Obituaries for February 2
Richard “Richie Boy” Tsuneki Omija Jr., 58, of Honaunau, died Jan. 26 at his residence. Born in Pahala, he was a retired construction inspector and former road supervisor for the County of Hawaii. A Celebration of Life will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Naalehu Community Center. Service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by wife LuciAnn Omija; daughters Rikki Omija, Rachel Omija; son Robert Omija all of Honaunau; parents Richard and Thelma Omija; brother Michael Omija, all of Waiohinu; sister Katie (Loyd) Hokama of Hilo; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Cremation Services of West Hawaii.
Douglas “Boysie” Fairbanks Mercado Jr., 53, of Hilo, died Monday, Jan. 20, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Honolulu, he was a drywall contractor and member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo. Friends may call Thursday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 9-11 a.m. Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at Alae Cemetery. Survived by son Zachary E.K. (Senait) Mercado of Seattle; daughters Tiana P. (Christian) Daligdig and Chelsie K. Mercado of Honolulu; mother Felicidad “Tillie” Mercado of Hilo; brother James (Leah) Mercado of Hilo; sisters Belinda (Primo) Castro of Honolulu and Vannessa (Randy) Apele of Hilo; six grandchildren; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Martin Stanley Oliver, 70, of Hilo died Jan. 24 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Canada, he worked on the Canadian oil rigs prior to forming Porcine Aqua, Inc., handling ranching and farming operations in Eaglesham, Alberta. He was a proprietor of The Land Office Inc. in Laupahoehoe and Naalehu and was the former manager for the original Dairy Queen in Waimea. He was a member of the Hawaii Island Board of Realtors Association, a pilot and member of the Hilo Experimental Aircraft Association and avid ballroom dancer and “water boy” for the Big Island Ballroom Dance Club. Celebration of Life noon Saturday at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale. Aloha attire. Survived by wife Violet Puanani Hussey Oliver of Hilo; son Bryan (Sara) Martin Oliver of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandson Jaxon Oliver of Scottsdale, Ariz.; stepsons Troy (Estelle) Cross of Clackamus, Ore., Anthony (Ashley) Ganir of Murphy, Texas, Larry (Chancey) Balbarino of Hilo, Morgan Balbarino of Hilo; stepdaughter Tracey (Efren) Salmo of Woodburn, Ore.; hanai sisters Cindy (John) Clarke and Luci Patri of Alberta, Canada; hanai brothers Harold Potraz, and Edward Potraz, both of Alberta, Canada; brother-in-law Allan (Pamela) Diemert of Alberta, Canada; numerous cousins and step-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Timothy James Lee, 55, died Jan. 24 at his home in Volcano. Born in Minneapolis, he was a landscaper and the owner of Aloha Aina Landscaping Service. Friends may call Emma Hartley at 985-7257 for service information. Casual attire. Survived by hanai daughters Emma Hartley of Volcano and Michelle Hartley of Pahoa; hanai son, Nick Lesseos of Hilo; brothers, Dr. Steven (Cindy) Krych of Texas, Kevin (Laura) Krych of Iowa and Tom Lee of Minnesota; sisters, Katie (Michael) Odens of Minnesota, Cynthia Lee of Hilo and Cheryl Lee of Minnesota; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc.
Amy Emiko Matsukado, 70, died Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Hale Nani Rehabilitation &Nursing Center on Oahu. Born in Kurtistown, she was a retired secretary with the Hawaii State Department of Education and a member of the Kurtistown Jodo Mission. Friends may call at the Dodo Mortuary Chapel on Saturday from 3-4 p.m. Memorial service at 4 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers. Survived by sisters Gayle (Gary) Yoshinaga, and Wanda Matsukado, both of Oahu; numerous nieces, nephews and a grandnephew. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc.
Winifred Hauoli Batalona, 77, died Jan. 1 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo she retired from Mac Farms of Hawaii Inc. as a crew chief supervisor. Visitation will be Friday at Hilo Church of God from 6-7 p.m. Service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday at Hilo Church of God from 9-10 a.m. Service at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 in Hilo. Casual attire. Survived by sons Harry (Ened) Batalona of Hilo and Ray (Jolynn) Batalona of Hilo; daughters Leolani Leona (Raiden Lagat) Oyama of Honolulu, Michele (Tevita) Talanoa of Hilo and Mei-Li (Corey Fukushima) Ortiz of Hilo; brother Clarence “Spida” Kahele of Hilo; sisters Stella Kahele of Hilo, Gladis “Eva” Decoito of Hilo and Diana Kahele of Hilo; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary Inc.
Faith Tsui Louie, 82, of Hilo, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Hospice of Hilo Pohai Malama Facility. Born on Kauai, she was a retired elementary school teacher for the Hawaii State Department of Education and a member of the Wainaku Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hilo. Friends may call Friday at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Visitation from 9-11 a.m. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Casual attire. An urn committal will be Monday, Feb. 10, at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 (Sec. C) at 9 a.m. Survived by sons James (Nanette Nishimura) Louie of Kaneohe and Nathan (Deneen) Louie of Hilo; daughters Patti Ann (Stephen) Cipro of Maui, Stacy (Baba Lancaster) Louie of Hilo and Ashley (Byron) Rezents of Maui; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
Pedro “Pete” T. Quiocho, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 26, at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Kamuela. Born in Honokaa, he was a retired Vietnam Veteran in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. He worked as a Steward for the Hilton Waikoloa and was a member of the Honokaa United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 003-Hilo, Big Island National Guard Retirees Association-Hilo, Big Island Military Association-Hilo, Disabled American Veterans Post #9-Puna, Veterans of Foreign Wars-Hilo, International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU)-142 and the Hamakua Saranay Club. Friends may call Wednesday at the Honokaa United Methodist Church. Visitation from 4-5 p.m. Wake service at 5 p.m., followed by an all-night vigil. Friends may call again Thursday at the Honokaa United Methodist Church. Funeral service at 7:30 a.m. Casual attire. Burial at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2 at noon. Survived by wife Flora C. Quiocho of Honokaa; daughters Florence Quiocho (Ruben) Wamil, Jr. and Karen Quiocho (Lyle) Purgganan of Honokaa; sons Gerald Quiocho, Peter Quiocho and Philip Quiocho of Honokaa; brother Rudolfo (Miyako) Asuncion of Oahu; sisters Violet (David) Dias of Paauilo and Marilyn (Boy) Calivoso of Kalopa; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister in-law Fay Quiocho of Tacoma, Wash.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.
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