Obituaries for Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Joseph Quinton Smith

Joseph Quinton Smith, 94, was born in Pensacola, Florida on Nov. 10, 1926. He died at home in Wailua Homesteads on Dec. 3, 2020.

Whether you knew him as J.Q., first sergent, Uncle Penny or Papa J.Q., your lives have been touched and have been impressed by his love of family, his honorable service to this country, his energy for hard work and service to the community.

He led an amazing life, and by any definition was a hero. He followed his oldest brother and joined the Marines at 17, was a survivor of three wars, and received the Purple Heart medal twice.

A special highlight of his career was being stationed alongside his family in Oslo, Norway. He was on special duty at the American embassy and also flew top-secret missions during the Cold War era. He loved being a Marine. It infiltrated everything he did in life.

After his Marine Corps retirement his love of cooking and his business sense developed into restaurant management (Reubens, Kaua‘i) and restaurant ownership (Brick Oven Kailua, Quinton’s Wharf in Hawai‘i Kai and Quinton’s @ Ward Warehouse). Papa J.Q. was always available for his family, and was the “go-to guy” when help was needed in the families’ four different restaurants, whether it was on Kaua‘i or in New Mexico.

His first “retirement” from the Marines was followed by his second “retirement” from the restaurant business. He went on to work alongside Coins of Hawai‘i and the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce to develop the Kauai Dollar, became an ostrich and emu breeder and meat wholesaler, went back to school at Kaua‘i Community College in his 80s to be certified to open an air-conditioning and refrigeration business. He still wasn’t busy enough, so he went through training to become a security guard at the Social Security Administration office in Lihu‘e.

His love of service and community kept him going, whether it was Toys For Tots, the Rotary, ROTC, Score Ace mentorships, Marine Corps League, the Veterans Museum, or undertaking the task of rehabilitating the AE4 aircraft that fronts the Kaua‘i Veterans Center in Lihu‘e. He was a volunteer extraordinaire, and he led by example. It has been said, “He was a sterling example from the Greatest Generation.”

He was married to the love of his life, Lillian, for 74 years. They met at 19 in Washington D. C. when he pretended to need help roller skating and asked “his Lily” for assistance. Their love story is an amazing love story in itself.

He was loved, admired and is survived by wife Mary Lillian Smith, daughter Sharon (Steve) Gerald, granddaughters Tanya (Thor) Temme and Amy (Paul) Frazier, and grandsons Jesse (Anahi) Gerald and Bryan Gerald.

He was blessed by being Papa J. Q., a great-grandpa, to Tristan and Sienna Temme, Miles and Steele Frazier, Dillon Davis, and Maya and Avalani Gerald.

Private burial services will be held by the family at Kaua‘i Veterans Cemetery.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Rudy Campos

Rudy Campos, of Simi Valley, California, formerly from Makaweli, died on Nov. 29, 2020, at age 74. He was born on Aug. 4, 1946, at Waimea Hospital. He was a retired mechanic leadman from Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

He was preceded in death by parents Francisco Sr. and Clarita Campos, and sister Marcelia ‘Marcy’ Mendonca.

He is survived by wife Katherine Harada Campos of Simi Valley, sister Fely (Daryll) Dement of Kaua‘i, brother Francisco Campos Jr. of Kaua‘i, sons Rudy Jr. and Brandon (Monique Perriera) Campos of Simi Valley, daughters Michele ‘Maile’ (Jeff Gonzales) Ae of Las Vegas, Camille (Trevor) Koholua Lau of O‘ahu and Erin Campos of Simi Valley, 10 grandchildren; two fur grandbabies; two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to COVID-19, no services will be held at this time.

Valerie Kaleiokalani Caminos (Adric)

Valerie Kaleiokalani Caminos (Adric), 51, passed away on Nov. 26, 2020. She was born on O‘ahu on April 20, 1969.

She was preceded in death by father Valentine “Babe” Lionel Adric Jr., brother Valentine “Kolo” Lionel Adric III, grandfather George Kekuawela “Tutuman” Ai, and nieces Hi‘ilei Maile Ho‘oikaika and Moani Anela Kia‘i Adric.

She is survived by husband Jonathan “Beaver” Daniel Caminos, mother Blossom Maile Adric, daughters Chanelle “Kalei” (Ryan) Hunter, Cheyna “Kauma” (Rad) Caminos and Cherisse “Ku‘ulei” (Keoni) Caminos, siblings Ellen (William “Billy”) Ho‘oikaika, Elvin Adric and Alika (Jaylene “Pi‘i”) Adric, hanai brother Kawika “Chooch” Kahaunaele, grandchildren Cheydon Jon, Raden, Kashton Ryder, Karson Reign, Mikaela, Kaulana, Kana and Oliver, and numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held on a later date.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

LuAnn ‘Tootie’ Leialoha SuiLan Aiu

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of LuAnn “Tootie” Leialoha SuiLan Aiu on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Born on Oct. 11, 1961 on Kaua‘i, she grew up there and chose to return to her home for the later part of her life. She retired from the Social Security Administration on Maui.

She was a talented artist and musician, and was beloved by all.

She was preceded in death by parents Harold and Juliet Aiu.

She is survived by her partner and love of her life, Jennifer Ching, children Malia (Kona) Kuailani, Jesse Avila and Michaela Tapia, hanai daughter Monique Perriera, mother-in-law Pegi Braun, sister Wendy, brothers Bob (Joc), Joe, and Tom, brother-in-law Jeffrey (Avi) Heaukulani, niece and frequent caregiver Mardi Harlow, “other kids,” her nieces and nephews, Jodi Johnson, Justin Aiu, Tracy Pellazar, Aaron Aiu, Carly Aiu, Micah Aiu, Kylee Richards, Sadie Ansai, Paisley Richards, Isaac Johnson, Logan and Dylan Aiu and August and Violet Perriera, grandchildren Dallas and Darling Kuailani, and hanai siblings Jerry Nakasone, Lorna Nishimitsu and Charn Hall.

Her infectious laugh, smile and personality will definitely be missed by all.

Services will be held on Kaua‘i at a later date.

Juan Ancheta

Juan Ancheta, 83, of Lihu‘e, passed away on Dec. 8, 2020. He was born in Lihu‘e on April 26, 1937, and retired from Lihu‘e Plantation Company.

He was preceded in death by wife Rehina Ancheta, daughter Betty Fahselt, parents Leocadio Ancheta and Eugenia Sanches, brothers Cipriano and Pedro Ancheta, and sister Louisa Ramos.

He is survived by children Gabriel Ancheta, Clayton (Donna) Ancheta of Hanama‘ulu and Teresa (Ralph) Worrell of Anahola, grandchildren Nalani (Daniel) Pa of Lihu‘e, Amanda (Chad) Canaynay of Largo, Florida, Salena (Vernon) Dela Cruz of ‘Ele‘ele, Bryson Worrell of Kapa‘a and Nelson Nitta Jr. of Kalaheo, great-grandchildren, Daniel “Kaili,” Tyler and Jonah Pa, Isaiah and Maliah Dela Cruz, Morgan Worrell-Bunao and Caleb Canaynay, sisters Mary (Jesse) Canoy of Ewa Beach, E. Delores (Robert) Helser of Nanakuli and Rosita Fry of Colorado Springs, brother Eiko Ancheta of San Francisco, brothers-in-law Albert and Arthur Maghanoy, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens, with viewing from 10 a.m. to noon. Cremation will follow.

Kaua‘i Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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