Kaoru “Bill” Honda

Kaoru “Bill” Honda, 94, of Santa Barbara, California, died peacefully on April 17, 2011 after a brief, but rapid illness. He was surrounded by his wife, four sons and a granddaughter when he went to be with the Lord.

Bill was born December 8, 1916, in Lompoc, California, the son of Senmatsu and Sumi Yura Honda. He was the oldest of 3 siblings (brothers Masanobu and Ben Michio). He graduated from Lompoc High in 1934. From 1942 to 1959, Bill lived in Salt Lake City and Keetley, UT. He was married to Lucille Kawate in 1954 and they relocated to Santa Barbara in 1959. Bill retired with the U.S. Postal Service after 32 years of dedicated service.

He was a very avid walker, bowler and softball player well into his 80s and early 90s. In 1997, Bill was inducted into the Japanese American National Bowling Association Hall of Fame.

Bill touched the lives of many people and was an inspiration to all. He will be especially remembered for his gentle and kind spirit, positive outlook, great athleticism especially later in life, family gatherings and reunions, dedication to his church, and love of sports.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Lucille; sons Clifford of Canoga Park, CA; David and wife Cindy of Vail, CO; Paul and wife Marie of Diamond Bar, CA; and Mark and wife Marian of Bothell, WA; grandchildren Davey, Katy, William, Natalie and Daniel; and many nephews, nieces and good friends.

A memorial service will held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 28 at Bethany Congregational Church, 556 North Hope Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA. Family and friends are welcome with a reception immediately following from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Bethany Congregational Church or a charitable organization of your choice.