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Obituaries

Wednesday, March 3, 1999


George Walters, 95,
was unusual hero of
Pearl Harbor attack

By Harold Morse
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

George S.B. Walters, who used his huge crane to shield the Pacific Fleet flagship, the battleship Pennsylvania, from attacking enemy planes on Pearl Harbor Day, died Friday in Kaiser Hospital. He was 95.

Some witnesses credited civilian Walters with saving the Pennsylvania and helping Navy gunners down eight to 10 attacking planes.

As the attack went on, Walters continued to run his electrified crane back and forth along its track to keep it in the path of incoming bombers and use the boom as a pointer to warn gunners which direction planes were coming from.

After a 500-pound bomb exploded nearby, damaging the crane and stunning Walters, he nearly fell from the crane. A Navy officer climbed up and tackled the staggering Walters, who knew nothing of what was going on until he awoke later in the base dispensary. Walters' crane may have contributed to the crash of an enemy plane, which appeared to damage its undercarriage on crane cables. He was told the plane crashed at Hospital Point below Aiea and that it hit a building on its way down.

Walters had moved the crane just in time to avoid a direct hit from the bomb, which left a 17-foot crater.

Walters later wondered how he survived.

“Why God has protected me, I don't know,” he said. “But he must have had a reason.”

Walters also was a clown and ringmaster with Shriners' clowns who entertained ill children and other groups for charity.

He performed countless hours of volunteer work in various activities and was chosen as the outstanding male senior citizen for 1994 in the Mayor's Senior Recognition Program.

His many interests included growing things. He learned to make compost, did planting and installed an irrigation system on a small plot.

Born in Denver, Colo., his parents brought him to Hawaii when he was 14 months old. He first worked at Pearl Harbor in 1935, remaining a crane operator until 1950 and retiring from the shipyard as a supply technician in 1966.

Most recently, he lived at Salt Lake.

He is survived by sons Lewis and Dr. Wesley Walters; daughter Yvonne Walters-Dias; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oahu Cemetery Chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Graveside inurnment will follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Arrangements by Ultimate Cremation Services of Hawaii.


Bullet Grace Mae Bacon, 75, of Honolulu, a retired teacher/librarian with the state Department of Education, died Jan. 29. Born in San Francisco, she is survived by nephews James “Kimo” and Paul; nieces Kaniu Segovia, Anna Slagle and Monica and Mara Bacon; and sister-in-law Mercedes. Private services.

Bullet Douglas C. Bajadali, 63, of Honolulu, a retired construction inspecting engineer, died Feb. 20 in Honolulu. Born in Hawaii, he is survived by son Douglas Jr., brother Harold and sister Genevieve Hughes. Memorial services over ashes: 10 a.m. tomorrow at Queen's Beach. Scattering of ashes to follow. Aloha attire.

Bullet Fannie Ng Choy, 85, of Honolulu died Feb. 22 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by son Wendell; daughters Virginia, Roberta and Cynthia Young; and two grandchildren. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 10:30 a.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Alfred “Timmy” Domen Jr., 40, of Maili died Feb. 14 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by brothers Clinton and Anthony, sister Waynette, and many hanai families. Services: noon Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Susumu Fujimoto, 74, of Aiea, a retired self-employed iron fencing craftsman doing business as Modern Metal Craft, died Feb. 22 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Yasuko; daughters Sharon Fujimoto and Jan Lim; brothers Edmund, George, Stanley and Franklin; sisters Diana Minakami and Amy Fujimoto; and three grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Tadami Fujiwara, 81, of Waimanalo, a retired landscaper, died Feb. 20 in the Veterans Administration Center for Aging. Born in Wahiawa, he is survived by wife Kiyomi, son Clyde T., daughter Jenny S., brother Hiroshi, two stepbrothers, three stepsisters, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Memorial services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Inurnment: 2 p.m. Monday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.

Bullet Madeline F. Gnagy, 78, of Honolulu died Feb. 17 in Newark, Calif. She was born in Albuquerque, N.M. She is survived by daughter Janice C. Mees; and sons James C. and John C. Pursley. Services: April 24 at the Honolulu Elks Lodge.

Bullet William A. “Aba Dukie” Hanawahine, 58, of Waimanalo, a fisherman, died Feb. 3 in Kailua. He was also a retired gas station manager. Born in Waimanalo, he is survived by daughters Jeanette, Wilma and Charisse; sons William II, Samuel and Michael; brothers Henry Kealoha and Joseph, Clifford and Lindsey Hanawahine; and a grandchild. Memorial services: noon Saturday at Kaiona Beach Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Don D. Hatico, 62, of Mililani, an employee at GTE Hawaiian Tel, died Feb. 11 in Wahiawa General Hospital. Born in Kahuku, he is survived by sons Donovan Hatico and David, Darrell and Derek Alvarico; daughters Dawn Hatico, Debra Dallas, Deanna Alvarico, Drusilla Fujimoto and Danielle Wilkie; brothers Christopher, Jose and Anthony; sisters Dolores Albeso and Josephine Cua; 11 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary- Waipio, makai chapel. Call after 11 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Ruji “Rudy” Hayashi, 81, of Honolulu, a retired superintendent of maintenance and operations for the city Department of Auditoriums, died Saturday in Queen's Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Jane T. and sisters Utako Yoshimoto and Peggy Jones. Memorial services: 10 a.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Wallace L. “Wally” Ho, 79, of San Francisco and formerly of Honolulu, a semi-retired insurance agent for Purple Shield-Pierce National Life Insurance Co., died Jan. 29 at home. He was also a merchant marine in the early 1940's. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Anne Karin; children Lani, Miki and Kimi; stepchildren Diana Cox and Chiquita and Yvonne Merzenich; brothers Harry, Harold, Arthur, William and James; sister Harriet Ching; and five grandchildren. Services held. Condolences suggested to 1200 College Walk No. 108, Honolulu 96817.

Bullet Sheldon L. Johnson, 64, of Kailua, a retired carpenter, died last Wednesday in Kailua. He is survived by wife Jean, sons Soren and Brandon, sister Charlene Roebuck, and two grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet George H. “Jackson” Kahula, 73, of Wailuku died Sunday in Kahului Hale Makua. Born in Hana, Maui, he is survived by wife Sarah K., sons George H. Jr. and William P., daughter Sarah Edlao, brother Henry P., sister Esther Kealoha, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Services: 8 p.m. Saturday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call after 6 p.m. Aloha attire.

Bullet Mitsuo Kamisato, 81, of Honolulu, a retired cook at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, died Feb. 19 in St. Francis Hospice. Born in Kohala, Hawaii, he is survived by son Edwin R.; daughter Linda H.; stepbrothers Mitsuo and Saburo Oya; stepsisters Yuriko Oshiro and Kay Shiigi; and half sisters Jean A. Ikeuchi, Yaeko Tanaka and Sumiko Hanoa. Private services.

Bullet Stanley J. Kuloloia, 62, of Wailuku, who retired from the state Department of Accounting and General Services, died Feb. 21 in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Wailuku, he is survived by sons Davenroy “Bullie” Kuloloia and Jonathan Harada-Kuloloia; daughters Lettitia-Nadine “Mei-ling” Maika and Rochelle Harada; brothers Peter Kuloloia and Peter Kekona; sisters Evalani Johnson and Leiana and Margaret Kuloloia; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Maui Memorial Park. Aloha attire.

Bullet Pio De Leon Lagran, 90, of Honolulu died Feb. 8 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Irene E. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Call from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the mortuary. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park.

Bullet Virginia M. Lee, 82, of Honolulu will be remembered in services 3 p.m. today at Holy Nativity Church. Aloha attire. She is survived by husband Richard and son Richard Currie Lee II. Incorrect information for an obituary published yesterday provided by the mortuary.

Bullet Aaron K.O. Manuel, 47, of Waianae, a construction foreman, died Feb. 19 in Queen's Hospital. Born in Nanakuli, he is survived by wife Dolores G.; sons Aaron Jr. and Darryn; daughters Dolaaron Raffensberger and Tristol, Crystal and Darnelle Manuel; brothers Joseph K., Bill-Werner and Joseph D. Manuel Jr.; sisters Gardenia Kamealoha and Aaronelle Kaneakua; and two grandchildren. Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nanakuli Door of Faith Mission, 89-142 Haleakala Ave. Call from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Cremation to follow. Services: 11 a.m. Sunday at Depots-Nanakuli Beach Park. Scattering of ashes to follow. Aloha attire.

Bullet Richard M. Matsumoto, 79, of Honolulu, a retired owner and proprietor of R.M. Matsumoto Construction Consultants, died Feb. 17 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by wife Harriet K.; sons Mervin D., Wayne K., Thomas M. and Kenneth M.; brother Isao “Blackie”; sisters Ethel H. Tanaka, Hazel H. Takumi, Masue Kubo, Ellen T. Tomai and Jane S. Tabata; and six grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet George C. McDonald, 76, of Ojai, Calif. died Thursday at home. Born in Atoka, Okla., he is survived by companion Jules M. Ness; sister Rita Platt; and brothers Joe, Jimmy, Gene and Abe. No services.

Bullet Lorrin A. Meyer, 83, of Waipahu died Feb. 20 in St. Francis-West Hospital. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by brother Walter and sisters Pearl Petro and Ethel Shaner. Memorial services: 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Kenneth J. Mikesell, 76, of Eleele, Kauai, a self-employed machinist, died Friday in Wilcox Hospital. Born in Knoxville, Iowa, he is survived by wife Corinne, son Jerry, daughter Pat Marsteen, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Services on the mainland.

Bullet Florence A. Murai, of Honolulu, a retired social worker for Queen's Hospital, died Feb. 22. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by husband Keo, son David, daughter Susan Perrin, brother Robert Sasaki, sister Sumie “Sue” Miller, and a grandson. Memorial services: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Harris United Methodist Church. No flowers.

Bullet Masashi Murakami, 85, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaiian Electric Co. mechanic, died Feb. 18 in Kaiser Hospital. Born in Kahuku, he is survived by wife Betsy; son Wendell; daughter Myrna Miyoshi; brother Yoshio; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private service.

Bullet Haruo Nagatani, 84, of Honolulu, a retired custodian for the Hilo Public Library, died Sunday at home. Born in Waikea-Uka, Hawaii, he is survived by wife Kiyoko; sons Ronald M., Dennis T. and Nason S.; daughter Sheila Tonaki; and four grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Pedro Nono, 90, of Kapaa, Hawaii, a private maintenanceman, died Feb. 21 in Wilcox Hospital. Born in the Philippines, he is survived by wife Felicidas C., sons Ernesto and Elpidio, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary. Services: 10 a.m. Friday at St. Catherine's Church. Call from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Burial: church cemetery. Casual attire.

Bullet Rosie C. Oliveira, 95, of Honolulu died Feb. 22 at home. Born in Honolulu, she is survived by daughters Ethel Mae Nelson, Rosealani Spencer and Joan Oliveira; sisters Rita Wiggins and Irene Sawada; a hanai granddaughter; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Mass: 9:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Mount Church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Aloha attire. No flowers.

Bullet Yuriko Oshiro, 75, of Honolulu, a retired waitress at Violet's Grill, died last Wednesday in Kuakini Geriatric Care Inc. Born in Niulii-Kohala, Hawaii, she is survived by daughters Lorraine Y. Ifuku and Patricia K. Oshiro; brothers Ernest and Saburo Oya; sisters Kiyoko Shiigi, Asano Ikeuchi, Yaeko Tanaka and Sumiko Hanoa; and two granddaughters. Private services.

Bullet Matias C. Pascual, 93, of Kapaau, Hawaii, a retired cook for Hilo Hospital, died last Wednesday at home. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Perpetua; sons Major Madonel, George, Alexander, Matias Jr. and Lance Cpl. Adrian; daughter Jackelyn Fajayan, a registered nurse; brother Godofredo; and four grandchildren. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Hawi. Prayer: Pascual residence, 53-427 Maulili St., Upper Halaula. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Call from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Burial: Hawi County Cemetery.

Bullet Jose Rinon Ramirez, 88, of Honolulu, a retired handyman, died Jan. 24. Born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, he is survived by friends, nieces and nephews. Private services.

Bullet Procopio A. Sagadraca, 84, of Ewa Beach, formerly of Waipahu died Feb. 9 in St. Francis Hospital. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Buenaventura “Orang”; sons Silvestre and Fedrico; daughters Estrella Gervacio, Gloria Sagadraca and Elena Mendoza; sister Carlota Visitacion; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. Wake services: 7 p.m. Friday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Samoa Samoa Jr., 47, of Kailua-Kona died Friday in Hilo Hospital. Born in American Samoa, he is survived by wife Rowena P.; daughters Renee and Rowena T.; mother Toafa; brothers Elisara T. and Tuifao; sisters Falesoa Tuamoheloa, Maloupu Sataua, Toalua Samoa, Iutita Sau noa, Fulisia Samoa and Faleteine Sunia; and a grandchild. Services: 4 p.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call after noon.

Bullet Sumiko Sawa, 91, of Honolulu, a retired packer at Diamond Head Bakery, died Feb. 21 in Kuakini Hospital. Born in Pearl City, she is survived by son Etsuo, daughter Tameko Morikawa, sisters Doris Y. Miura and Violet H. Yamamoto, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire.

Bullet Stanley F. Silva, 57, of Ewa Beach, an employee with ATTCO Inc., died Friday. Born in Honolulu, he is survived by father Harold; brothers Donald, Harold and Elmer Silva Jr. and Raymond Balderson; and sisters Elizabeth Nardi, Barbara Jean Nakamura and Virginia Oasay. Private services.

Bullet Juan “Johnny” Siobal, 87, of Honolulu died Feb. 23 in Kuakini Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. Call from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Borthwick Mortuary. Mass: Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Yoshiko Smith, 69, of Honolulu died last Wednesday in Hospice House Kailua. Born in Tokyo, she is survived by brothers Toshiichi, Fumio, Shigeru, Shizuo and Sadao Nakajima; and sisters Yaeko Hensley and Kazuko. Memorial services: noon Saturday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary.

Bullet Gertrude Souza, 82, of Haleiwa died Feb. 18 in Crawford's Convalescent Home. Born in Waialua, she is survived by sisters Mary Martin and Emily Borges. Private services.

Bullet Guillermo D. Tagalicud, 87, of Pearl City died Feb. 19 in Straub Hospital. Born in Ilocos Norte, the Philippines, he is survived by wife Benita V.; daughters Marythess Clemente, Marichit Nicolas, Bernie Nii and Patsy Dela Vega; son Nolan Dela Cruz; four sisters in the Phil ippines; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Bullet Tadashi Uchigaki, 85, of Waipahu, a retired state juvenile parole officer, died Friday in St. Francis-West Hospital. He was also a World War II veteran. Born in Waipahu, he is survived by wife Harriet H., daughter Karen M. Kuioka, sister Doris Okamura, and two granddaughters. Memorial services: 6 p.m. Friday at Waipahu United Church of Christ, 94-330 Mokuola St. Call after 5 p.m. Aloha or casual attire. No flowers.

Bullet Bernadette Wruck, 63, of Makawao, Maui, died last Wednesday in Maui Memorial Hospital. Born in Laniscourt, France, she is survived by son Eric; daughter Isabelle Eastling; brothers Paul, Bernard and Jaques Delahaigue; sisters Andrea Xaxo, Louise Delahaigue, Jacqueline Blavet and Julia Rhode; and four grandchildren. Services held.

Bullet Haruko Yamamoto, 84, of Honolulu, a retired Kaawa Farms Food packer, died Feb. 14 at home. Born in Koolauloa, she is survived by daughters Dorothy M. Chun, Sarah Y. Kamida and Helen S. Oyama; brother Tsutae Fujioka; sisters Yaeko Hiromoto, Hiroko Takai and Makiyo Sambuichi; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Private services.

Bullet Ralph A. Yoshitake, 84, of Lahaina, a carrier operator for Pioneer Mill Co., died Feb. 6 in Kaneohe. Born in Lahaina, he is survived by companion Grace Nakoa, sons Edwin H. and Richard T., daughters Myrtle I. Kanemitsu and Sue K. King, sisters Harue Harada and Momoyo Waiwaiole, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and former spouse Helen C. Private services.



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