Obituaries for Friday, August 2, 2019

Toshio Kobayashi

Toshio Kobayashi of Koloa passed away on July 18, 2019, at Wilcox Medical Center, at the age of 93.

He was born in Koloa to Ryuichi and Okiyo Kobayashi on March 11, 1926. He retired from Grove Farm Properties as a carpenter leadman and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Army from April 1946 until August 1949 as a corporal in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was honorably discharged with the Army of Occupation Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

At the age of 33, he made the most important decision of his life. He made the decision to believe in Jesus Christ and to receive Him as his personal Lord and savior. From that moment on, he did his best to live a life committed to the Lord, and to raise his children up according to the truth of God’s word.

Through the grace of God and his decision to place his faith in Jesus, we can rest assured that when he took his last breath here on earth, he breathed his next breath in heaven, his eternal home.

He was an active member of Koloa Missionary Church and Hanapepe Church of the Nazarene. He will always be remembered for his hardworking, sacrificial and generous spirit, especially toward his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents Ryuichi and Okiyo Kobayashi, sisters Katsuko Takahashi, Katherine Shizuko Urabe and Itsue Ikehara, and brothers Takeshi Kobayashi and Tatsuo Kobayashi.

He is survived by wife Setsuko Kobayashi, daughters Laurie (Michael) Depoe of Eleele and Lynne Kobayashi of Kalaheo, son Miles (Mary Jean) Kobayashi of Lihue, sister Kikuyo Inouye of Honolulu, brothers Shizuo (Joan) Kobayashi of Kaneohe, James (Lillian) Kobayashi of Wailua and Stanley (Bette) Kobayashi of Koloa, grandchildren Jaycie, Sean, Kody, Allan Jeremy, Mikaela, Madden and Arahbella, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at the Kauai Veterans Cemetery on Wednesday, Aug. 7, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. and services at 11 a.m., with lunch and burial to follow.

The family requests casual attire and that flowers be omitted.

Borthwick Kauai Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.

Pedro Munoz

Pedro Munoz of Kilauea passed away on July 19, 2019, at Wilcox Medical Center, following complications from bladder-cancer removal. He was 93.

He was born on March 24, 1926, in Carlsbad, California, to Jobita Acevedo and Anastacio Munoz.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Japan during WWII, and heroically fought at the beginning of the Korean War. Returning to Carlsbad, California, he brought his wife, Umeno, and two children, Joe and Joan. He joined the California National Guard Reserve and worked as a heavy equipment operator in civil service at Camp Pendleton, California.

He was preceded in death by parents Jobita Acevedo and Anastacio Munoz, wife Umeno Munoz, brothers Frank Munoz, Gilbert Munoz, David Munoz and Treno Munoz, and sisters Dora Lambert, Bea Gomez and Marie Montanez.

He is survived by brother Chacho Munoz of Temecula, California, sisters Jesse Canela of Temecula, California, and Ruth Rojas of Linda Vista, Califonia, children Joe (June) Munoz of Keapana, Joan (Robin) Slingerland of Kapahi, Bobby Munoz of Brookings, Oregon, Linda (Jim) Hennessy of Haena and Albert (Sandy) Munoz of Carlsbad, California, grandchildren Leela Pabo, Sachi Munoz, Makana Munoz, Leroy Slingerland, Monica Moore, John Moreno, Justin Hennessy, Lea Hennessy, Robert Hennessy, James Hennessy, Jordan Munoz and Rachel Munoz, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Having retired on Kauai over 35 years ago, he became an avid farmer, taking pride growing bananas, rambutan, papaya, citrus and avocado. You would usually find him selling at the local Sunshine Market, most notably Wednesday’s market in Kapaa.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. at 2981 Kaohe St. (take left off of Kalihiwai Road) on the way to the beach. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for support for Kauai farmers at the local Sunshine Market or other outdoor markets.

Kauai Memorial Gardens assisted the family with arrangements.

Yukitoshi (Boogie) Kusaka

Yukitoshi (Boogie) Kusaka passed away at Garden Island Health Care on March 13, 2019, at the age of 87. He was born on Jan. 13, 1932. He retired from the Carpenters Union. He also served in the U.S. Marines, and was a corporal in the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by son Dwayne Kusaka, parents Robert and Masaji Kusaka, brother-in-law Akira Teramoto, nephew Lester Teramoto and brother-in-law Gerry Kikuta.

He is survived by wife Fely Kusaka, son Royden (Weena) Kusaka of Lihue, daughter Norine (Val) Kusaka of Lihue, grandchildren, brothers Charles (Mayor Maryanne) Kusaka of Wailua and Henry (Lynn) Kusaka of Lihue, sisters Helen Teramoto of Honolulu, Kay (Lamont) Shadowens of California, Chieko (Harry) Ehara of California and Dorthy Kikuta of Honolulu, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Niumalu Beach Park, at noon.

The family suggests casual attire.

Garden Island Mortuary is assisting the family with arrangements.


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