Obituaries for Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

• Juan Olguin Amado • Sean Patrick Moody • Emery Joseph Opuulani Kaiawe Gifford • Rhondel Lee Gallion • Blaze Kalama O‘ Kaua‘i Lopez

Juan Olguin Amador

Juan Olguin Amador passed away on June 15, 2017, at the age of 42. He was born in Mexico.

Arrangements were held by Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

Sean Patrick Moody

July 10, 1964 – April 14, 2017

It is with great sadness our family shares the loss of our beloved Sean; son, brother, cousin, uncle, great-uncle and dear friend. Sean’s dedication and love for his family was matched only by how very much we adored him and his abiding devotion to his late wife and best friend, Marilyn.

Kauai was Sean’s home for 27 years. He was an amazing gardener and appreciated so much the island’s native and natural beauty. An excellent cook and gifted craftsman and carpenter, he enjoyed golfing with his friends, paddling, and his fishing when visiting family on the Mainland. He loved sports and was an avid UCLA fan and so loved a little feisty humor.

Sean’s island family of friends were an important part of his life, and he carried you all in his heart. During Sean and Marilyn’s marriage they had great fun traveling and he treasured those experiences as he did their home they built together in Princeville.

He was very patriotic; he loved our lively family reunions and being Uncle Sean, having a new great-nephew, laughing with his sisters and “Monday Night Football” and wagering with mom and Chris. Sean’s heart and kindness was his compass. He had such a generous spirit and a deep sense of compassion. One of his greatest joys was helping people, some of whom he didn’t even know personally, and never sought recognition for himself. His greatest wish for all of us was that we have love in our lives and have gratitude for that blessing.

A blessing and paddle out will be held at Hanalei Bay pier Saturday, Sept. 16. Friends are welcome to gather at 4 p.m. to celebrate Sean’s life.

Emery Joseph Opuulani Kaiawe Gifford

Emery Joseph Opuulani Kaiawe Gifford of Anahola, passed away on Aug. 19, 2017, at the age of 80.

Born on Dec. 24, 1936 in Lihue, he was a retired security officer for Wilcox Medical Center and Hanalei Bay Resort, and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by wife Elizabeth Kauo Gifford, mother Adelaide Gifford, sister Lynette Vaughan and grandparents George and Annie Kaiawe.

He is survived by wife Carylee Gifford, sisters Marie (Jim) Watson and Ilona Souza, three grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may visit the family on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m., with service at 10 a.m., at Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Koloa chapel.

Burial will follow at Kauai Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe.

Arrangements were handled by Borthwick Kauai Mortuary Koloa.

Rhondel Lee Gallion

Rhondel Lee Gallion, 52, of Kaawanui, passed away on Aug. 22, 2017, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Feb. 20, 1965, in Ashland, Kentucky. He was a heavy equipment operator.

He was preceded in death by John Gallion.

He is survived by wife May Kauilani Gallion of Kaawanui, sons Sammy Gallion of Kentucky, Jesse Gallion of Kentucky, Dustin (Brianna) Gallion of Kentucky, Dallas Kelley of Lihue, Keith Adams of Kaumakani and Conrad Adams of Kaumakani, daughters May (Clyde) Kia Jr. of Kalaheo and Trinity Adams of Kaawanui, 14 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, mother Merkie Baugess of Kentucky, grandmother Irene Penrington of Kentucky, sister Leisha (Larry) Salyers of Kentucky, brother Walter (Kathy) Gallion and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held on Friday, Aug. 25, at Garden Island Mortuary. Burial followed at Kekaha Hawaiian Cemetery.

Garden Island Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Blaze Kalama O‘ Kaua‘i Lopez

Blaze Kalama O‘ Kaua‘i Lopez passed away on Aug. 16, 2017, in Hawley, Texas. He was born on June 11, 1992 in Waimea.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Joseph Lopez Sr.

He is survived by mother Monica Davis, father Joseph Lopez, sisters Taylor Lahela Lopez and Ashlea Cacal, grandparents Glenn and Vida Mossman and Henry Peralta Jr. and Rose Hosaka, and numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Private services will be held at a later date.


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