Ralph loved to watch sporting events of all kinds, but especially football, baseball, and basketball. If he hadn't returned to Maui after college to help his parents in the family business, he would have wanted to be a sportscast announcer. Ralph enjoyed big parties at their home, friendly weekend poker games with their "poker gang," and playing the slots and poker in Vegas. Family and friends remember him for his love of telling silly jokes and his amazing ability to devour plates of sushi.
Ralph is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Douglas Katagiri of Beaverton, Oregon; his son, Gehrig Ikeda of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandchildren Adrianne (and husband, Steve) Kwak of Washington, and Zach (and wife, Amanda) Katagiri of New York; great-grandchildren Ellie Kwak (age 15), Cara Kwak (age 13), Alden Katagiri (age 3) and Tate Katagiri (2 months); sister, Kathleen (and husband Kenji) Sumida of Hawaii, and sisters-in-law Betty Kay Ikeda of Texas; Kazuko Ikeda of Hawaii, Sheilah Kodama of California and Joan (and husband, Reynold) Shoho of Nevada, and many other beloved relatives, friends, and caregivers. Three of Ralph's brothers pre-deceased him: Kenneth (and wife Amy), Richard, and Robert. Ralph loved and lived for his family. Soon after his wife's mother's untimely death when Loretta was 21, they brought her father to live with them on Maui; Kiyoshi lived with them until his death in 1988. Ralph enjoyed being with family and friends to celebrate births, marriages, reunions, graduations, and good times.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no memorial service. The family is not accepting koden (monetary gift). Instead, you may make a donation in memory of Ralph Ikeda to promote medical advances to the health issue of your choice if you so desire.
Arrangements Provided By:
Hosoi Garden Mortuary