April 28, 1918 – November 6, 2018
Born in Del Rey, California April 28, 1918. Passed away peacefully at his home in El Monte, Ca. Tuesday November 6, 2018. 100 years old.
Widowed, his wife Riyeko died in 2008. Survived by his 4 children Kenneth (Lana), Michael (Michelle), Timothy (Cindy), and Margaret (Christian). 8 Grandchildren, and 7 Great Grandchildren.
Decorated WWII and Korean War Veteran. Fought in the South Pacific during WWII. He reached the rank of Lieutenant. He was instrumental in the conclusion of the War with Japan, by being the main translator of the Surrender Documents signed by the Japanese in Tokyo Bay to officially end the War with Japan. This was signed on September 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay.
After his U.S. Military career he moved to the Los Angeles area and studied accounting while having a gardening business. He received his degree and worked as a cost accountant until his retirement.
He and Riyeko were married over 50 years and enjoyed countless days with their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Yoshito enjoyed playing cards, pool, and ping pong. He was very skilled in all these activities.
He took great pleasure in entertaining at home with his family. Always easy to talk to and helped everyone he met.
One of his greatest interests was the San Gabriel Japanese Community Center. He spent much of time devoted to the center. Helping to grow the center and being a very active member.