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Thursday, May 25, 2000

William Klopp,
Korean War pilot
and state aviation
officer, dies at 71

Musician ‘Danny’ Otholt
More obituaries

By Harold Morse


William "Bill" Klopp, 71, who flew 40 missions in the Korean War and later served as longtime general aviation officer with the Airports Division of the state Department of Transportation, died Tuesday.

The San Francisco-born aviator was assigned to Hickam Air Force Base after his Korea service, and he and wife Dorothy decided to make Hawaii their home.

"Almost everything about him was outstanding as far as I'm concerned," Dorothy Klopp said, noting their marriage lasted 49 years. "He was a very special man."

He flew four-engine C-54 transports in Korea in psychological warfare operations, dropping propaganda leaflets from the aircraft behind enemy lines.

The Air Force chose to move his squadron from Hickam to Maine in the 1950s.

"We decided we didn't want to do that, so we got out of the Air Force," his wife said. "He worked downtown for a few years, and then he was general aviation officer for the Airports Division."

A 1966 Star-Bulletin story said Klopp was chosen as the state's first general aviation officer out of a field of 24 applicants. He retired from the post in 1990.

He was a member of Aloha Flight Daedalians and the Hawaii Yacht Club.

He also is survived by son Jim; stepbrother George; niece Jackie Halstead-Bothell; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Although no formal services are planned, friends will assist in scattering his ashes next week, probably Wednesday, over the ocean from the air, his wife said.

"He's a pilot, and they're all pilots, and they're going to see that he goes west, as they say, in fine shape," she said.

Donations may be made to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

‘Danny’ Otholt,
guitarist and vocalist,
dies at 54

By Harold Morse


Daniel C. "Danny" Otholt, 54, a Honolulu musician known as a versatile jazz guitarist and singer, died May 17 in Kaiser Hospital.

"He loved to play music," recalled his brother John. "He enjoyed making people happy with music. That was his goal. That's what he enjoyed about playing music."

Danny was the oldest of seven children. "He kind of was the leader of the family, and everybody honored him," his brother said.

John Otholt recalled Danny was playing in bars at age 16, after having learned guitar in his early teens. After leaving home at 18 and going on his own, he was drafted and served as an Army medic in Vietnam, something he rarely discussed, his brother said.

Born in Honolulu and a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, he performed at Trappers in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki with pianist Betty Loo Taylor in the early 1990s. His credits also include engagements at John Dominis and Trattoria restaurants, Hank's Place in Kaimuki and the Imperial Hawaii Hotel.

His earlier bookings, as a member of the group The Three of Us, included the Sheraton-Waikiki, Top of the Ilikai, JB's White Elephant supper club in the Colony Surf Pavilion Hotel, Russell's Rowboat, Cinerama Reef Hotel, Outrigger Hotel, Hilton Hawaiian Village and Kuilima Hotel on the North Shore. Additionally, he played in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and other places.

He also is survived by companion Gayle Bonham; sons Timothy Otholt and Anthony Lee; mother Elnora O'Neill; sisters Kahana Smith, Lorna-Lei Love, Nina Weaver, Nona Haberman and Helen Kalili; and one grandson.

Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Inurnment 10:30 a.m. June 1 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. The family requests aloha attire.

Lillian L. Au, 91, of Honolulu, a retired teacher at Waialae Elementary School, died Friday. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by daughters Eunice Whitaker and Carol Devenot; brother Stanley Lee; sisters Peggy Lau and Violet Wong, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after 12:30 p.m. Burial: Diamond Head Memorial Park. Casual attire. No flowers.

Maria T. Battad, 84, of Hilo died April 25 in Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by sons Francisco and Segundo Jr.; daughters Juliana Caberto, Maxima Aspacio, Loreta Baptista, Marina Ines, Alfreda Pertudo and Kathy Cabanting; sisters Juanita Quizon and Florencia Taal, 39 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wake services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 5 to 9 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Saturday at Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Casual attire.

Sakura Bush, infant daughter of Roger and Naomi, died May 17 in Maui Memorial Hospital. She is also survived by grandparents Dale and Velma Bush and Takenobu and Kaori Hirokaga. Private services.

David S.P. Cheung, 84, of Honolulu, a retired retail merchant, died last Thursday in Honolulu. He was born in China. He is survived by wife Loretta; sons John, Phillip and Louis; daughter Marian Yeung; sister Layah Elliott, and eight grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary. Call after 10 a.m. Burial to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.

Robert "Bobby" Flores, 64, of Hilo, a retired electrician for Mauna Kea Electric Co., died Saturday in Hilo Hospital. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Isabella; sons Robert Jr., Kirk and Roscoe; daughters Roberta De Mello, Debra Torres and Stella Flores; brother John Jr.; sisters Dorothy Bernard and Anita Flores, 17 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Dodo Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Prayer services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Alae Cemetery. Casual attire.

Leroy S. Fujii, 63, of Makakilo, a heavy equipment mechanic at Pearl Harbor Shipyard, died May 20 in Pearl Harbor. He was also a retired warrant officer. He was born in Paauilo, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Kyong Hwa Min; sons Steven and Johnny Goodman; mother Yusami; brothers Susumu, Earl, Ralph and Kenneth; sisters Setsuko Kouchi, Amy Higuchi, Aiko Fung, Judith and Lorna Fujii and Marge Roper, and a grandchild. Services: 7 p.m. next Thursday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. June 2 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.

Yoshiko Hara, 84, of Kurtistown, Hawaii died May 15 at home. She was born in Kalopa, Hawaii. She is survived by sons Lloyd, Stanley and Craig; daughters May Occhipinti, Frances McNellis, Ethyl Radowicz and Sylvia Donovan; brothers Shigemi, Kazuto "Slim" and Dr. Al K. Takayama; sisters Kimiyo Matsuoka, Masae Saito and Ruth Shinno, 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services: 4 p.m. Sunday at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1856 Kinoole St. in Hilo. Call after 3 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.

Edward Henry Jr., 50, of Kaaawa, a planner for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, died Monday at home. He was born in Pennsylvania. He is survived by wife Dee Dee Letts; stepdaughter Ariel Krape, and brother Robert. No services.

Shigeru Ichiki, 95, of Lahaina, a retired owner of M. Ichiki general store in Lahaina, died Friday in Hospice Care. He was born in Fukuoka, Japan. He is survived by wife Toyoko; sons Albert and Gerald; daughters Thelma Christison, Beatrice Honnaka and Annette Ichiki; brother Hidemi; sisters Tomie Hasegawa, Matsue Fujii, Misae Kimura and Tokie Ichiki, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services held.

Salvador D. Jose, 84, of Honolulu, a retired musician for Harmony Islanders, died May 14 in Kaiser Hospital. He was also a retired Naval Inspector for Public Works Center. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Josephine; sons Salvador "Buddy" Jr. and Randolf; daughters Geraldine Demain, Patricia Alexander and Theresa Calpito; sisters Emily Bonifacio and Juanita Torado; brother Fidel; 24 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Inurnment: 1 p.m. Monday at Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Gary-Vincent Kim, 48, of Kailua, assistant manager for the Plantation Cafe in the Ala Moana Hotel, died last Thursday in Castle Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Rae-Ann; son Sean-Vincent; daughter Iwalani; mother Dorothy; brothers Ray-James, Paul-Allan and George Jr., and sisters Julia Noguchi, Georgiana Chock, Stephanie Kaneshiro and Leona Augustin. Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire. No flowers.

Joseph J. Manalo, 71, of Phoenix, a retired executive chief, died May 16 in University Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. He was born in Kahuku. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He is survived by wife Lorraine Mary "Rego"; daughters Cindy Davis, Jody Phillips and Kathy Cooper; sons Joe Jr., Michael and John; sisters Mary, Rosie, Cookie and Loli; brothers Johnny and Freddy, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Casual attire.

Carol Ann Onishi, 54, of Honolulu died May 7 in St. Francis Hospice. She was born in Wahiawa. She is survived by husband Donald; father Daniel Park, and brother Philip Park. Private services.

Sam T. Otake, 91, of Honolulu, a retired dentist, died May 16 in Palolo Chinese Home. He was born in Honolulu. Services: 2 p.m. Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Aloha attire. No flowers.

George P. Pai, also known as "Uncle George" or "Pali," 63, of Honokohau, Hawaii died May 2 in Honolulu. He was born in North Kona, Hawaii. He is survived by daughter Yvonne "Mo'i"; stepdaughter Brenda K. Kauhi; brothers William "Kahaku'i" K. Jr., Pedro "Pete," Phillip, Jerry J. and Delayne; sisters Annabelle Kawaihalau and Shirley Gibcomb, and hanai sister Annie K. Bailado. Services: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Honokohau Boat Harbor Pavilion. Scattering of ashes at sea to follow.

Robert John Peterson, of Hawaii Kai died April 8 in Honolulu. He was born in Chicago. He is survived by wife Christian D.; son Steve, and three grandchildren. Memorial services: 11 a.m. June 14 at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Aloha attire. No flowers or donations.

Elton I. "Sham" Sumida, 48, of Wailuku, Maui will be remembered in services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ballard Family Mortuary. He is also survived by father Tadao. The additional information for an obituary published yesterday was provided by the mortuary.

Miyuki Tokunaga, 88, of Wailuku, Maui, a retired cook at Baldwin High School cafeteria, died yesterday in Hale Makua. She was born on Maui. She is survived by daughters Dorothy Murakami and Thelma Hisashima; sister Gladys Yamamoto, four grandchildren and a great-grandson. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Wailuku Hongwanji Mission. Casual attire. No flowers.

Albert K. Tsutsui, 69, of Waipahu, a retired housing manager for the federal government, died May 12 at home. He was born in Pahoa, Hawaii. He is survived by wife Sachiko; son Russell; mother Tsuruyo; brother Douglas, and two grandchildren. Private services.

Takashi "Henry" Watanabe, 80, of Pearl City, a retired painter for the state Hawaii Housing Authority, died Saturday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Wayne H. and Kevin T.; daughters Sharleen E. Teruya, Amy Y. Kira, Joyce C. Watanabe and Janice K. Fujii; sister Helen Kotaka, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services: noon Sunday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Casual attire. No flowers.

Herbert K. Wong, 92, of Honolulu died May 17 in Palolo Chinese Home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sister Annie W. Tom. Private services.

Irene S. Yoshimura, 74, of Honolulu, a retired waitress, died May 12. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Glenn, Gaylord and Garret; daughter Gwenette; brothers Richard and Kenneth Sakai; sisters Jean Shido, Doris Tagawa, May Laughlin, Grace Komoda and Alice Miyake, and seven grandchildren. Private services.

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