Monday, October 11, 1999

Rites slated Wednesday
for florist ‘Rudy’ Ogawa

Star-Bulletin Staff


A hobby growing orchids inspired Rudolph Sakae "Rudy" Ogawa to open one of the first flower shops in Moiliili on King Street in 1952.

Ogawa, 69, of Honolulu died peacefully in his sleep Friday at his home.

Rudy's Florist became an institution for graduations, weddings and funerals.

It was one of the four early flower shops clustered on King Street Diamond Head of University Avenue, and out of those first shops, is the only original still in operation today, family members said.

At one time Ogawa owned and operated flower shops opposite each other on King Street.

Ogawa left his first shop to serve for 36 months in combat during the Korean War.

Although he was offered a job driving what must have been Honolulu's first armored car, he returned to flowers and said he never regretted it.

He is survived by his wife Suyeko "Sue"; daughters Estelle Ogawa and Ernelle Shoma; brother Richard; sisters Florence Shirakata and Nancy Tahata, and two grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hosoi

Garden Mortuary. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Cremation to follow. No flowers. Casual attire.

Juan A. Corpuz, 78, of Honolulu, a retired City and County maintenance worker, died Saturday at St. Francis Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Mauricia; sons Dominador and Laren; daughters Rose Ilgin, Norma Ilgin, Ofelia Poyrazoglu, Gemma Gagni and Agrifina Quiane, and 13 grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Call after 6 p.m. Burial at a later date in Chicago, Ill.

Soon Bong Hong, 82, of Ewa Beach, a retired security guard, died Wednesday in Honolulu. she was born in Seoul, Korea. She is survived by son Joon Pyo; step-daughter Hisug Bae, and five grandchildren. Private services.

William "Boboy" Kealakai Kanaka'ole, 63, of Waimea, Hawaii, a retired Hilo Correctional Facility lieutenant, died Oct. 3 at Kona Community Hospital. He was born in Keaukaha. He is survived by wife Judene; sons Wardner, Troy and Jeffery Rios; sisters Edith Floyd, Pearl Garmon, Pua Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka'ole-Zane, and eight grandchildren. Services: 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Judene Kanaka'ole residence at 44A Lunalilo St., and at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the residence. Call after 3 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Burial to follow at the Lupenui Family Cemetery, also known as the Kanaka'ole Cemetery, in Kapapala, Kau, Hawaii. Dress for cool weather.

Andrea Lacambra Layco, 80, of Waipahu, died Tuesday at the Convalescent Center of Honolulu. She was born in the Philippines. She is survived by sons Severino Sr., Felipe and Orlandino; daughters Agripina Radona, Jean Cablay and Mechora Ader; sister Josephina Ordinario; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday at St.Joseph Church. Call after 8 :30 a.m. Burial to follow at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Casual attire.

Ayau Lum, 93, of Honolulu, who was employed by First Insurance Co. and Pyramid Insurance Co., died Sept. 27 at home. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sisters Elsie Soo, Rose Wong, Helen Ching and Violet Ing. Private services held.

Robert J. Terry, 83, of Aiea, a retired electronics engineer, died Sept. 30. He was born in Houston, Texas. He is survived by wife Vale; son Gregg; daughter Bobbie Strong, and three grandchildren. Private services held.

John "Tochi" Yotsugo Tochimura, 59, of Honolulu, a retired Hawaiian Electric Co. marketing specialist, died Wednesday at St. Francis Hospice. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by son John, and daughters Lena Yee and Corie. Services: 6 p.m. Thursday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. No flowers. Casual attire.

Yolanda Quizon, 52, of Pearl City, died Oct. 2 at St. Francis West Hospice Center. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by mother Isabella; brothers Ronald, Wallace and Lanny, and sister Elizabeth Maynor. Services: 7 p.m. Thursday at Aiea Seventh Day Adventist Church. Call after 6 p.m. Private burial.

You can also search the Hawaii State Library System's
Hawaii Newspaper Index online for older obituaries at:
The index, which goes back several decades,
is available via Telnet software.

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