo Choir. She is survived by parents, Edgar & Lemelyn Alegado; brother, Edryk Alegado; paternal grandmother, Agustina Alegado; maternal grandparents, Clemente & Elena Marcelo. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Friday (October 11) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Saturday (October 12) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. Burial 11:00 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park.


Posted On October 6th, 2013 -

10-6 562073  Satsuki IzutsuSATSUKI SATS IZUTSU On Sunday, September 1, 2013, Satsuki Izutsu passed away peacefully at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. She was 91 years young and left 2 sisters: Jane Nakabayashi and Thelma Akau; 2 brothers: Setsuo and Satoru Izutsu; a number of nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews; and great grand nieces and nephews, along with countless friends. She was born on March 5, 1922 in Makaweli, Kauai. She lived with her family at Camp Six where her father managed the plantation store. She was a proud graduate of Mid Pacific Institute in Honolulu, and an accomplished alumna at the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in education. She was a teacher with the Territory and State Department of Education and a life-long educator and learner. She was a recipient of two (2) Fullbright Scholarships to Japan to study educational television at NHK and flower arranging at the Ikenobo School in Kyoto. She was a student of the Koto and practiced the arts of ikebana, cha-no-yu, calligraphy, sewing, the Celtic harp, and handmade paper crafts. Sats was a consummate traveler that always sought new journeys and adventures often by herself. She treasured all her friends and acquaintances and was devoted to her family and Christ the Lord. As she did not have her own children, her nieces and nephews were blessed to have Aunty Sats as a second mother. She was a stable presence who kept the family fabric intact. We appreciate all those who have taken Sats into their hearts and lives. In the event of her passing, she wished for a small family service. Yet, we know that she would want all of you to think of her without grieving, for her spirit will live in all of us. With sincere appreciation the family thanks all who have shared special moments with our dear Sats. With love and thanks – the family of Satsuki Izutsu.


Posted On October 6th, 2013 -

KENNETH K. IKEDA Kenneth K. Ikeda, 83, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on July 17, 2013. Born in Honolulu, he was the first Japanese-American from Hawaii to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After 20 years of active duty, he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He then worked as a Systems Analyst for the Indiana Highway Department. Preceded in death by his wife Jane N. Ikeda, he is survived by son, Robert Ikeda; daughters, Debra Ikeda, Mary Griffith (Daniel); grandchildren, Heather White (Michael), Marcus Ikeda (Allison); and sisters, Florence Yasuda, Nora Inaba. Services to be held: 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 11 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.


Posted On October 6th, 2013 -

10-6 Nancy EslabaNANCY RUFO ESLABA Age 45, of Honolulu, passed away September 20, 2013 in Honolulu. Born May 7, 1968 in Honolulu. She was born to the late Macario Ringor Eslaba and survived mother Filomena Rufo Eslaba on May 7, 1968. Nancy attended Farrington High School, after high school she worked at Palolo McDonald’s as a food prep server for ten years. Nancy had a Personal Assistant that takes her out on the community throughout the week. Nancy was a member of St. John Apostle & Evangelist Catholic Church in Mililani. Nancy is survived by her sisters Gloria (Phillip) Bryant; nephews Phillip Jr. (Whitney) (great-niece Addison) and Michael (Alex) (great-niece Raelynn) Bryant, Melanie Eslaba (Gary) Kitagawa; nephew John-Mychael Kitagawa- Eslaba. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Thursday 10/10 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 9:30 a.m. Friday 10/11 at St. Anthony Church, 640 Puuhale Rd., Mass 10:30 a.m. Burial 1:00 p.m. at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On October 6th, 2013 -

10-6 FRANCES ESPINDA-MAHOEFRANCES LINDA LAUAE ESPINDA-MAHOE Age 71, of Mililani, Hawaii, passed away September 15, 2013 in Kailua, Hawaii. Born January 6, 1942 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a Information Specialist for the State of Hawaii Office of the Governor. Preceded in Death by Daughter Gwendollyn Laybon. She is survived by husband, Charles K. Mahoe, Jr.; daughters, Randollyn Laybon, Frances (Darrell) Kami, Lokelani (John) Hunter, Iwalani (Timothy) McBrayer, Terry Lee, Darrah (Timothy) Arruda, D’Ann (Jessie) Hawkins; sons, Randoph Laybon, Jr., Herbert Laybon, Dallas (Amy) Mahoe; sisters, Liberta (Timothy) Albao, Emmarene “Dolly” (Dennis) Smock, Caroline (Al) Lum; brothers, Brian (Ivy) Espinda, Richard Espinda, Andrew (Annie) Lau; 26 grandchildren; 4 great- grandchildren. Visitation 5:30-9:00 p.m. Thurs. (10/10) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Wake Service 6:30 p.m. Visitation also 8:30 a.m. Fri. (10/11) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Funeral Service 11:00 a.m. Burial 12:30 p.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. Aloha Attire. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On October 5th, 2013 -

10-5 564389  Paul Behasa Gallarde IN MEMORIAMIN LOVING MEMORY 1ST ANNIVERSARY Paul Behasa Gallarde February 19, 1927 – October 5, 2012 Always in our hearts


Posted On October 4th, 2013 -

JACQUELYN KAHEA VAN GIESON Age 37, of Waianae, HI, passed away September 17, 2013 in Waianae. Born November 12, 1975 in Colorado. Jackie was a 1994 graduate of Waianae High School. She was a hostess at Germaines Luau & member of Halau O’ Po’omaikelani. She is survived by son, Derick S. Thalheimer; daughters, Destiny Van Gieson, Deja Rose Van Gieson; mother, Rose Marie Van Gieson; brother, Jonah Van Gieson; sister, Kainoa Van Gieson. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (October 8) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 10:30 a.m. Casual Attire. Family request guests to wear purple. Flowers Welcome.


Posted On October 4th, 2013 -

TOSHIFUMI TOSHI ODAGIRI Age 85, of Pearl City, HI, passed away September 13, 2013 in Pearl City. Born June 26, 1928 in Waialua, Oahu. He was a volunteer at Pearl City Urban Garden. He was also a auto mechanic at Waipahu Garage/Pearl City Chrysler and retired from Dole Cannery. He is survived by wife, Jane Odagiri; sons, Loren Odagiri, Alan Odagiri; daughters, Carol (Calvin) Matsuo, Nellie (Brian) Fukuda; 5 grandchildren; brother, Thomas Masami Odagiri. Visitation 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (October 8) at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel; Memorial Service 6:00 p.m. Casual Attire. No flowers, please.


Posted On October 4th, 2013 -

YACHIYO IKI Age 96, of Honolulu, passed away September 21, 2013 at Palolo Chinese Home. Born October 31, 1916. She is survived by sons, Gary (June) Iki, Daniel Iki; daughter, Janice (Edwin) Motoshige. Visitation 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 10/9 at Mililani Downtown Moruary, Memorial Service 6:00 p.m. Casual Attire.


Posted On October 4th, 2013 -

ERNEST ERNIE AKIRA KATSUYOSHI Ernest “Ernie” Akira Katsuyoshi died on September 23, 2013, in Morgan Hill, California. He was born in Honolulu on April 9, 1938. Ernie was a veteran of the Hawaii Army National Guard, and was employed with the Santa Clara County Dept. of Corrections/Sheriff’s Dept. He was predeceased by first wife, Ruth, with whom he had sons Wade and Kurt, and daughter Diane. They had six grandchildren. He is also survived by wife, Mylva, brother Thomas, and sister June Higaki. Funeral services and burial will be held in San Jose, CA, on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Oak Hill Funeral Home and Memorial Park.


Posted On October 4th, 2013 -

10-4 564230  Edna LiuEDNA AKINO MORALES LIU Age 86, of Honolulu, passed away on September 23, 2013. Edna was born in Kakaako and lived in Kalihi. She was a Fore Lady at Libby McNeil and Dole Cannery, and very active in her Union. Edna is survived by her daughters, Sandra (David) Hawkins and Caryn N. Craig; brothers, Noboru (Carol) and George Miyamoto, sister Jean Tamiyo (Delbert) Watanabe, 7 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Service will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalihi (1723 Beckley St.) with visitation to begin at 8:30 a.m. and service at 10:00 a.m. Private Burial. Online Condolences:


Posted On October 3rd, 2013 -

10-3 563034  Jane Ann ConlanJANE ANN CONLAN Jane Ann Conlan, 67, of Kailua, a retired registered nurse, passed away September 8, 2013, in Los Angeles. She was born in Los Angeles. She is survived by daughters Johanna Morgan (Eric) and Caroline Conlan; sister Marlene Gillan (Robert Bull); brother Richard Agrusa (Donna); grandchildren Kai and Nicole; nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held on October 27, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Kaneohe Yacht Club. Casual Attire.


Posted On October 3rd, 2013 -

LAURENCE D. CAMVEL Age 90, of Kaneohe, passed away September 21, 2013 at t his residence. Born November 29, 1922 in Paia, Maui. He was retired from Pearl Harbor as a Quality Inspector Specialist; he was also a Navy Veteran and a Waikiki Beachboy in his Youth known as “Daddy O”. He is survived by his wife Marie Ako Camvel, daughter Charmaine Camvel, son Laurence W. (Donnie) Camvel, step- daughters: Ray-Marie (Wayne) Hamaoka, Brenda (LeRoy) Pimentel; Yolanda Tweet (Leslie) Tilton; 14 grand- children, 19 great-grand- children; 7 great-great-grand- children and a brother Carl D. (Muggy) Camvel. Visitation 9:30 a.m. Tuesday 10/8 at Mililani Downtown Mortuary, Memorial Sevice 10:30 a.m. Casual Attire.


Posted On October 3rd, 2013 -

10-3 RITA M. NESTORRITA M. NESTOR Age 91, of New London, NC., formerly of Honolulu, HI., passed away Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Stanly Manor Nursing Home in Albemarle, NC. A native of New Jersey, Rita earned her nursing degree in 1944 from the Bayonne Medical Center School of Nursing. She then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps; rising to the rank of Captain. Rita met her husband Joe, while serving at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington D.C. They served and lived in several states before settling in Honolulu, Hawaii where they lived from 1963-2003. Rita enjoyed working as an R.N. for Kaiser Hospital in Honolulu for 17 years. Rita was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joe. Left to grieve her passing are her loving children, Robert Joseph of Houston, TX., and San Diego, CA.; daughter Carol Nestor Sullivan and son-in-law, Larry of New London, NC. Funeral services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington, D.C. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N 1st St Albemarle, NC 28001, or the charity of your choice. Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


Posted On October 3rd, 2013 -

10-3 MARY FLORAGUE APOLONIO B&WMARY FLORAGUE APOLONIO Sept. 17, 2013 Mary Florague Apolonio, 77, of Honolulu, died at home. She was born in Santo Domingo, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. She is survived by daughters Jo-Ann A. Llaneza and Nona Apolonio-Smith, sister Leticia Natividad, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visiation: 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Mass: 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Kalihi. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples. Casual attire. No flowers.


Posted On October 2nd, 2013 -

10-2 563453  Charles Reeves IICHARLES ARMISTEAD REEVES II CHARLIE BOY APRIL 26, 1930 – SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 He was born to William “Billy” and Henrietta “Bessie” Reeves in 1930. He had many happy memories growing up with his sisters, cousins, aunties, uncles and many many others in Kuli`ou’ou Valley. They climbed the mango trees and enjoyed the life of the country when it was country. In 1949 he married Lois Benson of Kapahulu. It is amazing to see God’s hand in their marriage by how much they loved each other. Our mother called him “Rip”, we knew him as Dad, Papa and Greatpapa. To everyone else he was Charlie Boy or Uncle Charlie Boy. He was a hard worker which is a value he passed on to each of us by his example. He was a man of strong convictions and did his very best in all his endeavors. His passions were his love for God, his love for his family and friends, and his love for the ocean. As a young man he surfed on the south shore: Portlock, Sandy and Makapu`u. He also collected shells and salt water fish; dove for black and pink coral; made, laid and threw net; trapped lobster and crab, trolled the open waters for ‘Big Fish” and made his own lures. He is survived by: Sister; Billie Banderman. Children; Charles A. Reeves III (Coleen), Renette C. Parker (Alvin), Roger B. Reeves (Diane), Stramer F. Reeves (Bianca). Grandchildren: Charles A. Reeves IV (Misty), Karen Keolani Alejado (Aaron), Joseph Reeves, Tatiana Reeves, Lorenzo Reeves, Great grandchildren: Parker & Emma Alejado and Kale & Ellie Ann Reeves. We want to thank all of the Correa, Leslie, Benson & Reeves `Ohana, and friends for their love, support and prayers during this time. We are truly blessed to have so much love in our lives because you loved our dad. Funeral Friday at Borthwick Mortuary, Maunakea Chapel; Viewing begins at 9, Service 11am Burial at Hawaiian Memorial Park, Kane`ohe begins at 1pm


Posted On October 1st, 2013 -

JANIS Y. HONDA Age 62, of Pearl City, HI, passed away August 17, 2013 in Pearl City. Born November 10, 1950 in Waialua, HI. She was employed at the Bone & Joint Clinic, Honolulu. She is survived by spouse, Glenn M. Honda; brother, Jerry (Naomi) Nakamura; sisters-in- law, Karen Rodrigues, Susan Uehara; brothers-in-law, James Rodrigues, Dan Honda; niece & nephews, Aaron, Danicia, Danson Visitation 9:30 a.m. Saturday (October 5) at Mililani Mortuary Makai Chapel; Memorial Service 10:30 a.m. Burial 11:30 a.m. at Mililani Memorial Park. No monetary or koden offerings, please.


Posted On September 29th, 2013 -

9-29 PABLITO C. ULEPPABLITO C. ULEP If tears would make a staircase, and heartaches make a lane, we’d walk the path to heaven and bring you home again. Pablito C. Ulep, passed peacefully in his sleep, on August 31, 2013. Pablito was born on January 7, 1959 and raised in San Nicolas Ilocos Norte. Pablito worked diligently as a bus operator for Oahu Transit Services for over 15 years. He was named Operator of the Month twice and received numerous recognition awards. Pablito is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Melva Ulep and only child, a daughter and attorney, Dianalyn Ulep. In addition, 9 siblings and 23 nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe at 7:00 pm. Public viewing begins at 5:30pm. On Saturday, October 5, 2013, a final public viewing will be held at Saint Philomena Church at 10:00 am and Mass service at 11:00 am. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples at 1:00 pm.


Posted On September 29th, 2013 -

9-29 KELCI SHIGETAKELCI MARIE NANI MAKAMAE KEIKO SHIGETA Kelci Marie Nani Makamae Keiko Shigeta, 4, of Kailua, passed away August 31, 2013 at Castle Medical Center due to complications from a mitochondrial disease. She was born on December 7, 2008 in Honolulu. She is survived by her loving parents Todd and Kelli, brothers Travis and Jansen, and sister Taylor, grandparents Cliford & Paula Nakaoka and Charles & Florence Shigeta. Visitation 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 5th, at St. Ann’s Church. Funeral services at 12:30 p.m. Burial at 2:00 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial. Casual attire. Flowers welcome.


Posted On September 29th, 2013 -

9-29 ROBBIE RATH #2ROBBIE RATH Robbie Rath (Robert H. Rath II) was a keiki o ke kai, who loved the ocean and made it his playground as well as his life’s work. Robbie was born and raised in Honolulu. He attended Punahou School and Menlo College, later graduating from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in geography. From the age of 15, when his family built a beach home on the North Shore, Robbie’s passion was surfing. His favorite surf spots were Ala Moana Bowls, Chun’s and Laniakea. His surf name was “Old Man.” His wife, Ginger Waters, describes him as a “Soul surfer. He would say he wasn’t religious but the closest thing to religion for him was surfing. He said you can’t deny there is a God when you’re at one with a wave, with the mountains as your back drop.” Robbie went surfing on the last day of his life. Robbie was a decorated Vietnam War veteran with the 9th infantry Division of the U.S. Army. He was in a long range reconnaissance team in the communications division. He was an advisor to and fought proudly with the Queen’s Cobra Unit of Thai soldiers. He said he admired and respected them on and off the battlefield. Robbie received a Bronze Star for acts of heroism in a combat zone and a Purple Heart for being wounded in action. He also received a commendation from the Queen of Thailand. Pacific Resources Inc. hired Robbie to oversee operations. He traveled to Tonga, Fiji and Samoa for PRI to set up operations there. After the Exxon Valdez oil spill, he saw the future – that there would be a need for a team of experts to respond to oil spills. He was a founder of Hawaii’s Clean Islands Council, a consortium supported by the oil companies that partners with the national Marine Oil Spill Response Corporation and the Coast Guard. While working for Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP), Robbie gained international respect for his handling of the Iron Baron oil spill on Hebe Reef off Northern Tasmania. His environmental work was so lauded that the Australian government and BHP held a dinner in his honor, bringing both Robbie and his wife, Ginger Waters, to Melbourne to receive an award. Robbie became a consultant and formed his own team to provide oil spill response and mine safety training. His company was called RathResponse and he worked with experts from all over the world in such far flung countries as Colombia, England, Peru, Chile and Australia. Robbie and Ginger first fell in love as teens in 1963. They met again by happenstance 26 years later, in 1989, and married in 1991. Robbie is survived by his wife Ginger, his sisters Paula Rath and Roberta Cullen of Honolulu, three children: Tiare Rath of New York City, Heather Rath of Hilton Head, S.C. and Rob Rath of Hong Kong; and two grandsons: Gray Dimaria and Davis Hama. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, October 3, at 4 p.m. at the Elks – Honolulu Lodge No. 616, 2933 Kalakaua Ave. The family requests that donations be made to Palama Settlement, 810 N. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96817.


Posted On September 29th, 2013 -

9-29 561115  Theodore BergoldTHEODORE BERGOLD, SR. Ted Bergold, 93, passed away on Aug. 12th. He was a retired Banker and an Army Veteran. He is survived by wife, Elsie; sons, Tim and Tom; daughters Bedda, Kathleen and Mary; brother, Fred Jr., along with 2 nephews, 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter, Monica, and son, Ted, Jr. Life Celebration will be held at the Elks Lodge #616 on Oct. 10th at 10:00 a.m., followed by scattering of ashes via canoe. Aloha attire.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran
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