RICHARD MARLO IMES February 23, 2015 Richard "Dick" Marlo Imes, 88, of Kaneohe, passed away on February 23, 2015. Dick was born in 1926 in Los Angeles, CA. He attended North Hollywood High School and two years at Occidental College as an art major. He enlisted in the 764 Army Air Force at age 18, and served as a staff sergeant cryptographer and control tower operator in Germany and Denmark until 1946. On December 26, 1947, he married Mary Joan Mann and lived in Studio City, CA, where he worked in the home office of Farmers Insurance Co. on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. Dick and "Joan" were married 68 years, and had two children, Marlou Imes and Richard Lee Imes. They have two grandsons, Elliot Richard Imes age 32 of Des Moines, IA, and Nathan Paul Imes, age 28, of St. Louis, MO. Dick later went on to study art at the Art Center in Los Angeles, and became accomplished in multiple mediums, including mosaics, charcoal sketches, watercolors, and cartooning. While vacationing in Hawai'i in the mid '70s, Dick and Joan fell in love with the islands and subsequently moved to Kaneohe in 1979. Dick was a longtime Treasurer of the Friends of the Kaneohe Library and his cartoons enlivened the O'ahu Community Gardens Cookbook. He and Joan cherished the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden and frequently visited the gardens to picnic and enjoy the scenery. Dick had a great sense of humor, heart, and love of family. His retirement years were filled with enjoyable pastimes: music - Dixieland jazz and opera, military history, and especially golf and ocean swimming. Dick continued his interest in art and will be remembered most for his stylistic watercolor portraits of Hawaiian women, children, and people of the Pacific Rim. Over the years, these portraits traditionally graced the cover of the Imes' Christmas cards and were eagerly anticipated by family and friends. To quote an appreciative observer regarding his work: "You capture the beauty of humanity."
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased