Obituaries for Saturday, September 9, 2017

• George ‘Smokey’ Roland Moxley • Sean Patrick Moody • George Phillip Knapp • Michael Allan Splittstoesser

George ‘Smokey’ Roland Moxley

George “Smokey” Roland Moxley of Lihue passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at the age of 72. He was born in Maryland on March 22, 1945, and was a U.S. veteran, merchant marine, and a recent member of the Kauai Community College security department. He was a seaman at heart, brought laughter to all, and was loved by many.

He is survived by daughter Molly Green, granddaughter Gretchen Green, sisters Marianne Dellape and Patricia Jones, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life will be on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Kukuiula Small Boat Harbor. The family suggests aloha or casual attire, and welcomes friends, flowers and stories about George.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

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 was 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 were 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 the Hanalei Canoe Club beach at Hanalei Bay pier Saturday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. Friends are welcome to gather to celebrate Sean’s life.

George Phillip Knapp

George Phillip Knapp passed away at his daughter’s home in Kapaa on Sept. 1, 2017, at the age of 90. He was born in California on June 19, 1927, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in WWII, and retired as an electrician with Mauser Electric.

He was preceded in death by wife Valerie Knapp, son Brian Skala and sister Elizabeth Sutton.

He is survived by sons Paul (Yvonne) Sassone of Oregon, Stephen (Lea) Sassone of California and Mark (Yukiko) Sassone of Kapaa, daughter Maria (Robert “Joe”) LaMadrid of Kapaa, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Private services will be held in California.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Knapp family with arrangements.

Michael Allan Splittstoesser

Michael Allan Splittstoesser of Lihue passed away at Wilcox Medical Center on Sept. 6, 2017. He was 49. He was born in Japan on Oct. 27, 1967, and was a commercial diver and fisherman and employed at Aloha Termite Inc.

He was preceded in death by mother Chiyako Splittstoesser.

He is survived by his wife Lisa Splittstoesser and daughter Malia Splittstoesser, both of Lihue; brother Mark (Sandy) Splittstoesser of California; sister Mika (Scott) Vann of Georgia, father Norman Splittstoesser of Marshall Islands, nieces Kayla, Eryn, Rachel and Hannah, and nephews Obed and Connor.

A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at Lihue Lutheran Church.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the Splittstoesser family with arrangements.

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