Obituaries for Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Michael K. Chow

Michael K. Chow, 59, of Visalia, California peacefully passed on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Kaweah Delta Hospital.

Michael was born on May 2, 1959, on Kauai. A hard worker, he was a long time employee of the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort as a security guard and retired from the State Department of Transportation highway division as a heavy equipment operator.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Martha Chow; eldest sister, Lyndelle Makanani.

A gentle soul, Michael was fun, loveable and a devoted family man. He is survived by his wife, Malia Chow; daughter, Mishelle Kahilena Chow; son, Michael Waika Chow; God children, Ekolu and Tristyn Rivera; his sister, Darlene (George) Thronas; brothers, Ken Chow and Clayton (Kim) Chow; nieces, Sheri and Sharlene Thronas, Kendra and Kaylyn Makanani; nephews, George Jr. Thronas, Tyson Thronas and Kahale Chow; brother-in-law, Tommy Makanani; in-laws, Wenny (Mary) Rivera, DeeAnn ( Tom) Slobig, Akala (Bryan) Aiwohi, Elua (Trish) Rivera; Hanai family, John and Judy Crabtree of Visalia; tons of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of life and legacy will be held at the Lihue Veterans Center on Kauai, on March 22, 2019. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. with services to follow and luncheon to follow at the Veterans Center. There will be a burial to follow at the Lihue Cemetery.

John Robert Kirby

John Robert Kirby died on March 11, 2019. He died of brain cancer at home with Hospice and family. John was born in 1943 in Champagne Illinois. After a twenty-two-year career in the US Navy he became a chief engineer in hotels and high-rise buildings including hotels on Kauai and Maui. He was currently employed at the Daniel Inouye Technology Center at KCC in Puhi. He is survived by his wife, Patty Kaliher and a sister and descendants on the mainland.

At John’s request there will be no service.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family.

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